This small family farm has grown from a backyard endeavor, to a larger, more-focused greens operation, and now, to a combined hydroponic and soil farm that provides lettuce, basil, arugula, watercress, kale, spinach, and heirloom tomatoes to surrounding communities, without the use of chemical pesticides. We sell at the community farmers market in Bloomington, and we supply three cooperative grocery store locations in Bloomington, as well as several local restaurants, and one larger, multi-state wholesale produce company. We grow our hydroponic crops year-round in a greenhouse that we heat with wood during the cold months. Two family members run the farm full-time, with the part-time help of several other family members (including a couple of adorable young daughters). During the summer months, we also hire local youth to help with harvesting and other farm tasks. Our greenhouse is currently 3,000 sq. ft. and we grow on an additional acre in the field.
Four years ago, we moved home to a family farm that was barely treading water in the aftermath of a sudden divorce. Lack of structure and support had left much in ruin, but I was determined to prevent the liquidation of my family farm. We spent two years working off farm jobs while renting and working the family farm before something had to give. We made the leap to full time farming and today Twin Brook Farms is best classified as a diversified hay and pastured livestock farm, though we do have a one acre in vegetable production, an apple orchard, and our own bee hives. We currently raise 35 head of beef cattle, 700 sheep and lambs, 20 goats, 70 hogs, 100 or so free range chickens, and harvest over 1500 tons of hay. We maintain all of our own breeding stock, many of which are heritage breeds and heritage crosses. My husband and I are the sole farmers, and recently purchased the neighboring 100 acres of light forest and pasture to alleviate our largest production constraint: access to pasture. This land also gives us a chance to build equity in property we actually own! We will continue to rent the pasture and care for much of the 700 acre, seven generation, family farm which is comprised of 150 acres of hay fields, 80 acres of pasture, and over 400 acres in old growth forests.
Our farm consist of a small herd of goats. It is run by me (Ken Summers) and my three sons. We currently have 8 goats on approximately two aces. The farm also produces honey from our beehives.
The Pumpkin Farm is a small diversified vegetable farm run by Jason & Nicole Lobisser. We farm about 9 acres and have about 30 laying hens. Jason grew up raising pigs, milking cows on a small dairy farm and has grown pumpkins for wholesale on and off for the past 10 years. Nicole doesn't come from a farming background but the moment she started she couldn't think of doing anything else. Currently we attend 3 local Farmers Markets, have a 30 member CSA(Community Supported Agriculture) and a small self serve vegetable stand. We love growing vegetables and raising animals and hope to some day have a diversified farm, with vegetables and livestock and sell direct to our customers.