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.

Woman Farmer Lorraine Redig

Lorraine began farming with her late husband Art not long after they married in 1950.  Their farm is in rural Winona, MN. Lorraine raised eleven children along with foster children and exchange students on the farm.  She always did the kitchen gardening, cooking and preserving.  She always helped with the milking of 60 cows and… Continue Reading

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

Opening Reception for “Rooted In The Land” (SE Minnesota Woman Farmers) & Mary Slabaugh, Farm Woman

    The date of the opening reception for “Rooted in the Land”  SE Minnesota Women Farmer project is April 14th, at the Winona County Historical Society.   Please join us from 1-3pm for refreshments and to meet many of the women farmers.  More to come about that later!   I wanted to share a little… Continue Reading

Esther Heyer, woman farmer in SE Minnesota

Esther Heyer  farms with husband Harley in SE Minnesota.  Ester’s farm is “Heyer’s Out on a Limb Orchard and Gardens”.  The first blog I posted about my project “Rooted In the Land” included a painting of their daughter Bethany on the farm with her baby pigs.  This pastel painting is of Esther picking calendula from… Continue Reading

Woman Farmer Theresa Schieffelbein

Theresa Schieffelbein always wanted to be a farmer.  Her grandfather was a farmer and as a child Theresa would help him “fix tractors” with a bucket of bolts. Along with her husband Erwin, Theresa is now a heritage pork and beef producer on 33 acres filled with woods.  Their farm is Hindsight Heritage Farm in Wykoff,… 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

Opening Reception for Honoring the Land:  March 3, 4-6pm in Winona, MN

Opening Reception for Honoring the Land: March 3, 4-6pm in Winona, MN

Honoring the Land Paintings by Julie Johnston  “Honoring the Land” will be on display  in the Ben Miller Lobby   Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota  700 Terrace Heights  Winona, Minnesota February 27th – March 27 Please join us for an Opening Reception Friday, March 3, 2017 4-6pm Continue Reading


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