Champions of Change
Ryan and Tiffany Batalden are fifth generation beginning farmers in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. Along with their three young children – Finn, Lilly and Stella – they grow certified organic corn, soybeans, oilseeds and small grains on 380 acres, raise a small number of livestock, and have a direct-market popcorn business called Patriot Pops. Ryan serves on the Land Stewardship Project's Land Access Committee where he writes and speaks frequently about the important role new farmers play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities.