Jerry and Linda Jennissen, along with daughter Alise and her husband Lucas Sjostrom, operate Jer-Lindy Farms north of Brooten and became certified in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) in 2015. Their dairy farm consists of 200 cows, 125 heifers and calves, along with several Lowline Angus beef cows and calves. They grow corn for silage and alfalfa on 258 acres of owned and rented land, and they operate an on-farm cheese plant called Redhead Creamery.

All crops grown on the farm are fed to the dairy cattle, whose manure is spread back on the cropland to supply all the nutrients without additional commercial fertilizer. This system is the perfect example of nutrient cycling and sustainability. To protect water quality and reduce the potential of sediments and nutrients impacting water quality, all surface water has buffer strips.

To say the family cares about conservation is underplaying their dedication. They participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Conservation Reserve Program and have implemented a variety of conservation practices over the years, including replacing open tile inlets with rock inlets, farmstead shelterbelts, nutrient management, integrated pest management, reduced tillage, energy audit and energy improvements.     

Third Street Brewhouse is proud to partner with the MAWQCP to recognize local farmers for the great work they are doing to protect our local water resources. As a sign of our support and appreciation, we’re happy to provide each certified farmer with a Minnesota Gold sign and case of beer.

Learn more about MAWQCP by visiting http://www.mda.state.mn.us/awqcp