We Are Farmer John's
John’s family acquired this land about 100 yrs ago. It was slowly turned into a farm where sugar beets were grown, harvested and sold to the sugar beet factory.. when the factory closed, cattle grazed the land providing meat, milk and profit , When the cattle were no longer profitable John decided he wanted to raise sheep. He started out with 30 Targhee sheep known for their wool and meat. He now has over 400 sheep with a mix of Targhee meat and wool sheep, East Friesian milk sheep and a few Suffolk Meat sheep. The animal population has grown to include dairy and meat goats, Dexter cattle, chickens, bees, a yak of course cats, for mousing, dogs for animal protection and dogs and horses for herding.
In 2011 Cheryl and John met and with their common interests and goals, they married. Cheryl’s Hickory Leaf Dairy Goat herd also became a part of the ranch where she continues to breed her goats with excellence in mind for showing, milk production, cheese and of course the newest experience, Goat Yoga!. When John started doing his running of the lambs tours he let everyone know that he was Farmer John. Through the years and events, different times children would holler, “Hi Farmer John!” The name stuck so we decided to combine it with our sustainable practices and named the business Farmer John’s Sustainable Farming LLC.
The benefits of becoming part of the Farmer John’s family is that our farm is full of things that are educational, hands on, family oriented, and close to the city. What else could you want then to have a great family experience, a date night or to take a few hours and step into farm life just outside the city. This is such rewarding work that we would love to share the fun with all who want to participate and learn.
Needless to say, we are always busy finding ways to improve the quality of our animals for meat, wool, milk, show and fun. We would love to have you join in the fun.
Our Farming Practices
Map from Liz