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Jaron and Liz Wilson
Paullina – RedHead Farm
Why do you want to farm?
We want to farm because it gives us joy seeing creation at work. The excitement of having a crop rotation work or a piece of equipment do its job just right is satisfying. We really enjoy the lifestyle farming provides, as it gives our family the freedom to work together and have our kids be a part of what we do. It is also fulfilling being able to be our own bosses.
What are you farming right now?
Liz and I farm 107 acres of certified organic row crops, including corn, soybeans, small grains and cover crops. We also help manage other organic acres for my family’s farm, Seven W Farms, and I do the maintenance and repairs of the crop machinery.
What’s your vision for your farm?
Our vision is to see our farming operation develop with minimal operating debt while still growing; to maximize the resources we currently have in reaching their fullest potential; to be financially sustainable and provide for our family; and to use a diversified crop rotation that builds quality soil nutrients and biology in order to achieve healthy, productive crops every year.
Why do you want to participate in this program?
This program fits with the stage Liz and I are in, because we realize the need to set up a good business structure and establish goals that will lead our farm in the right direction. We have already seen the benefit of rubbing shoulders with other PFI members and more experienced farmers to gain wisdom as we look to grow a financially stable, prospering business with what we have available to us. The savings match incentive will be an encouraging way to stay on track and act on what we have learned over the two-year program.