Lori Patnode
Lori Patnode

Lori Patnode

Corcoran, MN

AGvocate, wife and mother

My husband, Daryl, and I run our 5th-6th generation dairy and crop farm with our son and his wife. We grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat and raise Holstein dairy cows. I am an active member of MN Milk and on the Hennepin County Dairy Association Board. I also help run our local food shelf & volunteer with the Red Cross.

Yes, our son and his wife farm with myself and my husband. Together, we're also introducing farm life to our toddler grandson. We are still farming on the family farmland first established in 1881.

Writing, Travel, Reading

People are becoming more disconnected to farms and less people know a farmer. That can make it difficult to learn about where their food comes. I'm a positive person and enjoy speaking with others about our farm and agriculture in general, and I would like to be an AGvocate for our crop and dairy farms.

Along with one part-time worker, the 4 of us farm on the western edge of Hennepin County; we are 1 of the 5 remaining dairy farms in our county. We proudly milk 120 holstein cows at this time, keeping our herd at a manageable # for the 5 of us and our urban-edge location. We milk in a swing 12 parlor and the dairy herd are housed in a free-stall barn. Calves, heifers, and dry cows are also housed here on our families' land. They get excited when they hear me bringing the leftover produce from the foodshelf in my little red wagon a few times a week (it's a highlight for me too!). We also raise corn and soybean cash crops along with crops to use for our cattle's feed. We enjoy hosting tours, school visits, posting on social media, answering questions, telling others the facts about farming, and sharing our dairy pride with the public!

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