The Floyd Broman family, of Plymouth, and the Kreitlow/ Ford family, of Howard Lake, were recognized as Farm Families of the Year on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls.
Families receiving honors were selected by their local county committees from the University of Minnesota Extension Service and have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture and agriculture production.
BROMANS GREENHOUSE LLC
The Floyd Broman family, of Corcoran, has been named as Hennepin County’s “2017 Farm Family of the Year.”
Floyd Broman grew up on the family farm in Plymouth and took over the farm in 1961. After the death of his father in 1974, and his mother in 1978, Floyd, Carol, and their two young sons moved to Corcoran. There they built greenhouses where they began raising flowers and vegetables. Floyd and Carol sell their produce and plants on-site and at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. In addition to flowers and vegetables, Floyd and Carol also raise vegetable plants for local vegetable growers, including a large number of Hmong family farmers.
Floyd is a member of the Central Minnesota Vegetable Growers Association, for which he has served as a board member for many years. Floyd is also a member of Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, Minnesota Grown and Minnesota Farm Bureau.
The Bromans supply plants for a large number of fundraising organizations, including schools, churches, scouting troops, 4-H clubs, and youth athletic clubs. The Bromans are also very active members of Word of Peace Lutheran Church, in Rogers. The couple is committed to supporting the local community and believe it’s important to support local fruit and vegetable growers.
KREITLOW/ FORD FAMILY
The Kreitlow/Ford family, of Howard Lake, has been named Wright County’s “2017 Farm Family of the Year.”
The Kreitlow and Ford farm was founded in 1898 by August and Pauline Kreitlow. The next generation to farm the land in Middleville Township was William and Esther Kreitlow. Willard Kreitlow is the third generation of the family to live on the farm, and he has done so since he was born in 1922. The farm was primarily a dairy until the 1990s, when Willard sold the cows and continued to raise row crops and hay. Willard’s daughter, Marienne, moved back to the farm in 2002 with her husband, Jerry Ford.
The Kreitlow/Ford family credits much of their farm’s success to their highly cooperative relationship with their neighbor farmers, Kevin and Kelly Stokes. The family owns 288 acres and much of that is rented to the Stokes. All of the land is in soil and water conservation practices. Marienne and Jerry raise replacement heifers for the Stokes’ dairy and have a small grass-finished beef herd. They also grow organic garlic and potatoes for market in addition to eggs from their laying flock.
Willard Kreitlow is a founding member of the Wright County Parks Board and served for over 40 years. He served about as long on the Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
Jerry works for the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota and directs the Minnesota Garlic Festival. He is currently participating in research projects with the University of Minnesota and has volunteered with 4-H.
Marienne is a professional musician who regularly works with the music program at Buffalo United Methodist Church.
The Kreitlow/ Ford will be recognized officially at the Wright County Fair on July 28 and in a ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls.
‘MAJOR DRIVERS OF MINNESOTA’S ECONOMY’
“These farm families are a major driver of Minnesota’s economy and the vitality of Minnesota’s rural communities,” said Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension. “The University of Minnesota is proud to recognize these farm families for their contributions to agriculture and their communities.”
Along with Farmfest, University units sponsoring the recognition event include University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Farmfest runs Aug. 1-3 at the Gilfillan Estate, near Redwood Falls. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 3. Admission is $12 per person, and those 18 and under are admitted free. More information on Farmfest is available at www.farmshows.com/ffst.