Joel and his wife, Lyndsay, proudly grow wheat on the farm that’s been in their family for three generations — it’s now a fourth-generation farm with the help of their kids!
Farming is something that’s in our blood. The farm has been passed down for three generations, with our kids, Erica and Grant, now being the fourth. We want to continue what our great-grandparents started and strive to make it better, and being able to work the same land they began with nearly 100 years ago is a very neat thing.
We’re very fortunate to get to work with each other every day; there are a lot of families that don’t get to see each other often or make decisions together like we do. Erica’s been going on the tractor since she could walk, and she first drove it by herself at twelve. This has been a way of life for our great-grandparents and grandparents, and now we hope to pass it down to the next generation to keep it moving forward.
This unique family farm is actually a combination of two different farms — neighboring families that partnered together decades ago to pool resources and grow together.
JADE Farms was started as a partnership between two neighbors, Douglas Yackle and James Licht. The neighbors saw an opportunity to pool resources and become more efficient,so they merged their family farms in the 1990s, and over the years business has grown. Now Doug’s son and nephews have become partners, and they will continue the farming tradition into the future.
The Timmons family has been farming their land for three generations, with grandfather Charlie, son Chad, and grandson Connor all working side by side every year to bring in the crops.
It begins with my parents. Both my parents are from Michigan, and they got married in 1940. They met working on the same farm, and then bought this farm in 1946, because they wanted to get away from the city and back to the Thumb of Michigan. They started with 40 acres of land that they bought for $6,500. In 1966, my brother and I bought some land of our own and took over the rest of the farm. I eventually took over the farm until my son, Chad, began working with me full-time in 2001.