Todd County Farm Family of the Year: Buntjers exemplify family farm life

The Buntjer family. Back: Jadon (22), Kim and Mark. Middle: Maria (14), JohnPaul (11) and Katrina (16). Luke (6), is in front.

by Karin L. Nauber

“It was important to us to raise our family on the farm,” said Kim Buntjer of her and her husband Mark’s decision to move to the country in rural Long Prairie in 2007.

Now, 13 years later, the family has been awarded the honor of being named The 2020 Todd County Farm Family of the Year.

The University of Minnesota Farm Family Recognition Program has existed for over 30 years and honors farm families from throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. All of the honored farm families have made significant contributions to Minnesota agriculture and their communities.

The Buntjer family is no different.

When they first bought the farm they started out with chickens and a few calves for the children to take to the fair.

“We eventually expanded to include registered Red Angus cattle and Boer goats,” said Mark.

According to Kim, “We currently raise around 50 registered and commercial (meat and show) Boer goats and around 30 cow/calf pairs of registered Red Angus and commercial beef.” . . .

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