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Lac qui Parle County Farm Family

Luke and Ali Peterson

Luke and Ali started farming in 2011 and have transitioned their western Minnesota farm to organic production. The Petersons use regenerative practices to grow healthy, nutrient-dense food.

Luke and Ali farm 700 acres using very diverse crop rotations while eliminating fall tillage. They maintain cover crops on their land and integrate grazing into the rotation. The Petersons sell their produce as locally as possible, including local restaurants, grocery stores, mills, bakeries and breweries.

Luke and Ali are parents to three children: Esther, Orville and Oaker. Ali takes her cooking very seriously and sources only the best ingredients to feed her family. Esther enjoys riding along with her dad as he cultivates the crop. Orville and Oaker take farming quite seriously and are always willing to join in the effort.

Luke serves on the steering committee of Perennial Promise Cooperative and is active in the Land Stewardship Project.

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