The Dahl’s Beautiful Farm

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    Last spring we asked readers to submit photos of their beautiful farmsteads for a chance to win our Farm Beautiful contest and a new Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn riding mower. The photo on the left is Laura and Wayne Dahl, one of three winning families, with their brand new lawn mower. Click through the slideshow to see this award-winning farm. Photos taken by Cory Hall.

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    This sign welcome’s you to the Dahl’s farm in Dawson, Minnesota. Laura and Wayne, along with their youngest son, Jordan, operate a custom 4,400-head nursery barn and two double-long finishing barns that have a capacity of 4,400. The Dahls are also corn and soybean farmers.

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    The Dahls have five children, Tanya, Tera, Terese, Jarrett, and Jordan, and six grandchildren. Pictured from left to right is Terese and her husband Nathan Viessman with their four children, Tera, Wayne and Laura, Jordan and his wife Ashley with their two children. Not pictured are Tanya and Jarrett.

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    The Dahl’s two sons, Jarrett and Jordan, are professional chainsaw artists. They create wooden masterpieces like this one found on the Minnesota farm.

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    The expansive, decorated landscape is part of what made this farm a winner. “We really enjoy the view from our kitchen window,” says Wayne. “We can see Laura’s pet animals, her grandfather’s chicken coop, our old threshing barn with the heritage wall, our wooden swing set by the fire pit, and our small flower gardens with ponds, birdbaths, and feeders. We have always enjoyed nature, and as we get older, we have a greater appreciation for our history.”

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    Here’s another shot that shows off the beautifully well-done landscape.

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    When the Dahls bought their farm in 1977, they set out to mix features from the original farmstead with their own heritage. One of these distinctive historical combinations is the farm’s heritage wall. The wall is adorned with family keepsakes, such as Laura’s grandparents’ bedroom door and living room window, egg baskets and milk cans, and more mementos.

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    Laura inherited her grandmother’s love of chickens, so they converted the threshing barn into a chicken house and fly-way for birds. It started out with chickens and eventually grew to include ducks, geese, pheasants, and peacocks. The group has expanded to now include rabbits, alpacas, and Nigerian dwarf goats. “We have a variety of birds and animals, which makes a fun petting zoo for the grandkids and the neighbors,” says Laura.

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    The Dahls farm is a grandchild’s dream playground. In addition to the petting zoo, the farm has a swing set, ball field, and a campfire.

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    “We enjoy entertaining our grandchildren by giving them rides on the golf cart through the paths in the trees,” says Laura. “They love playing on the swings and in their playhouse, feeding the animals by hand, playing baseball on the ball field, and sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows.”

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    “The firepit was one of the first things we put in after we started clearing the park area,” says Laura. “And we just love it! For years it has been a gathering spot for friends and family bonfires.”

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    The Dahl farm displays a passion for nature, family, and farming. If you have a similar passion, enter the 2014 Farm Beautiful contest. Look for more details in upcoming issues of Successful Farming magazine.

The Minnesota winner of the Farm Beautiful contest.

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