Louis and Megan Schlegel
The Schlegel family farm was originally built by Megan’s great-grandparents, Phillip and Annie Fleischhacker, with the first building, a granary, going up in 1908.
Phillip and Annie passed the farm to their son, Leo, who ran a dairy with his wife, Donna, and their seven children. Their oldest son, Jeff, took over the farm from his parents and milked cows for the next decade. Jeff sold the cows and continued farming, raising crops, cattle and hogs. Jeff and his wife, Cindy, instilled in their children, Matt and Megan, a deep love of agriculture.
About five years ago, Megan, along with her husband, Louie, and their children, moved back to the farm to live her dream and fix up the home originally built by her great-grandparents. Megan and Louie have six children, Brandon, Stephanie, Benjamin, Louis, Waylon and Arthur. The family is in the process of buying the farm from Megan’s parents.
The Schlegels currently operate a hatchery that is National Poultry Improvement Plan certified and annually inspected by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Megan is the primary operator; she hatches and sells the chicks locally and across the country. The hatchery operates eight months of the year.
Stephanie, Louis, Ben and Waylon raise bottle calves to feeder size and market them to local finishers. Louie and Megan, along with Megan’s brother, Matt, care for the family’s herd of Hereford cattle.
Megan is an authorized poultry testing agent for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. She was an avid member of FFA. Megan also organizes a local farmers market each fall and serves as an election judge. She works part-time as an office administrator at Barrett Ag Service.