We talk about our Keep It Growing farmland giving program being a true winning combination–for landowners, the county, Southwest Initiative Foundation, and tenants.
Many farmers in our region rent land–in addition to what they own themselves–as part of their farming operations.
“All of our landowners are so important to us,” said Geof Johnson, a farmer from Windom. He and his wife Leann rent land from Southwest Initiative Foundation.
Geof and Leann have a special operation. Through our program, they’re keeping land owned by a previous generation in production. And, on their own, they’re mentoring a young farmer to prepare the next generation.
Read their story to learn how it all comes together.