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Douglas County Farm Family

Engelbrecht Family

Warren and Norma Engelbrecht’s family farm started as a dairy operation in 1902. Currently, the family is growing crops and humanely raised, antibiotic-free hogs for Niman Ranch. Conservation and sustainability are the focus of the family operation to ensure the future for the next generation—none of which would be possible without the help and encouragement of family, friends, and supportive neighbors.

Warren and his oldest son, Darren, are the full-time farm operators, but the entire family helps wherever they are needed. Warren and Norma’s extended family all live within a mile of each other. The couple’s grandchildren are enrolled in 4-H which has brought cattle, goats, rabbits, chickens, and turkeys to the farm, along with a lot of learning and entertainment.

Warren and Norma have four children. Darren is married to Tara and they have four children, Hunter, Ethan, Gavin and Seth. Their daughter, Karen, is married to Steve Bundermann and has three children: Alex, Kodi and Rylee. Warren and Norma’s daughter Lisa and her husband, Mike Lennes, have three children: Reagan, Hayden and Brynley and the Engelbrechts’ son Ryan has three children with his wife, Courtney: Jackson, Nathan and Bennett.

The Engelbrechts have been members of the Vikings Sportsmen for many years. They are also members of their local FFA alumni chapter. The whole family is involved in 4-H. The Engelbrechts will do anything they can to support youth in agriculture education opportunities.

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