Marie Petry ready to revitalize Lake Agassiz SFA chapter

Farm Forum

A new voice has stepped up to revitalize our Farmer-to-Farmer Network in northwestern Minnesota.

Marie Petry is the new chapter coordinator and state board representative for the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) Lake Agassiz chapter and is now working to get the chapter going again, including planning an event for this summer. Previously, folks in the Lake Agassiz area who wanted to get involved with SFA would often join either the Central or the Western chapter due to local inactivity – and the vastness of the region definitely constrained cohesiveness – but Petry is determined to build a chapter that works for the farmers in the Lake Agassiz region.

Marie lives with her husband, Bob, on a 20-acre farm east of Wolverton.

“Since purchasing this place in 2009, we’ve been transitioning to intensive grazing pastures raising Jersey cows, a couple hogs, butcher and layer chickens, and a few turkeys,” she said. “There is a large garden, and developing orchard, and a high tunnel being added this year.”

Petry’s personal history includes being an Ag Loan Officer followed by home schooling her two children, Elizabeth and Karl. With the nest almost empty, Petry (right) said she was looking forward to focusing on the growing farm and networking with other sustainable farm families.

If you are in or near the Lake Agassiz region – which is essentially along U.S. 59 from Fergus Falls northward – and want to get involved with the burgeoning chapter, please contact Marie Petry at or 218-995-2002.

Watch SFA Connect for when Petry and the Lake Agassiz chapter announce details regarding their summer event. And thanks, Marie, for helping strengthen our network.