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Lubbers Farm: Storytelling through Farming

Aug 1, 2016 4:00:00 PM / by Local First

When you step onto Lubbers Family Farm, you immediately gain a unique sense of place. Karen and Jeff Lubbers, owners of the farm, have been farming in accordance with the natural world since 1993, and in that time they have gained an intimate understanding of their land that has helped them to build a truly sustainable farm. Their reliance on the natural cycles of the seasons brings order and intentionality to all they do.

The farm began as a homage to restoring the health of Karen and Jeff Lubbers' daughter who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 6. When they first got the diagnosis for their daughter, the couple immediately began researching the origin of cancer. Quickly recognizing that the way our food is being produced has largely contributed to increased health risks, they decided that in order to take control of their families health, they needed to first take control of their food supply. Further research showed them that this was no small feat in a food system ridden with pesticides, herbicides, and a severe lack of transparency. Desperate to reinstate the health of their child, they did the only thing they could think to do, they started their own farm. Over the past twenty three years the farm has grown tremendously, and to this day it continues to embody the principles that it was founded on: hard work, health, family, and a deep respect for the natural world.

I recently toured the farm and while showing us the vegetable garden, Karen shared, “If you make a story out of something, you can stand anything. We all have our own food story and we hope that our story is in line with yours.” Lubbers Family Farm serves as a prime example of how a family took their experience of hardship and opted to turn it into a story of health and empowerment. Karen now talks about her family's story with an ease and acceptance that came from years of acknowledging how her story has been able to transform the story of her community in a positive way.

The Lubbers’ are dedicated to providing consumers with real food; food that heals the body by providing nutrients just as nature intended. Not only do does the farm produce an array of grass-fed meats, but it is also home to some of the best artisan crafted cheese and bread in town. Dancing Goat Creamery and Little Rooster Bread Company are both housed on the farm, and together they have been able to provide the community with an array of wholesome foods. The success of these businesses is a testament to the strength that comes from a stacked enterprise business model. It is a model that allows the Lubbers’ family to utilize their talents and passions in order to add value to what is already occurring on the farm.

The Lubbers’ story is important. It begs the question, what kind of food system we are participating in? Are we nourishing our bodies with the foods we are consuming? Why is it so difficult to find out where our food comes from? How can we as consumers promote our health, the environment, and a strong local economy through our food purchases? Though the answers to these questions are inherently complicated, if we desire to have a voice in our food system, the simplest place to start is by supporting our local farms.

You can purchase food at the Lubbers Farm every Saturday during the growing season from 10:00am-2:00pm and you can support Dancing Goat Creamery and Little Rooster at Fulton Street Farmers Market and at various stores throughout town. Learn more

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