Larry was raised on a family-owned dairy farm in Wisconsin — so you’d think farming would have been a natural career choice for Larry. In fact, it wasn’t. After completing college he set off on his own and became a CPA.
Enter a series of life-changing events — events that brought Larry back to agriculture and a partnership in a small produce business that repackaged potatoes and onions. By 1989 he was joint-owner of a farm. By 1992 he had started the 750-acre Alsum Farms.
Now, responsible for 1,300 acres, Larry is a devotee of sustainable farming. “As I became more involved in farming, I realized that the decisions we made as farmers were intricately linked to the environment beyond our farms,” he notes.
Being a sustainable farmer isn’t easy, but Larry wouldn’t have it any other way. “You know, it’s a great learning opportunity. Being part of Healthy Grown® has really helped me understand what I’m doing as a farmer, why I’m doing what I’m doing, and the impact my decisions have on the environment and people who work with me.”