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Daily Inspiration: Meet Trisha Zachman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Trisha Zachman.

Hi Trisha, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
One day, I was watching the news and they were talking about the most popular places to rent on Airbnb. Barns were in the top 5 that people seemed out! I immediately thought about the nice barn that we have and decided to rent it out! I soon got many guests to stay in the barn and they were all so curious about how we farmed or why we did this or that. I loved that my guests were so interested in learning about farming which gave me the idea of starting a learning farm. I have always been very passionate and proud of the farm roots that I have and love sharing the enjoyment I get.

Feathered Acres Learning Farm & Inn officially launched in 2021. My vision is to help bridge the gap between the public and agriculture. I want to strengthen the knowledge and understanding of farms, giving people the opportunity to form their own educated opinion when it comes to farms vs reading about them. I have created real hands-on experiences in order to combat this disconnection to farms. I hope to share this pure enjoyment I receive from rural living with my guests. The name

Feathered Acres come from the free-ranging chickens that roam the property. I loved that everywhere I was on the farm I could see feathers swaying in the wind. Seeing how free my chickens were, each day not confined made my heart happy. That then slowly stemmed to the integration of regenerative agricultural practices. With a regenerative approach, animals have the best quality of life and can express their true animal instincts, giving them a free-range life to do as they please and eat a large diversity of plants.

We are on a mission to connect people with agriculture. At Feathered Acres Learning Farm & Inn, we are so excited to give people hands-on experiences, practical life skills, and a glimpse into the agricultural way of life.

Feathered Acres Farm is in the transitional process of becoming a full regenerative farm. We strive to protect the natural ecosystem around our farm while giving our animals land to roam and graze. We focus on improving our soil health, carbon capture, increasing biodiversity, and sustainable practices.

This is a millennial-run farm and we hope to teach the public an older way of farming. We want to inspire people to pursue an agricultural career or start their own farm. We need more connection to the farm and we hope Feathered Acres will give you that holistic, real experience.

Our promise:
At Feathered Acres, we cherish our animals, our land, and our guests. To our animals, we promise a pristine and quality life. To our beautiful land, we promise to focus on soil health, plant biodiversity, and no chemicals. To our guests, we promise a comfy night’s rest and to transparently answer all of your farming questions.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting the transition to a regenerative method of farming has been tough because it’s not easy for the farmer but a better quality life for the animal. It’s so worth it and not everything should be easy and convenient because the freedom and food they get give us a better product.

The renovations have been a long road of ups and downs!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I grew up on a family-owned dairy farm 9 miles down the road from Feathered Acres! My upbringing set the foundation for my love and excitement about owning my own farm someday. I received my bachelor’s in agronomy from North Dakota State University. I have a bachelors in agronomy and a minor in agribusiness. Following my education, I worked in agricultural chemical sales for nearly a decade. I had a bigger desire to connect people with their food while myself living a regenerative farming lifestyle.

I am most proud of my family and the farm we have created. Giving my daughter Esther to grow up on a farm has always been one of my biggest goals. She learns to care for animals and watch the reward she gets from planting.

What sets me apart is that I have created a farm stay experience. There is nowhere else in Minnesota where you can stay in a barn and then tour a REAL working farm. You can sign up for classes to learn to work with your hands and create a more sustainable life for yourself.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Supporting me would be sharing my business page with people and liking me on social media! I would love more businesses!

Schools can come to do field trips! I do wellness retreats, parties, and any other social gathering!

Pricing:

  • $160 a night at the Inn
  • $4.50 a lb for pork
  • $5.00 for a dozen eggs

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Image Credits
Blessed Acres Design (Elizabeth Amundson)

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