Bluff Valley Farm - REAL Organic Certified
Adventures in the Driftless Region
Growing up in Metro Detroit Catherine was an early starter in organic farming. At age seven she started her first organic vegetable plot behind the family garage.
Many years later after as career as a physician with the best hospital in Eau Claire, Catherine has the opportunity to be a full time farmer in Wabasha Minnesota. Catherine and David purchased the farm in 2016 and with the help of MANY friends began the inordinate task of brining the land and soils back. In 2019 the farm received Organic Certification, and in 2021 earned the REAL Organic certification and Monarch Habit Rest Area Designation. In 2022 the farm earned the State of Minnesota Water Quality Farm Certification. We continue to work on the land and soil to leave Bluff Valley Farm better for the next generation.
There’s nothing better than taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spending some quality time in Driftless Region. At Bluff Valley Farm - REAL Organic Certified, located in a quiet bluffs of Wabasha MN, you can spend the day picking your own flowers or enjoying the nature surrounding you.
We’re proud of our commitment to the land and soil at Bluff Valley Farm - Organic Certified and will be welcoming visitors to our authentic Pick-Your-Own Farm in the Driftless Region.
See for yourself why so many people come back to see us time and time again.
Rochester Post Bulletin Visit
Bluff Valley Farm is a
Minnesota Water Quality Certified Farm
Slowing the Flow at Bluff Valley Farm
Drive down a gravel road entrance and turn the corner into Catherine and David Schmidt’s Bluff Valley Farm, and you’ll see several buildings nestled among acres of apple and hazelnut trees, surrounded as if in a bowl by a tree-filled ridge on three sides. “We don’t come from a farming background,” says Catherine, explaining that she and David bought Bluff Valley when they retired after years of saving up. They came in with three goals: build community, increase carbon in the soil, and decrease carbon in the atmosphere. Looking at water quality has been a big part their progress. “I see water as part of the whole climate protection piece,” says Catherine. “And it’s been fun to figure out how to improve things.” After experiencing a series of intense rain events, David and Catherine put in swales to help hold water on the land. In addition to focusing on perennial crops that don’t require tilling, they have also implemented a permaculture-inspired “keyline” design on their land, which creates pathways for water to move across their steep slopes rather than directly downhill. Techniques like these have helped David and Catherine become certified in the MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. Over the years, David and Catherine have witnessed a growth of both community and ecological richness at the farm. Friends gather for snowshoeing in the winter and come to help with bigger projects, like asparagus planting. The farm has become a waystation for wildlife—monarchs and lightning bugs, frogs and toads, and birds like purple martins and indigo buntings are visitors that David and Catherine don’t always see elsewhere. “We want to leave the land better than we’ve found it,” David always says. Bluff Valley Farm is certainly on its way.