Justin Dagen of Karlstad, Minnesota, is a 5th generation farmer. For 129 years, his family has farmed in the Springbrook Township, which is just 55 miles south of the Canadian border. He has been on this “character building journey” for 35 years, but with the assistance and support of his wife, Donna, and their four children, he still loves it.
Growing certified seed potatoes has been the mainstay of his farm for more than 75 years. His father passed away when he was just 17, so Justin chose to follow in his footsteps and assumed management of the operation in 1977, “albeit with some apprehension,” he says.
Justin is glad to be a potato producer, providing nutrition for people far and near. He thinks that most people would be surprised to learn how committed farmers are to the pursuit of growing quality potatoes and to environmental stewardship. “We’re glad to be feeding the nation, one delicious potato at a time.”