David Hanson is a fifth-generation farmer who grew up on the farm he now runs with his wife, Margaret. The farm has been in the Hanson family for five generations since 1912. Margaret fell in love with the farmer and the farming life. They raised their three children on the farm and are proud of all that the land and dairy farming has taught them. They all helped with chores, learned responsibility early on and developed a lasting love for the environment. “We have had perhaps two vacations in the past twenty years,” says Margaret. But she’s not complaining. “That just goes with the territory. This is not a part-time commitment.”
Every April, the Hansons celebrate what they call “Spring Fling.” Friends and neighbors come from miles around to witness the ritual opening of the barn doors. After a long, hard winter, the cattle are feisty and anxious to get back in the fields; they smell spring in the air. As many as 200 people attend the community event to share coffee and baked goods on the lawn as David flings open the barn doors. Spectators see the glee and feel the joy of the cows as they rush out and luxuriate in the open fields. It’s so much fun, the event is now an annual tradition for many.