MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The University of Minnesota honors farm families in different counties throughout the state every year for their work in the industry and with local communities.
The 2019 Farm Family of the Year from Blue Earth County said the passion for their work started at the roots of their family tree.
Beginning in 1865 and rooted in tradition, May farms is truly a family affair.
“That was the original house in that picture that was built by the federal government for the Winnebago Indian Reservation that was here from 1856 to 1863, so the house was already here when Joseph May came in 1865, so I’m the fifth generation and Michelle is the sixth,” said Jack May standing next to his wife, Lisa May, and daughter, Michelle May, the 2019 Blue Earth County Farm Family of the Year.
May Farms is a hog and corn and soybean operation that keeps the whole family busy, with some family remembers returning, maintaining the family farm status.
“I got an English degree and I decided I wanted to come back to the farm, I thought that was better,” said Michelle May.
All family members appreciate different parts of their time in the field.
“I like harvest because everybody is working really hard toward the same goal and some good memories of harvest include any time you got a warm meal brought out by mom, it’s the best food you’ve had,” said Michelle May.
“I think spring is amazing, because I think it’s amazing to go out there with that tractor and put that seed in the ground and then all of a sudden it’s coming up and it’s all in rows and it’s amazing that it works every year,” said Lisa May.
The May family will be included in the Farm Family Recognition program at Farm Fest, held August 6 through the 8 in Morgan, MN.