Miranda Burski, Communications Consultant, Communications Branch
The running of a family, century-old farm deserves to be recognized in its own right, but the extra steps that Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren have taken to make Lindgren Farms the operation it is today certainly make them deserving of their recent Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) Award.
“The OYF program is an amazing experience,” Jennifer said. “It was an intense process of reflecting on where we started, where we are now and what we hope the future to be. It allowed us to look more closely at our farming and business practices and see what we can improve on, as well as ones we can celebrate.”
While the couple was nominated for the award for the farming operation as a whole, there are two elements of their work that often come up when they’re being discussed: the research they do on their farm and the agricultural education work they do with children.
Lindgren Farms is 11,500 acres of land near Norquay, Sask., split between canola and wheat. After taking it over from Jordan’s parents, aunt and uncle a few years ago, Jordan and Jennifer expanded it from a production-only operation. For the past three years, the couple has partnered with agriculture distributors to plant research plots. Later in the season they host “Field of Dreams” tours to share the results with other members of the agriculture community.
“These trials focus on varieties, seed rate, fungicide, micronutrients and different equipment used to determine how to maximize our production,” Jordan said. He added that having the trials right on the farm provides the Lindgrens with first-hand experience with what works best, allowing them to apply the results of the research directly to their crops.
Reaction to the tours has been positive. Jennifer explained that they’re seen not only as days of learning, but also as days of networking and fellowship. So far, industry partners have included Prairie Soil Services, Pattison Ag, Bayer Crop Science and ATP Nutrition. In addition to the tours and networking, the days also include guest speakers and trade shows.
This summer was the first year that the Lindgrens expanded beyond inviting other members of the agriculture industry to visit their farm. In an effort to help build public trust in agriculture, the Lindgrens opened their doors to schoolchildren.
“This year we were able to work with Ministry of Agriculture, as well as Agriculture in the Classroom, to host our first food farm,” Jennifer said. The family invited students from Grades 3 and 4 to visit the farm, where they learned about where food comes from, what a plant needs to grow and farm safety. They plan on inviting children back to the farm in future years.
“This day was so rewarding to us both, and exciting that we can share our passion for agriculture with the next generation. We look forward to our fall food farm, where we can teach the kids about what happens at harvest and how it gets to their plate.”
Including children in the future of agriculture is important to Jordan and Jennifer. They currently operate their farm with their four children, Jaxson, Alexis, Westin and Bristol. Keeping the farm a family operation is important to them. “Family is everything, and being able to share what we love with our kids is important,” Jordan said.
He added that he and Jennifer consider their employees to be a part of their farm family, as well, and are grateful for everything they’ve helped them accomplish. “We appreciate them and their families for being a part of what we do.”
This article was originally published in the October 2018 issue of Agriview.