Lois and Sandi Schwert are the mother-daughter duo behind The Sand Farm—a new mixed vegetable and grassfed beef farm in the Driftless region of Wisconsin. They come from a long line of dairy farmers and have spent decades involved in their family's conventional dairy operation, Schwert Farms. They are also the innovators transitioning some family land away from dairy and into new enterprises. We spoke at length about the sometimes subversive way they've gone about making changes to Schwert Farms, as well as the excitement and frustration that comes with new beginnings.
If you're interested in supporting Lois and Sandi, you can find them at the Farmers' Markets in Gays Mills and Soldiers Grove.
Stories on Pasture is based on oral history interviews conducted as a part of the Grassland 2.0 project. Lois & Sandi were interviewed at the Grassworks Conference in January 2020.
This podcast is made possible thanks to a Sustainable Agricultural Systems Coordinated Agriculture grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.