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Isanti County Farm Family

Bauman Family

Jimmy Bauman and Heather Lewin began their farm in 2011, and from the start the couple has had a CSA program and sold produce at area farmers markets. It took eight seasons before they purchased their forever farm location in Princeton.

The family operates a small farm and intends to stay small. They grow produce on two acres for their 26-week, 200-member, CSA program and two weekend farmers markets. Jimmy and Heather have about a quarter-acre of heated and unheated high tunnel space and sell produce from May until January. The couple operate organically, regeneratively, and use no-till practices. They own and operate the farm together. They had their first child, Beau, in 2022.

Jimmy and Heather are members of the Minnesota Farmers Union, the Sustainable Farming Association and the Land Stewardship Project. They are involved in a multi-season research project covering no-till cropping using the deep compost mulch system with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Last year the family was involved in the 100 Farms research project with the University of Minnesota. 

Jimmy has made presentations on no-till vegetable production, the deep compost mulch system, and overwintering onions. Many of the family’s past employees have moved on to become first-generation farmers and many of their current employees are on track to do the same.

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