Matt and Kristen Schafer and their son, Lucas, operate Schafer Farms near LaCrosse along with Matt’s father, uncle and brother-in-law. While Matt went to college to keep his options open, his plan to come back to the family farm never wavered. He makes most of the crop planning and day-to-day management decisions on the farm. The Schafer family raises corn, soybeans, seed corn, cucumbers, green beans and some wheat. Their farm also includes a beef cattle feedlot.
Kristen is a teacher who now stays home to care for Lucas and is also involved on the farm. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and now manages the farm’s website and social media. Her upbringing and background allow her to provide a unique perspective of life on the farm.
There is always room for growth on Schafer Farms. “We want to continue to grow,” says Matt. “But it has to be done the right way and for the right reasons.”