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.
Taylor Christiansen, Farmer
This is Taylor's first official year being a farmer, and she is oh so excited! She got her experience by frequenting many local farms, obtaining her Permaculture Design Certificate, and growing greens for a non-profit organization. In addition to farming, she works at Family Natural Foods in Wisconsin Rapids and is an AmeriCorps Member serving at Central Rivers Farmshed.
Karen Kuehnhold, Bookkeeper and Master Canner
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! Working on the farm is Karen's retirement job, and after years of working as a legal secretary, she is happy to get back to her roots, helping out wherever she is needed on the farm.
Justin Reinke- Farmhand
Justin Reinke was Joel's student, and started working at Lonely Oak Farm in 2012. He says he enjoys working with the sheep, cattle, and hogs, but he especially enjoys cutting wood and doing field work. In between playing rugby and going to school for industrial mechanics, Justin finds time to fix all the broken machinery on the farm and keep the pigeon population under control.