L.T.D. Farm is located in West Central Wisconsin, and is owned and operated by us, Khaiti & Andrew French. We raise heritage free-range duck eggs, run a small CSA share program, and offer lovingly raised pastured meats from turkeys, chickens, guinea, geese, ducks, & goats.
LTD Farm was started from scratch in 2006. We are both greenhorn farmers. Andrew’s family has a long line of farmers in the gene pool, and Khaiti’s mother was a dedicated homesteader. We share a passion for eating and growing delicious and sustainable food while living close to the land- that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.
We both worked at Seward Co-op in Minneapolis in our early twenties, learning the basics of business management and developing our passion for food and farms. Andrew was a deli manager there, and Khaiti was the meat buyer and then the merchandising manager. After moving out to a small 1.8 acre country plot in Osceola, WI, Khaiti started to dabble in homesteading, gardening and raising animals. Commuting to the Twin Cities got old fast so she ended up working at the River Market Co-op in Stillwater, a much shorter and more beautiful drive. Andrew left the co-op to begin working as a chef, and then moved on to work at a landscaping business after a brief stint as a green building intern. All the while he was studying Permaculture and learning how to garden vegetables. Using the natural systems of our planet to grow bountiful and nutrient dense food appealed to his love of being in nature.
As Khaiti’s farming activities grew, so did her small farm business which she had christened “Living the Dream Farm.” She was making soaps from her goats’ milk and starting to raise ducks and turkeys. Andrew was busy setting up a website for his new landscaping business and realized that his friend Khaiti would benefit from a website as well. After working together for weeks and sharing delicious food and wonderful times, low and behold a new love blossomed out of a long friendship!
We purchased our new farm together in 2010, moving LTD Farm from a 1.8 acre suburban lot to a 39 acre parcel in the rolling glacial hills of western Wisconsin. We found an incredible community of like-minded and kind folks out here, and feel blessed to have found our little slice of heaven. Married on the farm in 2011, we are Living the Dream each and every day.
Khaiti’s Blog: Small Scale Farming in Wisconsin
Andrew’s Blog: Kung Fu Farmer