Green Festival Speakers
Organic Prairie Beef Farmer
Richland Center, WI
Mike and Pam Green own and operate Rebel Ridge Farm with help from their teenaged sons, Preston and Bennie. They have 300 beef cattle and graze them on 650 acres of lush, green rolling pasture.
Aside from helping on the farm, Preston studies and is double majoring in Agricultural Business and Marketing and Communications at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He is also an FFA Future Farmers of America State officer.
The Greens joined the coop in 1996 as dairy farmers for Organic Valley and switched over to beef only production in 2004 for Organic Prairie. Mikes oldest child, Jennifer, lives nearby on her Organic Valley dairy farm with her own family. Mike says, Perhaps the most rewarding source of pride that parents can experience is having their children follow in their footsteps in a career choice. This is particularly true in production agriculture because it is not only a career choice but a way of life choice. Thanks to my involvement with the coop, I can in good conscience, recommend to my children, that like me, they can also choose a life and career in organic production with the promise of not only fulfilling a dream but also of fulfilling reasonable economic goals.