Schweigert Family Farm
The Schweigert family has been farming since the family immigrated to Minnesota from Germany in the 1800s. The first generation of Schweigerts in the United States didn’t end up on the best plot of land and poor soils and the short growing season sent the Schweigert family west to Alpha, North Dakota on the Western edge of the Missouri National Grassland and just miles from the Montana border. Here the family engaged in ranching activities until they relocated to Bruce, Wisconsin in the early 1900s. After several decades of steady success the family again relocated to Cuba City, WI in 1994.The Homestead
The Schweigert Family Farm homestead is nestled next to an unnamed creek and between two rolling hills just two miles from Cuba City. The original farm house, built by the Cutiss family in the late 1800s lies more than a quarter mile off St Rose road down Schweigert Lane.
Bordering the lane on the East is a former pasture that Lou converted to woodland to better preserve the creek that runs through it. Several times a year, a local pheasant repopulation group releases dozens of young pheasants into this 45 acre woodland, which makes for a well stocked pheasant sanctuary as no hunting is allowed.
On the West and North sides of the farmhouse is gently rolling crop ground. Since soil management is a major factor in maximizing yields, a low impact, no-till strategy is used on much of this field as well as a system of permanent water ways to eliminate soil erosion.Family Farms United
The Schweigert family didn’t have the family farm market cornered when they relocated to the current homestead farm in 1994. But as farmers retired, the Schweigert family offered those family farms the opportunity to live on. As a result, several small family farms make up the Schweigert Family Farm acre base with each one having its own unique characteristics and benefits for a diverse cropping strategy. To the immediate East of the homestead farm is the Morgan family farm. This farm features gently rolling hills of uninterrupted farm ground. South of Cuba City is the Runde family farm which features long rows and a creek on the Eastern boarder along with a planned site for an expansion of bulk grain storage. The Schweigert Family also rents and contracts with several family farming operations for additional land access.Providing a Quality of Life
Life on a diversified farm requires hard work, but we see it as more of a labor of love than of a daily grind. Each year brings new and exciting crop production opportunities and the ability to manage an ever-changing crop plan requires a high level of management and planning. Some farmers say they are growing corn or soybeans, but we say we are growing ideas, hopes and the potential for a better future. Whether it is food grade soybeans, corn, (blue, red, white, yellow or seed corn!), or anything else that is required, the Schweigert Family Farm is ready for the challenge!