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Meet Your Farmers

Andy

Farmer at Brokaw Family Farms


Andy grew up in the rich cultural heritage of his families dairy farm. A fourth generation farmer, he learned all the tips and tricks from his favorite farming partner, his own father. As a boy, when the morning sun peeked over the horizon, he would follow his father into the barn and help milk their small herd of 30 cows. The frosty air was crisp and cool in those early hours as he brought the cows in from pasture. It's there that he learned the time honored traditions of being a true farmer and how to focus on quality instead of quantity. He learned what to feed the cows, how to make them comfortable and things to look out for. In return, they would give the most delicious milk, so sweet and creamy. Those time honored traditions stayed with him as he got older. When his father stopped farming, Andy couldn't help but feel as though something were missing. Starting a family fueled his passion even more and Brokaw Family Farms was ready to come back with might. Keeping true to his heritage, those family traditions are now stronger than ever. On any given day, you may see him in the fields, judging the quality of his hay by merely running his finger over a single stalk. Or, perhaps in the barn, teaching his own little ones how to milk the cows and feed the calves. Being one of the lead farmers, Andy is bringing Old Fashioned Values back to produce some of the best quality foods.

Piper

Farmer at Brokaw Family Farms


Piper is considered a first generation farmer. As a kid, she grew up surrounded by the city, and with it she grew up knowing all the problems that came with inner city food, including cheap fast food restaurants and GMO laden ingredients. Watching all those around her, she started realizing what the industry was doing. As she got older, things started to change. It all hit home for her as an adult when her first daughter started showing signs of puberty at the tender age of 2 1/2 years old. Yes, you read that right. After learning it was all caused from food (and the added hormones in milk/meat products), Piper decided she wasn't going to just let this pass. She switched all the food in the house to organic and started researching ways to stop this (spoiler alert: She stopped the process. Her daughter is now 10 and a healthy happy girl thanks to organic foods.) Since then she has joined organic alliances, helped 42 other families going through the same situation, graduated college with a degree in renewable energy, visited over 400 farms, lived in Spain, and returned to start her own farm. After just three years running her own farm, she met her husband and plans were put in place for an even grander adventure. Following her new found passion, Piper set out on a mission to help others. She is now one of the main farmers at Brokaw Family Farms and is bringing a new flair to the farm by using Aquaponics to grow year round-natural produce. In her free time, she loves to spoil all the farm animals with treats and loads of attention. She loves hanging out in the barn. Any other time, you can usually find her at the farmers market with a friendly smile on her face.