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Pine County Farm Family

Barr Family

Joel and Megan Barr began farming over a decade ago as interns on an organic farm. After moving up to management, they set out on their own and launched Abraham’s Table Farm in 2015. The farm was started on a friend’s land where it gained some stability before Joel and Megan transitioned to their own land. The Barrs have slowly grown Abraham’s Table Farm, always focusing on direct-to-consumer sales through a CSA.

Abraham’s Table Farm has committed to building and maintaining personal relationships with its customers. The farm is a small family farm because the Barrs believe that small, human-scaled agriculture that connects people back to the land is the key to ecological and human health.

The Barrs’ farm operates on about 20 acres. The family grows organic produce, pasture-raised, soy-free chickens and eggs, and grass-fed beef. The Barrs deliver products through their CSA to customers’ homes and drop sites. They also host members-only events on the farm.

Joel and Megan co-own Abraham’s Table Farm; Joel is the head farmer and manager; Megan manages the home half of the farm. They have four daughters: Una, Rosemary, Frances and Beatrice. Joel’s brother, Daniel, is the garden manager.

Joel is a consultant and is currently establishing a second sustainable farm at a local environmental education non-profit. Joel is a trustee at the family’s church. Megan is board chair at a local non-profit that provides regular free meals for the community. She is also one of the frontwomen in the band “The Minorbirds,” and teaches dance and ballet locally.


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