Taking an organic approach
MALTA – When Randy Willrett decided to make the transition to organic farming in 1997, he faced a number of obstacles, including a dearth of information on large-scale organic farming and a lack of support from his neighbors.
“They all thought I was nuts,” Willrett said. “The story on the street was that I was going to go broke. You have to have pretty broad shoulders to do this.”
Willrett’s farm, which grows organic corn, soybeans, oats and wheat, is one of about seven organic farms in DeKalb County, according to Mariam Wassmann, director of information for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. Willrett also raises grass-fed beef cattle and Guernsey milk cows with two partners.
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