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University honors Farm Families of the Year

Cree and Jason Bradley at Chelsea Morning Farm. File photo.

From the University of Minnesota Extension

Representing agricultural achievement in diverse farming operations, 74 families from throughout Minnesota are being honored as a 2014 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

The farm families were recognized Aug. 7.

The farm families represent each county participating in the program. They were chosen by local University of Minnesota Extension committees based on their demonstrated commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture.

“The farm families receiving this year’s honors exemplify what makes Minnesota agriculture strong. They bring innovation, science and hard work to farming. They care greatly about the land and animals and delivering quality products to consumers worldwide,” said Bev Durgan, dean of extension. “The University of Minnesota takes great pride in honoring these families.”

Cree and Jason Bradley started Chelsea Morning Farm in 2006. Prior to beginning their farm, Cree and Jason fell in love with farming by Cree working professionally with farmers in a non-profit setting and Jason working with local fishermen, sourcing Lake Superior fish for a local smokehouse. In 2005, Cree and Jason bought their land north of Two Harbors. They started Chelsea Morning Farm a year later. When they started the farm, Joe Holtz, Cree’s father, joined the operation. Today Chelsea Morning Farm is a 25-acre farm located north of Two Harbors in Silver Creek Township. Cree, Jason and Joe operate a diversified, small-scale, family farm growing vegetables, raising chickens and harvesting fish and forest products in a healthy, organic and sustainable way. 

In the community, Cree has been involved with the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association, Institute for a Sustainable Future, and Silver Creek Institute. She currently organizes and facilitates Land Stewardship Project’s Lake Superior Farm Beginnings. After the flood of 2012, Cree was very involved with the Lutheran Social Services and Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Farm Core program as a support to affected farmers. Additionally, she works with Superior Grown as well as the Northeastern Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership Food Working Group.