Glenn has been farming his entire life, since the age of seven to be precise, when he began helping his father on what remains today a successful turkey and cattle farm.
“It’s not heaven, but you can see it from here. It’s a wonderful place to live and raise your family.” – Glenn
After his father passed away in 2007, Glenn’s son became his partner. Together with his wife, Kathy, the rest of his children, and all 14 grandkids, he’s proud to continue the family business.
When Glenn speaks, it’s easy to see that his family means the world to him. That’s the thing he loves most about farming; it gives him the opportunity to work with, and spend time with, his family.
Even though his farm has a rich history, at the age of 65 Glenn’s much more focused on the future. He enjoys passing his knowledge on to his children and grandchildren, the next generation of farmers. He loves how farming allows him to teach his grandchildren valuable life lessons. “Hard work, how to respect the animals, how to respect each other, be honest ... you know we’ve got a job to do, and we’re gonna have to do it. I have parents who ask me to let their kids work ‘cause they saw how the other kids turned out. It makes you proud.”
But that doesn’t mean it’s all work and no play. Glenn is known for creating custom toys for his grandchildren out of things he finds on the farm, as well as a playhouse and a zip line over the farm’s pond.
“It’s very important, there’s only one way to raise them and that is the right way, with no hormones, treating them humanely.”
Walking around Glenn and Kathy’s farm, it becomes immediately clear that it would be an amazing place to grow up. With Glenn busy innovating new ways to incorporate technology and modern farming practices, it’s also a great place to raise turkeys.
Advancements in farming technology allow Glenn to spend more time with the birds: observing them, caring for them, and making sure their needs are met. He works hard to raise the turkeys on his farm with love, and without growth-promoting antibiotics.
Because for Glenn, it’s about much more than a healthy food product, it’s about genuinely taking care of the animals. You can hear the passion in his voice when he talks about caring for the birds. “It’s not only good food, but it’s also just being a good steward to the animals.”
Whether or not you’ve ever wondered where your turkey comes from, you’re certainly at the top of Glenn’s mind.
“At Thanksgiving, when we’re sitting around the table with the family, and we have our heads bowed, I wonder how many families are doing the same thing we’re doing today and eating one of the turkeys we’ve produced. Are they enjoying the turkey? Are they thinking about us, who raised it? It’s a time when you wish you could meet everybody that you’ve fed.”
“We are helping to feed people with four generations and 42 years.”
It’s Glenn’s deep empathy for people and animals, as well as his lifelong commitment to farming, that inspired us to send two famous mural artists to Glenn’s farm to give him the gift of “A More Beautiful Barn.”
The custom barn mural represents the family’s rich past, loving present and bright future. Glenn says it best when he talks with us about explaining its significance to his grandchildren when they’re older. “I’m going to explain it to them that we’re trying to promote that we are a family farm, and to always be proud to be a farmer, but also remember that it takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication.”