Meg and Mike Kelly bought High Meadow Farm in Johnson Creek when they married in 1980. At that time, the farmhouse windows were missing, birds flew through, and snakes coiled on the floors in the sunbeams. In the early years, they focused on resurrecting their farm. They raised draft horses (and farmed with them!), and sold produce at farmers’ markets.
When their children, Matt and Ryan, started school, both Meg and Mike re-entered the formal workforce (Meg as a landscape designer and Mike as a wastewater treatment operator). Their land lay fallow, and they didn’t start farming again until 2008, when they invited Matt to come home from California and join them as a full partner in a formal farming venture.
The three started a Community Supported Agriculture program in 2009, and today raise certified organic veggies and chickens on their gorgeous, well-maintained property. They have over 200 CSA members, wholesale accounts, and workplace CSA relationships with local businesses. Meg left her job to work full-time on the farm in 2011, and Mike retired in 2013.
Their son Matt handles the farm’s day-to-day field operations, supervising crews, packing boxes, and crop planning. Mike takes care of the equipment and buildings, and does most of the tractor work. (“I’m like the janitor,” he jokes.) Meg handles communications for their CSA, the high tunnel, and their egg operation, and sells their produce at the Fort Atkinson Farmers’ Market.