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We're so happy to have awarded Mikkonen Organic Farm this morning.

The Mikkonen Organic family farm began as a conventional farm back in 1944 with two brothers, Alvar and Raymond Mikkonen following their father’s footsteps as 2nd generation farmers. They started with 200 acres near the small town of Frederick in north central South Dakota a mere 5 miles from the North Dakota border. The little Finnish town of Frederick felt like home to these two Finnish men & their 6 brothers and sisters who settled in the area.

In 1986, under the management of the 3rd generation, brothers Rory and Lonny, it was decided to try their hand at farming organically. The financial climate looked like they should consider the suggestion from their Aunt Eve, longtime member of Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society and look into the niche of organic farming. Doing some research and their due diligence, they became certified for the first time back in 1989 and have never looked back.

They typically they grow 4 - 5 different crops in a season and have grown as many as 12. Over the years, they’ve had sheep, pigs, and cattle in addition to their grain. They still own cattle, chickens for their own consumption, and focus now primarily on the grain production.

In addition to Rory and Lonny, their mother Pat still lives on the farm and loves to garden and cook for the boys. Also part of the operation is Lonny’s wife of 31 years Krysti, and two of their four children, Mariah and Jayden.

They are involved in their community and committed to the sustainable and organic mission. Rory serves on the Brown County Conservation Board, Lonny is an officer for SD OCIA and Krysti is a board member for NPSAS.

Watch this beautiful video for a glimpse of their farm: m.youtube.com/watch?v=lOrK3dreFws
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And amazingly delicious it was! Thanks for sharing your great food!

It looks soooo good!!

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Our sponsors make all the learning, connections, and great conversations possible at the conference. Their financial contribution is important, but we also so value the years of experience and great expertise they bring to the Food & Farming Conference.  Special shout out to our Grand Champs! Nature Safe, Farm Commons, CoBank, North Central Region SARE

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We're so happy to have awarded Mikkonen Organic Farm this morning.

The Mikkonen Organic family farm began as a conventional farm back in 1944 with two brothers, Alvar and Raymond Mikkonen following their father’s footsteps as 2nd generation farmers. They started with 200 acres near the small town of Frederick in north central South Dakota a mere 5 miles from the North Dakota border. The little Finnish town of Frederick felt like home to these two Finnish men & their 6 brothers and sisters who settled in the area.

In 1986, under the management of the 3rd generation, brothers Rory and Lonny, it was decided to try their hand at farming organically. The financial climate looked like they should consider the suggestion from their Aunt Eve, longtime member of Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society and look into the niche of organic farming. Doing some research and their due diligence, they became certified for the first time back in 1989 and have never looked back.

They typically they grow 4 - 5 different crops in a season and have grown as many as 12. Over the years, they’ve had sheep, pigs, and cattle in addition to their grain. They still own cattle, chickens for their own consumption, and focus now primarily on the grain production.

In addition to Rory and Lonny, their mother Pat still lives on the farm and loves to garden and cook for the boys. Also part of the operation is Lonny’s wife of 31 years Krysti, and two of their four children, Mariah and Jayden.

They are involved in their community and committed to the sustainable and organic mission. Rory serves on the Brown County Conservation Board, Lonny is an officer for SD OCIA and Krysti is a board member for NPSAS.

Watch this beautiful video for a glimpse of their farm: m.youtube.com/watch?v=lOrK3dreFws
... See MoreSee Less

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Comment on Facebook

Wow wow wow what a spread!!! Thanks to our Local Food Heroes at Rustica for bringing these amazing tastes! ... See MoreSee Less

Wow wow wow what a spread!!! Thanks to our Local Food Heroes at Rustica for bringing these amazing tastes!

Comment on Facebook

And amazingly delicious it was! Thanks for sharing your great food!

It looks soooo good!!

Our sponsors make all the learning, connections, and great conversations possible at the conference. Their financial contribution is important, but we also so value the years of experience and great expertise they bring to the Food & Farming Conference.

Special shout out to our Grand Champs! Nature Safe, Farm Commons, CoBank, North Central Region SARE
... See MoreSee Less

Our sponsors make all the learning, connections, and great conversations possible at the conference. Their financial contribution is important, but we also so value the years of experience and great expertise they bring to the Food & Farming Conference.  Special shout out to our Grand Champs! Nature Safe, Farm Commons, CoBank, North Central Region SARE

Anyone want to skip the grown-up stuff and just go to the kid's program? Food & Farming Conference ... See MoreSee Less

Anyone want to skip the grown-up stuff and just go to the kids program?  Food & Farming Conference

Join us after the Dreaming of a Vetter World - Fargo screening on Sunday for a discussion featuring Bjørn Solberg of Hugh’s Gardens LLC. ... See MoreSee Less

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NPSAS works directly with farmers to encourage better care of the land by increasing perennial crops, reducing chemical use and developing environmentally beneficial livestock systems.

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