Nick and Joan Olson of rural Litchfield have been chosen Meeker County’s Outstanding Conservationists for 2017 by the Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). The Olsons own and operate a 33-acre diverse, organic vegetable farm south of Litchfield. Using EQIP funding, they have implemented cover crops, filter strips, field boarders and pollinator enhancements of forb and shrub plantings. They worked with Xerces Society on their pest management and pollinator plans. One component of their practice involves using pigs to eradicate Reed Canary Grass.
Neither Nick nor Joan grew up on a farm, but they both had farming grandparents. The Olsons worked for various vegetable farmers before establishing Prairie Drifter Farm in 2010 on rented land near Montevideo. Later that year they moved their operation to Litchfield.
Over 200 families now receive produce from their farm through Community Supported Agriculture shares. They also sell their vegetables to local food co-ops and restaurants and provide produce to the Harvest for the Hungry program and Catholic Charities.
Nick and Joan Olson were honored at a luncheon sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts with support from The Farmer magazine at the MASWCD Convention held in Bloomington, Minnesota, on December 5.
Nick and Joan Olson with their children,
Abe (6) and Freya (3)
Click here to read a full article about the Olsons, published in the December 13 issue of the Litchfield Independent Review.