The Wagler family

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Mervin and Marlene Wagler moved from Indiana to Madison County with their two young children in the spring of 2013. They chose this area for the farming opportunities and set about turning a rundown 40-acre farm into a productive contributor to the local ag community. Mervin grew up farming–his parents had a conventional dairy farm–but he spent 15 years as a schoolteacher and a woodworker before deciding to return to farming. At their new Goose Green Farm, the Waglers currently raise 200 laying hens as well as 150 broilers for Side Hill Farmers Meats & Market, and have recently added turkeys and lambs to the farm operation. The layers and the broilers are all pasture raised and sold to the local market. “I’m really interested in producing a low-impact product and selling it to people I have a good chance of meeting and knowing.” Although their farm is not certified organic, Mervin says that “our standards are higher than the USDA Organic standard. We will let the customer do the “certifying:” they can come and see how we raise our animals.” The Waglers also have six young Jersey heifers who started to produce milk in 2015. Mervin speaks with passion about his plans for a certified-raw milk dairy: “The raw milk–it’s ‘real’ milk, not nuked–is the one that feels most like a ministry to me–a ministry of real food.”