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Aitkin County Farm Family

Godward Wild Rice Farms

Godward family, Aitkin County farm family 2021 (click image to download)

In 1950, Tom Godward’s father and uncle experimented with growing wild rice in a one-acre field. Since then, Tom has developed the farm into the largest wild rice farm in Aitkin County. Tom and his wife, Kim, have two sons, Brandon and Nick, who represent the fourth generation of the family to farm.

The Godwards grow soybeans in addition to their wild rice operation.

Tom and Kim are the owners/operators of the farm and Brandon and Nick help run it. The Godwards’ daughter, Brittany, is an elementary school teacher.

Tom has served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council for more than 30 years. Nick is a recent graduate of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program and participated in the CHS New Leaders program. Brandon is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a degree in business.

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