The LaRowe family farm was started in 1911 by Scott LaRowe’s maternal grandfather, Louie Hendricks. Louie milked cows and farmed 240 acres. Louie grew vegetables and took them to the Twin Cities to sell during the Great Depression. When Scott was 16 years old, he and his father, Gordy, decided to farm the land together. By the time Scott and Kristi were married in 1985, the farm had grown to 1,000 acres. The couple expanded by buying farms, then selling the house and a few acres, which helped offset their costs.
Currently, the LaRowes own and run 660 acres in southern Minnesota in addition to owning and renting 2,500 acres in Isanti County. They raise corn, soybeans and small grains. The family employs six or seven workers in the spring and summer including Chris Morrisetti who works full-time on the farm and has done so since he was 15.
Scott and Kristi’s sons were very involved in the farm growing up and now come back to the farm to help. Matthew still likes to help finish the fields and owns his own business. Andrew works in road construction and likes to help plant and Levi is a realtor but still finds time to plow the fields.
Scott is an elder at Cross Pointe Church in Cambridge, where the LaRowes volunteer a good deal of their time, and they are members of the Farm Bureau Federation. Scott’s greatest pastime is finding agates in their fields where he has found many unique rocks.
Scott and Kristi bought a lake home near their farm where they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren—especially time fishing.