Mahtowa farm gets county, state kudos


July 7, 2023

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Joe and Amanda Lambert, with children Jack (8), Ben (5) and Dot (3), have been honored locally and statewide as a farm family of note as they operate Happy Critters Farm.

Joe and Amanda Lambert grew up on farms less than a mile apart in rural Mahtowa. In 2010, the couple bought part of Amanda's family farm as a place to live. In 2015, they bought Joe's grandparents' farmstead near Barnum and started their own chapter in a long farming history: Happy Critters Farm, focussed on producing sustainable food for the local economy.

This year, the farm and family has been honored by the University of Minnesota and Carlton County Extension office in the "Farm Family Recognition" program to represent Carlton County.

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