At your Bisman Community Food Co-op we value the people who grow our food. Our farmers and ranchers are actively contributing to the sustainability of our community through their ethical growing practices to provide your families with the healthiest food around.

When we know the faces and stories behind the food on our plates we feel a connection to the "why" that inspires us to choose local and organic. When we choose to buy local, we are actively supporting the interdependence of our community- and we are all better for it. 

We have provided this gallery so you can know your growers, get a glimpse of their practices, and most importantly connect to the REAL PEOPLE growing your REAL FOOD.

We think that is about as good as it gets!

(Scroll down to see complete slideshow galleries of each farm!)

Heritage Slavic Farm- Rugby, ND

Mirek + Julia Petrovich

Forager Farm- Streeter, ND

Jonathon + Hannah Moser

Hiddendale Farm- Turtle Lake, ND

Glen Philbrick

Skyline Ranch- Hensler, ND

Dwight + Patty Duke

Prairie Seeds- Carrington, ND

Steve Zwinger

Wild Prairie Beef- Carson, ND

Daniel + Tresa Pahl

Morning Joy Farm- Mercer, ND

John + Annie Carlson

Bessy's Best Dairy- Sterling, ND

Blaine + Kathy Goetz

 

MEET FARMER STEVE ZWINGER

PRAIRIE SEEDS - SYKESTON, ND

We are so excited to have gotten to go to Steve's multigenerational family farm near Sykeston, ND! Stay tuned for a full story behind the food- COMING SOON!

 

MEET FARMERS MIREK + JULIA PETROVICH and FAMILY

SLAVIC HERITAGE FARM - RUGBY, ND

THE STORY BEHIND THE FOOD....

Slavic Heritage Farm is located near Rugby, ND- about 2 hours northeast of Bismarck. Farmers Mirek and Julia, along with their 5 boisterous and charming children, and seasonal interns, run this sustainable farm. The family literally lives off of the land, eating fresh produce from their organically grown gardens daily in the summer, and preserved foods throughout the colder months. From their farm they run a CSA, the FARMtastic Heritage Foods Hub in Anamoose, ND and, provide fresh produce throughout the summer to the Bisman Food Co-op!

"When you create a special bond with the land and take good care of the relationship, in gratitude, the land will take good care of you. You will be the first one to whom the Prairie Meadow Maiden would smile with the lillies of the valley. She will play an ode just for you when you listen to the merry birds chirping away. She will make you sing inside when you take a stroll and inhale the life she is so eager to share with you.

We say YES to: honest organic gardening practices, self sustainability, biodynamic, passionate animal husbandry, community outreach & living each day to the fullest!

We say NO to: synthetic herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, harsh chemicals, genetically modified organisms, feeding our animals things they are not desined to eat & ever being bored!"

Learn more about Slavic Heritage Farm here!

Thank you to Mirek + Julia- we appreciate all that you offer to our community in cooperation!

 

 

MEET FARMERS JONATHON + HANNAH MOSER

FORAGER FARM - STREETER, ND

THE STORY BEHIND THE FOOD....

Growing Practices (excerpt from website): The land [at Forager Farm] has been in Jonathon’s family since 1988. The intensive veggie patch was one of the most underutilized areas on the entire farm. It is about an acre in size making it hard to maneuver larger farm equipment. Since it is surrounded by trees on three sides, it is the perfect sheltered area to grow veggies. Before Jonathon’s grandfather purchased the land, the farmer had used this sheltered area to winter feed his cattle. Thirty years later, we found the remnants of that winter feeding to be some top notch soil to grow veggies in. We have been working diligently to maintain the health of this soil.

We believe in transparent farming practices and being open and honest about all inputs used on our farm.  We do not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, or any genetically modified seed. We do use composted and aged animal manures as fertilizers, physical barriers and crop rotations as pest and disease deterrents, and if necessary, only use organically-approved sprays. Some of the seed we use is certified organic, some is not. Depends on availability, cost and performance, in practice this means we prefer to use organically certified seed as they carry traits that work well in our farming system. All soil block materials used to grow our seedlings are OMRI approved.  As a practice, our farm records will be available upon request. We welcome any inquires about this stance or about our growing practices.

Learn more about Jonathon and Hannah here

Thank you to Jonathon + Hannah- we appreciate all that you offer to our community in cooperation!

 
 

MEET FARMERS THE PHILBRICK FAMILY

(Richard, Sharon, and Glen)

HIDDENDALE FARM - TURTLE LAKE, ND

THE STORY BEHIND THE FOOD...

HISTORY

Hiddendale Farm is a century old, 5th generation family farm homestead located near Turtle Lake, North Dakota. Operation of the homestead began in the 1920’s. During the 1920s through the 1940s, Hiddendale Farm was a state-inspected nursery that specialized in raising conifers and lilacs. Many of the original trees from that era are still living today. Hiddendale Farm has a long history of also running a dairy farm until 2012. Small grains and forage crops have been raised throughout the years and are still being raised today.

Richard and Sharon Philbrick have semi-retired.  Their son Glen is in the process of transitioning to farming, but also teaches full-time.

PRESENT DAY

Hiddendale Farm is still standing strong and is as vibrant as it was a century ago. Today, a small herd of milk cows are maintained along with range cows. Our animals are members of the family. The pastures are transitioning to cell grazing. Portions of the cropland are being transitioned to farming organic product. Hiddendale Farm provides herd share, organically raised and gluten-free grains, such as Quinoa, Amaranth, Hulless oats. A wide variety of vegetables and flower gardens can also be found throughout the farm. All of Hiddendale gardens are organic by default. We continue to practice regenerative and sustainable methods of production that can and will be utilized to ensure the viability of Hiddendale Farm.

OUR VALUES

Hiddendale Farm has always treated our customers as we want to be treated. We offer transparency and tours of the farm in which the food is produced. We consume the produce and products our customers eat. We enjoy sharing with our customers what we grow and raise. We thrive on relationships with diverse groups, including ethnicity, race, religion, LGBT members, and people living in poverty. We believe in building relationships with those who are often under served. Education on and off the farm is the essential model used to develop and maintain relationships with customers and the community.

Lean more about Hiddendale Farm here!

Thank you to Philbrick family - we appreciate all that you offer to our community in cooperation!

 

MEET FARMERS JOHN + ANNIE CARLSON and FAMILY

MORNING JOY FARM - MERCER, ND

THE STORY BEHIND THE FOOD...

Morning Joy Farm is a third generation, family owned, pasture-based, local-market farm located on the rolling plains of central North Dakota. We are in the regeneration business:  regenerating the land, regenerating our food system, regenerating our local economies, and regenerating our communities.

On our farm we strive to work hand-in-hand with nature, always looking for the best way to manage our animals and our soil.  All of our livestock are rotationally grazed, moving to fresh pasture often to ensure their health and the health of the soil we all need.

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” - Wendell Berry

Learn more about Morning Joy Farm here!

Thank you to Carlson family - we appreciate all that you offer to our community in cooperation!

 

MEET RANCHERS DANIEL + TRESA PAUL and FAMILY

WILD PRAIRIE BEEF - CARSON, ND

THE STORY BEHIND THE FOOD...

Our cattle are born and raised on our family owned and operated cattle ranch in south western North Dakota.  They grow up grazing throughout the year (spring, summer, fall and winter) on native North Dakota prairie grass, just as God intended for them to do.  They have never been given or exposed to any growth hormones, antibiotics or grain.  This is truly grass fed beef at its finest!

Our cattle, like our kids, have all been raised on our ranch 30 miles south of Carson, North Dakota.  Through the years we have felt extremely blessed to raise our family here, and enjoy our own mouthwatering, wholesome beef.  

We pay close attention to the health of our land and allow it to rest between short grazing periods.  This  grazing/resting cycle produces nutrient dense native range that nourishes our cattle, so they produce nutrient dense beef.  In the coldest winter months (January - March) we add some of our own homegrown (GMO & chemical free) grass & alfalfa hay to the cattle's winter grazing diet, along with raw apple cider vinegar, molasses, and a natural mineral mixture to make sure their nutrient and energy needs are being met.

We are delighted to provide your family with the same thing we have always enjoyed...great beef that is great for you!  We hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!

Learn more about Wild Prairie Beef here!

Thank you to Paul family - we appreciate all that you offer to our community in cooperation!

 

 

MEET FARMERS DWIGHT + PATTY DUKE

SKYLINE RANCH - HENSLER, ND

THE STORY BEHIND THE FOOD....COMING SOON!

 

MEET FARMERS KATHY + BLAINE GOETZ and FAMILY

BESSY'S BEST DAIRY - STERLING, ND

THE STORY BEHIND THE FOOD....COMING SOON!

 

STAY TUNED FOR EVEN MORE COMPLETE GALLERIES COMING YOUR WAY SOON!