Medicine Creek Farm began as Belly Rub Bacon, a pastured pig operation run by Hannah Bernhardt and Jason Misik with the help of friends, family, and neighbors.
Hannah grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Southern Minnesota and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts in 2004. She worked in politics and government in St. Paul and Washington, DC, grew her first vegetables on rooftops in Brooklyn, and fell in love with grass-based livestock farming as an intern at Kinderhook Farm in the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York. She returned home to Minnesota and began her pastured pig operation, Belly Rub Bacon, in 2015 at beautiful Dancing Winds Farms outside of Kenyon, MN, formerly a popular goat dairy run by Mairi Doerr, while also milking sheep at Shepherd's Way Farm, harvesting garlic and ginger at Seven Songs Organic Farm, helping her dad plant and harvest crops, and selling cheesemaking kits at Roaring Brook Dairy.
When Hannah and Jason met, a bigger farm vision quickly grew. Jason grew up in Wisconsin where he helped the neighbors with chores on their dairy farm, worked part-time in a commercial egg operation, and spent two years in his 20s at the mushroom farm River Valley Ranch. Together they traveled with the Practical Farmers of Iowa to Gabe Brown's famous no-till, rotationally grazed livestock farm in North Dakota, attended numerous field days and farm conferences through MOSES and the Sustainable Farming Association of MN, completed the Land Stewardship Project's Farm Beginnings course, and began searching for farm land of their own.
In spring of 2016, they bought 160 acres of beautiful rolling hay fields and wildlife-filled wetlands outside Finlayson, MN, and Medicine Creek Farm was born. Jason began construction of their home while Hannah tended the pigs and a quickly growing menagerie of additional livestock. In addition to Belly Rub Bacon, they look forward to offering 100% grass fed and finished lamb, beef and pastured eggs in the coming years. Keep your eye out on social media or sign up for our mailing list to learn about new offerings as they become available!