Client Highlight: Larry Dufek

Brown County Man Returns to Job He Loves Your job isn’t worth doing if you don’t love it, shared Larry Dufek smiling from the seat of his Kawasaki mule. Driving through the freestall barn, he goes on to explain how blessed he is to be able to work with his family and friends everyday doing something that he loves in a world where 70% of all Americans do not even enjoy their careers. It’s not hard to see why Dufek Crest Dairy with its friendly, easy-going atmosphere is a great place to live and work. The New Franken, Wisconsin farm located in Brown County has been in the family for several generations and now boasts 1200 milk cows, along with 3200 acres. Dufek and his wife, Patty, manage the farm, while over a dozen employees carry out daily tasks such as completing fieldwork and working with the cattle in their double-16 parlor. ...
May 5, 2016
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Client Highlight: Mike Baumann

Willingness to Change prompts Organic Dairy Farmer’s Post-Accident Success November 2, 2009 seemed like an ordinary day on the farm for Mike Baumann. A successful dairy farmer, he had made the transition from conventional to organic farming a few years earlier, and was in the middle of harvesting corn for feed. “We were picking corn and the corn wasn’t dry…It plugged up [the picker] and I didn’t shut it off and tried to unplug it while it was running and I got my hand caught” Baumann was hospitalized and underwent a series of surgeries to repair the damages to his arm. “I was in and out of the hospital and had four surgeries on my hand. I was out of the barn for two months,” Baumann said. Baumann lost four fingers in the accident and was left with limited fine motor skills and an inability to perform certain tasks that require two ...
April 21, 2016
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Client Highlight: Steve Acheson

Local Veteran Finds Peace on Farm Steve Acheson grew up on a dairy farm in Campbellsport, WI and that’s where his passion for agriculture started. At the age of 18 he joined the Army and served four missions.  After serving, he got an engineering degree, but he wanted to do more. Steve started an organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm a little over one year ago. A CSA is an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture. It also can be referred to as a network of people who support local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Peacefully Organic Produce is proud to be a veteran-led CSA farm in the Madison area. After just one year in the making, he has 40 CSA members and hopes to get to 120 by next year. Steve runs four acres of certified organic vegetables. He also has an herb ...
April 7, 2016
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