LINO LAKES — Waldoch Farm was recently selected as one of Minnesota’s recognized Century Farms.
Andrew Waldoch — son of owner Mary Joyer — applied for the recognition. He said that it’s a way to obtain a level of notoriety. “It’s a way to say that we did it, we made it,” he noted.
According to the Minnesota State Fair website, the Century Farms recognition program, sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau, recognizes farms that have been in continuous ownership by a family for 100 years or more.
Since the program began in 1976, more than 10,000 Minnesota farms have been recognized. Each year, Century Farms recipients receive an outdoor sign designating the farm as a "Century Farm" and a certificate signed by the governor of Minnesota and presidents of the Farm Bureau and Minnesota State Fair.
Joyer’s grandparents, Bill and Lucille Waldoch, bought the farm in 1916. Through the years, it has seen a variety of changes. The farm originally sold processed chickens door to door before moving into raising dairy cattle. It wasn’t until Joyer’s father Daniel Waldoch began erecting additional greenhouses for plants that the farm began to specialize in produce and flowers.
Joyer and her sister, Kathy Rivard, sold produce and flowers at the St. Paul Farmers Market to pay their way through college.
The farm still uses some of the original machinery, such as a potato planter and picker.
Waldoch Farm now boasts an educational farmyard of horses, donkeys, pygmy goats, various produce crops and several greenhouses in addition to the corn maze and other attractions each year. Bees are also kept at the farm; 35 beehives are managed by another of Joyer’s sons, Doug.
The farm will host its annual garden tour on Aug. 21 in addition to an all-day “past-employee day” event at the corn maze on Sept. 18. RSVP is required by all past employees for this event and admission is free.