The Nybloom family of Braham was presented with the Isanti County Farm Family of the Year award presented by Gary Skarsten and Ron Schleif from the Isanti County 4-H Extension at the Isanti County Board meeting June 21.
Members of the family are Jeff and Taryn, along with their sons Nicholas and Ryan. The farm was established in 2000 with a flock of chickens. Throughout the years, the farm has grown to include grass-fed naturally raised beef cattle, a variety of poultry and goats. The farm raises its own hay for livestock feed and sells beef, eggs and goats.
“The goats are also used for goat cheese and goat soaps,” Schleif said.
Taryn is the manager of the farm and the sale of livestock. Also, she manages the hay crops. Jeff does homestead care as well as helping with hay hauling and various other farm operations. Nicholas and Ryan take care of the poultry, ducks, turkeys and help with goat care.
The family is very active in 4-H.
“They say that they love working and volunteering with 4-H,” Schleif said. “They attended local meetings, county meetings, and have been share the fun leaders for six years.”
Nicholas and Ryan are ambassadors for 4-H and they both attend the PICK 4-H camp where Nicholas is a counselor. Both Jeff and Taryn are chiropractors and have their practice, Total Health Chiropractic, located in Cambridge.
“This family is very busy and have been nominated for outstanding work with the 4-H program,” Schleif said.
Isanti County Board members thanked Schleif and Skarsten for the work they do for the 4-H extension committee and congratulated the Nybloom family.
“Thank you for the award,” Taryn said. “There’s a lot of people who work really hard on the farm. There are a lot of farm families around, and I’m honored that we were chosen. It means a lot to us.”