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Beltrami County Farm Family

Molnar Family

Molnar Gardens began in 1981. The family has farmed at the current location since 1984. Jeff and Jacki Molnar have 90 acres with eight acres of vegetable gardens and 60 acres of pasture that is home to a sheep flock of 40-80 ewes with lambs.

From 1981 until 2010, the family raised chickens, ducks, pheasants and turkeys. They also raised milking goats. Currently, the Molnars raise over 25 different kinds of vegetables including many different varieties of each. They’ve used no synthetic weed killers or fertilizers on their land. The Molnars are careful to manage their land as a renewable resource of earth, water and vegetation.

The family’s woodlot is selectively cut for firewood and milled boards used in the family’s home for kitchen cabinets and other on-site building projects.

The Molnars have six grown children who come back to the farm to help when needed. They have four daughters, Danielle, Anastasia, Amy, and Johanna and two sons, Nathan and Luke.

Jeff and Jacki were 4-H leaders when their kids were younger. Jeff was Beltrami County Fair Dairy Goat Barn supervisor and has given many sheep shearing demonstrations at the fair. Jeff helped launch three area farmers markets with hundreds of other farm families over more than three decades. He now serves as vice-chair of Bemidji’s Natural Choice Farmers Market.

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