Category Archives: Women Farmers

Woman Farmer Margo Warthesen and Many Hands Farm

Margo Warthesen owns and manages “Many Hands Farm” in Theilman, MN with her husband John.

Margo finds a sense of place on the farm.  She grew up on a farm and always knew that she wanted to be a farmer.  The farm and farm family history bring her a deep sense of place. Many Hands Farm is diversified and uses organic farm practices.  The garden includes all sorts of veggies, berries and apples.  There is also pasture for beef cows and calfs.  This bucolic farm has sheep, lambs, goats and chickens too.   Margo markets the farms products through farmers markets in Rochester and Wabasha, MN.  She is also a talented artist.  She weaves, makes quilts and sells her “Gourd-dash-ion” dolls.

I painted Margo in oil in her beautiful garden.

Farmer Sue Wiegrefe & Prairie Plum Farm

Sue Wiegrefe owns Prairie Plum Farm in Canton, Minnesota. She holds degrees in horticulture, floriculture, woody plants and public horticulture.  Before becoming a farmer, Sue has worked in Chicago and Phildelphia Arboritums and taught horticulture at University.  Sue works off the farm part time. Sue’s farm was originally an Amish storefront.  She has 14.5  beautiful… Continue Reading

Bonnie Haugen, Farmer at “Haugen’s Springside Farm”

Bonnie Haugen is truly an amazing networker.  Among other things she is the Minnesota education coordinator for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and helps in coordinating and promoting a women farmers fall gathering. Bonnie has been at her farm, Haugen’s Springside Farm, near Canton, Minnesota since 1993.  In the early farming days she learned to milk… Continue Reading

Whitewater Gardens farmer Sandy Dietz

Whitewater Gardens farmer Sandy Dietz

Sandy Dietz with Whitewater Gardens in Altura, Mn is another incredible farmer from my painting series of SE Minnesota Women Farmers. Sandy, along with husband Lonny, has been farming since 1996 when Sandy left her job to begin growing produce on a small patch of their land. She sold her produce, displayed in the beginning… Continue Reading

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