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Martin County Farm Family

Peters Family

The Peters family farm was established in 1886 in southern Minnesota’s Martin County. The farm received its Century Farm recognition in 1986.

Prior to Tony and Dannielle moving to the farm, Tony’s grandparents, Willard and Jean, lived on the farm. Before that, Willard’s parents, Paul and Martha and grandparents, Carl and Lina lived there. Willard and Jean raised four kids while crop farming and raising laying hens. They did so for many years. Dannielle is from a farming family herself. Her grandparents, George and Mavis Coners, farmed near Mountain Lake before relocating to Hendricks. 

The Peterses operated the Sherburn Greenhouse which sold only evergreen trees. They housed trees on the farm in an underground storage building that resided in their grove. Cattle were a part of the operation on the farm in its earlier years. Willard had an ag business in Fairmont for years, sold seed, and graded township roads.

Doug has carried on farming, township road grading, and raising hogs. His son, Tony, took up crop farming, and township road grading and started up a custom hog manure application business when he saw the need for it over 15 years ago.

The family grows corn and soybeans and runs a custom hog manure operation. All family members are involved, each having their own ground and working as a team to accomplish planting and harvesting.

Tony and his wife, Dannielle, run the farm along with Tony’s parents, Doug and Donna. Tony and Dannielle’s four children are young but offer help where they can.

The Peters family is involved in 4-H and are members of the Sherburn Cemetery Board.

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