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Sweet 16 Is Not Your Average Farm

Tri-County Record, August 4, 2017, Chad Smith, Photo by Chad Smith
At first glance, the Sweet 16 Farm looks like many area farms, with a tidy house at its center and outbuildings on all sides. On closer inspection, however, it’s clear this is no typical operation. There are no visible corn and soybean fields, there’s a noticeable lack of livestock, and just off the farmyard, strange-looking green vines snake their way up towering ropes and poles. …read more




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Sweet 16 Farm Focuses on Sustainability, Community

Caledonia Argus, April 14, 2017, Craig Moorhead, Photos by Sarah Wexler-Mann
Named for its location along a State Highway near Houston, Minnesota, Sweet 16 Farm is squarely aimed at connecting to the local community and agri-tourists from far and wide. It’s also about showcasing sustainable agricultural products. “Believe it or not, neither Daniel or I come from a farming background,” Sarah Wexler-Mann reported. In 2010, the couple bought a Houston County farm that had once housed a dairy operation, then set out to restore the land through organic farming, the elimination of invasive species, and plenty of hard work. …read more




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Enjoy, Connect with the Land: Houston County Farm Seeks to Build on Ag-Tourism Trend

Winona Daily News, September 19, 2016, Tesla Mitchell, Photos by Chuck Miller
HOUSTON, Minn. — Along Hwy. 16 between Rushford and Houston, is a small wooden produce stand along the road with a sign above it that reads “Sweet 16 Farm.” There’s a cute little checkout window and a kids’ slide near the 10 by 6 foot stand, and on Fridays and Saturdays the stand is filled with brightly colored freshly picked produce and beautifully designed bouquets of flowers …read more