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In 1992, Successful Farming magazine ran the first Farm Beautiful contest to discover the most picturesque farms in the nation. Last year, we brought back the contest with a prize that is anything but a throwback. Our three winners received a new Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn riding mower. On the left, are the proud Wisconsin winners, Marian and Dennis Lichtenberg.
One of the Lichtenbergs' favorite activities on the farm is taking their miniature horses, Foxy and Little Star, for a walk.
“There have been many happy occasions at the farm,” says Dennis. Dennis and his wife, Marian, live on the same dairy farm in Clintonville, Wisconsin, where Dennis’s father grew up. After purchasing the farm from Dennis’s grandfather, Dennis’s father continued to farm until 1974, when he retired and sold the farm to Dennis. His parents remained on the farm until they passed away.
Dennis’s mother, Valerie, started many of the beautiful gardens that remain on the farm today.
Here is another shot of the landscape that incorporates seasonal decorations with antique farming items.
The Lichtenbergs have cash-cropped different crops over the years, most recently field corn and soybeans. The original buildings have been converted to everything from a chicken coop and garden shed to storage areas for antiques and farm equipment. Antique machinery, buggies, and heritage items are spread around the farm.
The inside of this shed has been transformed into a museum of historical artifacts collected over the years.
“The farm is a unique place to live,” says Dennis. “We are proud to show everyone who visits the charm of living here.” If you also enjoy sharing your beautiful farm, enter the 2014 Farm Beautiful contest. Look for more details in an upcoming issue of Successful Farming magazine.
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One of three Farm Beautiful winners. Photos taken by Cory Hall.