Matthew and I made many stops on our drive out to Cella & Emmet’s wedding. One of the truly special places we visited was the Borgendale Farm in Montevideo, Minnesota. This is the farm where Anne Borgendale (Cricket Creek Farm 2011 intern) grew up. The farm has been in Anne’s family for 140 years – she and her siblings are the 5th generation on this land. The drive out to the farm was fully narrated by Anne. Anyone who knows Anne, knows that she is a wealth of information (that’s even an understatement! She’s a trivia whiz!).
Throughout Anne’s childhood, her father managed the farm – 200 milking cows. There were just a few hired hands – someone who did the morning milking, someone who did the afternoon milking, someone who did field work, repairs and maintenance, and then Anne’s father who took care of cow health. But of course, it was a family operation. Anne and her siblings helped collect milk for test days, participated in calf care, and helped putting up their stored forage. Anne’s father passed away suddenly 8 years ago, and her family sold the cows and much of the equipment soon after. Despite the fact that the tour of the farm had a sadness to it – quiet with no animals, a skeleton of a milking parlor, buildings in need of repair, it also had so much beauty. It felt so full of a rich history. An evolution of a farm that has been through so many changes, adapting as agriculture changed but always remaining a family business. When Anne was 10 years old she would walk out into the pasture after school and bring in the 100 dairy cows. Yes, little Anne Borgendale bringing in 100 cows to be milked.
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