We have had a long journey leading to a desire to farm. We got really serious in 2008 when we decided to take a class for beginning farmers offered jointly by the University of Illinois Extension and The Land Connection. This program involved writing a business plan and ended with full time farm internships during the summer of 2009. Greg interned with Stan Schutte at Triple S Farms in order to learn about animal husbandry. Katie interned with Lisa Haynes at Tomahnous Farm in order to learn about organic vegetable and fruit production.
After our internships we moved to Brooklyn, Wisconsin and started Lipes Family Farm in 2010. Greg was working full time to support the farm while Katie stayed home to care for the plants, animals and our new baby. Then in 2013, we decided that we were ready to have Greg start farming full time and with our two daughters in tow, we headed to West Branch, Iowa in order to be closer to family. We feel so blessed to be living our dream!