The perfect team — working with the land to produce quality produce, meats and eggs.
Joel Kuehnhold, Farmer
Joel grew up working on his grandparents and uncle's farms-milking cows, baling hay, making maple syrup, and sorting cranberries. His own farming enterprise started when he was 12 and started raising chickens and showing cattle at the county fair. He recently left a 13 year career as an agricultural education teacher to focus on the farm, and freelances as a grazing specialist and forester for an environmental non-profit organization.
Joel Gebhard, Farmer
Joel grew up in Milwaukee, far removed from any type of farm or local food community. That quickly changed when he got involved in Students for Sustainable Communities while he attended UWSP. He began to visit and volunteer on local farms, and it quickly became an important aspect of his life. He graduated from UWSP in December 2017 with a strong interest in soils, ecosystems, and agriculture. He now applies those interests to the farm. Even after long, draining, summer work days, Joel still feels good about growing great food for a great community.
Karen Kuehnhold, Farm Cook, Egg Washer & Mom to everyone
Karen is Joel's mom. She grew up just down the road from Lonely Oak on her parents dairy--Hawthorn Hill Farm, which is now run by her brother. From the hill on Lonely Oak Farm, you can see the farms where both of Joel's parents grew up, and each one has been family operated for over a century! Karen lives on the other farm, where she starts chicks, watches over the beef cattle and hogs, and weaves. Contact her for custom rug weaving through our website!
Cole Madden, Baker & Farmer
Cole spent two seasons at Lonely Oak as a worker-share before joining on full time. His passion for food was ignited that first summer and quickly led to an all-out immersion into food preservation, cooking, and baking. Cole also writes music chronicling the people, places, and aspirations that intersect in our local food community.