Farmers share their lives on working farms

Monday, July 16, 2018

VOLGA, S.D. — Spring and summer on a working farm. Who can beat it?

For many people in the rural states of South Dakota, North Dakota and even outstate Minnesota, genuine agri-opportunities on real, working farms are limited.

Happily, that's changing. I happened to be at Stoney Hill Farms near Volga, S.D., in mid-May when my brother, Mark, his wife, Phyllis, and their son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Courtney, hosted a "pet-a-lamb" opportunity.

The family works in town but also farms "on the side" with a ewe flock, a few head of cattle and some corn, alfalfa and soybeans. They welcome visitors most anytime, but in the past three years they have been more deliberate about making an event for it, sending young visitors away with small stuffed toy lambs or snippets of wool. They've had groups of up to 10 kids with parents.

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