Model for Organic Farm Ownership Transition Highlighted
A feature in Civil Eats explains how Wisconsin farmer Paul Bickford is transitioning his operation to unrelated successors John and Halee Wepking. Bickford advertised to find young farmers who share his land stewardship ethics. The Wepkings, in turn, found a way to enter farming without the initial investment they would have incurred starting from scratch. They also gained the benefit of Bickford’s 40 years of farming experience. The Wepkings are transitioning the farm’s name, diversifying its crops and rotations, and delving into value-added products. “It’s nice to see what I envisioned, what I built, continue,” noted Bickford.