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The Farm on St. Mathias
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If you are interested in joining the SPROUT, MN Market Share CSA next season, click here for more details.
Attention vendors! We are getting an early start on planning this years’ Midsummer Faire and Celtic Celebration on July 26th from 11-6. We are on the search for some of you folks to sell your wares and show us your talents! For a peek at what last years’ event brought and a copy of our vendor form, click here.
The Farm on St. Mathias is an 80 acre farm located three miles south of Brainerd, MN on St. Mathias Road (County Road 21). The Farm has 17 acres dedicated to fruits and vegetables with 10 fenced acres for vegetable, herb, and apple production, and 7 open acres planted in rotations for melon, squash, corn, pumpkins and fingerling potatoes. A 6+ acre corn maze lies just beyond an open green space used for gatherings, performances and celebrations. We host numerous school groups, daycare gatherings, social organizations and more. Contact us at 218-822-3281 to book your event.
The farm is owned and operated by Bob and Arlene Jones. Bob Jones has Bachelor Degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a Doctorate in Medicine, practicing both clinical psychiatry and hospital administration. Arlene Jones is the farm manager and is actively engaged in Farm to School, Farm to Restaurant and Farm to Institution. Bob and Arlene are passionate about the aesthetic beauty of the farm, the therapeutic role gardening and farming play in our lives, our roles in our community and participation in the pursuit of good food and healthy lifestyles. Arlene will soon finish a 3 year term as the Chair the Sustainable Farming Association of MN Central Chapter for 2010 and 2011. She recently was employed for 23 years as a part-time systems and process analyst for health care agencies. Bob and Arlene Jones are both Certified and active Master Gardeners with the University of Minnesota, Extension Service Crow Wing County.
The Farm on St. Mathias’ mission is to bring fresh, locally and organically grown good food to good people. Education on sustainable farming and farming practices is key. We believe that it is important to know where your food comes from and who your farmer is. Come to The Farm on St. Mathias and see who your farmer is. We grow “Seriously Local Food.”
Our family consists of our six children and two grandchildren, who are scattered across the country and across the world, and some who we are grateful for helping run the farm. We are a family owned and operated farm. We farm with our parents, children, siblings, grandchildren and friends. Our contractors are the Miller Bros., whose art and dedication to building is evident. Come see for yourselves.
We cannot forget our Gordon Setters: Nutmeg , who is 7 and Brie and Bleu, litter mates who were born 8-20-12. We look forward to you getting to know them at the farm.
We miss our beloved Corriander everyday, who was taken from us on 11-5-12 in a hunting incident. Blessed are we who own dogs that shelter us from our own inadequacies. “A really companionable and indispensable dog is an accident of nature. You can’t get it by breeding for it, and you can’t buy it with money. It just happens along.” Miss you everyday Annie Girl.