William Gerth was the first generation to purchase the farm in 1924. The farm ownership was passed down through the family until 1965 when Gene and Judy Gerth moved to the homestead to start their family. Gene and Judy raised purebred Angus cattle and later hogs. In addition to livestock, they grew corn, soybeans, and hay. As their family grew, sons Ross and Ryan became fully involved in day-to-day operations alongside their parents.
Upon Gene’s passing in 2009, Ross and Ryan took over the operations of the Gerth family farm. They are the 4th generation to farm the land. Today, the farm is operated by Ross, Ryan, and their mother, Judy. Currently, they grow corn and soybeans on owned and rented land. In addition to their own farm the Gerths also do custom work for a few local farms. The combination of their own farm and custom work finds the Gerths covering just under a couple thousand acres per year.
Judy is a past secretary/manager of the Mille Lacs County Fair. Gene served on the Mille Lacs County Fair board for 25 years, the Minnesota State Fair board, and the Mille Lacs County SWCD board. Ryan and Ross are also active members of the community. Ryan is a current board member of the East Central Corn Growers Association. Ross is a current board member of Federated Co-ops.
Both Ryan and Ross have full-time careers outside of farming with families of their own. Ryan and his wife, Annie, have a daughter, Aurora. Ross and his wife, Michelle, have a son, Grayson. Judy worked for Princeton State Bank prior to staying home to raise her sons. Today Judy remains busy continuing to help where she is needed in farming operations and enjoying being a grandma.