To be kind to you and our planet. To grow healthy, healing, organic food. To have the most fun we possibly can. To work hard doing what we love. To never sit at our desk for too long. To grow produce when others can’t. To learn something new each day.
Keewaydin Farms was founded in 1976 as a dairy enterprise, run by Richard and Mary Haucke. While, at the time, they were not certified organic, they held strong beliefs about their roles as stewards of the land. Spraying was kept to a minimum and animals were given ample pasture to graze in the summer months. As people who had come from urban environments, Richard and Mary envisioned a farm where they would raise their children and instill in them the sense of community and family found in rural living.
Now Keewaydin Farms is owned and operated by Richard and Mary’s middle son, Rufus. With a never ending passion and fascination with food of the vegetable kind, it seemed natural for him to convert the one time dairy farm into a certified organic vegetable operation. Rufus is joined in this holistic work by Joy Miller, who came to the farm in 2017. Joy grew up in the small town of Kendall, WI surrounded by the hills and valleys of the Driftless. Though farming wasn’t in her life plans prior to meeting Rufus, she quickly fell in love with the lifestyle and the land. She brings passion, drive, and work ethic to the farm, not to mention a unique ability to organize. Together Rufus and Joy face their daily work with happiness and hope that today’s labor is tomorrow’s delicious dinner.
Located at the end of Haucke Lane in beautiful rural Southwestern Wisconsin, Keewaydin Farms enjoys the serenity found only in the most quiet of places. It is a haven where the scenery nourishes the soul and the bounty of the earth nourishes the body. It is a place where three generations of the Haucke family strive to strike a balance with Mother Earth in hopes of preserving the land for future generations of organic farmers. In these times of global markets, Keewaydin Farms is rooted in providing high quality products to its local community because we believe these products are not only better for the planet as a whole but that people who eat locally are eating healthier, better-tasting foods.
A win win for us all!