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Jackson County Farm Family

Bill and Rhonda Brandt Farms

The Brandt family farm started in 1979 when Bill purchased 80 acres with a building site from a neighbor. Bill and Rhonda were married in 1987; their farm at the time consisted of a farrow-to-finish hog operation, a beef feeder/finisher business, along with growing corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and alfalfa.

Currently, the family’s farm consists of caring for 1,200 finishing hogs and 314 acres split between corn, soybeans, oats and alfalfa. In 2000, the Brandts started Brandt Gardens and Greenhouse as a way for their boys to gain various skills. 13 years later the business became Brandt Garden and Greenhouse LLC. The family grows a large selection of produce on six acres they sell at local farmers markets and through a CSA.

Bill and Rhonda, along with several local part-time employees, provide most of the labor involved with the business. Their son Matthew and his wife, Kelly, live in Illinois; son Nathan and his wife, Beth, and their daughter live in Wisconsin; and Aaron and his wife, Adrianna, live in Maple Grove. They often come home to help when needed. All the Brandt children were involved in 4-H and FFA growing up. Nathan ran a sheep operation on the farm until 2020.

Bill and Rhonda have been very involved in their community over the years. Bill was a member of the Jackson County Pork Producers, Cottonwood/Jackson Cattlemen, Jackson County Farm Bureau, Lakefield Jaycees and was involved with the Jackson County Arts Guild. Bill was very active in music in the community including having served as a choir director at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and a vocal music teacher at West Elementary in Worthington and Butterfield-Odin Public Schools. 

Rhonda worked as Jackson County Extension 4-H and Youth Development Agent from 1981 to 1991, served as a judge at many local and state 4-H events and was a past member of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation board. She served as Worthington Area Learning Center principal for two years and is currently serving as principal at the MN Valley Learning Center.

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