High Meadow Farm in Johnson Creek has been the Kelly family farm since 1980, when Mike and Meg married . The farm was abandoned and neglected, and they focused on resurrecting the house, buildings, and the land. They raised draft horses (and farmed with them!), and Mike worked full time while Meg tended the kids, animals and garden and sold produce at farmers’ markets.
When their children, Matt and Ryan, started school, Meg re-entered the formal workforce as a landscape designer. Their land lay fallow during these years 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 new venture as a CSA farm.
The three started a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in 2009, and today raise certified organic veggies and chickens on their gorgeous, well-maintained property with the help of farm friends, volunteers and workers. 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 to go back to full-time farming.
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. Meg handles communications for their CSA, manages the high tunnels, and their egg operation, and sells their produce at the Fort Atkinson Farmers’ Market. Full-time employee, Joy, in her second year with the farm, manages the packing line and assists with the seeding, field-work, harvesting, and field crews.
In the fall of 2017, son Ryan and his fiance, Amy, moved back to Wisconsin from California. Ryan and Amy were married at the farm on December 31, 201; New Year's Eve! With temperatures well below zero, and surrounded by close friends and family, the farm's potting shed and greenhouse were transformed into a perfect setting to begin their futures together. Though both Ryan and Amy both maintain their professional work , they are looking forward to re-connecting with the farm and having their hands in the earth with family this season.