Haven Valley Farm LLC
Pine Island, MN
Inaugural Year 2020
about the farm
owner and farmer
Dianne enrolled in the Beginning Farmer program in the fall of 2019 and will complete it this year. After an 18 month search for land Dianne is a co-owner with Frances of Haven Valley Farm LLC in NW Olmsted County. Dianne began gardening in her Mom’s backyard after watching The Victory Garden on PBS.
Dianne’s previous career includes business systems selection and implementation; Finance, Insurance, Pensions and for 25 years was the Director of Corporate Real Estate Strategy, Design and Construction.
Dianne was ready for a change and found her new passion in the Farm to Table food movement. Dianne loves spending time with her family and friends, visiting museums, camping and as a licensed pilot participating in aviation.
Frances and Dianne have a daughter, Danielle, who is busy with her career as a nanny.
Frances is the co-owner of Haven Valley Farm LLC. She is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner in Florida but visits the farm regularly and helps out from time to time.
Frances grew up working on melon and tobacco farms. Frances will tell you she bought her first store bought dress with her farmhand earnings. Frances and her siblings jumped from the car as soon as it was stopped to see who could find the first chicken egg.
Frances enjoys being with her family, reading, all things water sports including scuba diving and traveling.