Ron and Barb Nelson are the creators of Nelson-Shine Produce. Ron and Barb started the farm as Nelson-Shine Holsteins in 1984, shortly after they were married, and milked cows until 2001. In 2004, the poultry processing started in full swing with the completion of a new building, the purchase of a large freezer, and the hiring of staff. They also, in that time, started the greenhouse and have since expanded both the greenhouse and poultry processing business. While Ron runs poultry processing, Barb works at Lakes Printing during the week and in the greenhouses whenever she is able to. Veronica, their daughter, now runs the greenhouses. Together they have had 7 children and currently have 22 grandchildren.
Magnus and Krissy Nelsons, along with the 6 children (Olivia-10, MJ-8, Elliot-6, Francis-5, Oliver-3, and Theodore-1) have operated a 53-acre farm in rural Brainerd known as the Green Barn Veggie Farm since 2012, tending to 15 vegetable crops on 5 acres of land, whereupon it is sold at self-serve stands, through an online growers market and via local co-ops in Brainerd and Onamia.
In addition to their vegetable crops, the family raises about 30 laying hens and 1,000 broiler chicks annually, processed through Nelson-Shine Produce, which is operated by Mangus’ father, Ron Nelson. A flock of 30 sheep and Pekin ducks raised for eggs and meat round out the family’s homestead.
Along with their farmwork, Magnus has made his mark as an educator and facilitator for agriculture in Brainerd. He works as the agriculture education teacher at Brainerd High School and serves as an adviser to the local Brainerd chapter of the FFA, formerly Future Farmers of America.
The Nelson family was recenly awarded the "Farm Family of the Year" title for 2019.
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Nick and Gretchen own and operate their own farm, 2 miles west of the Main Farm location. They raise and sell strawberries, raspberries, and beef. In 2011 they welcomed their twin daughters, Heather and Savannah. In 2017 they welcomed their third daughter, Leona! They are very good helpers in the strawberry patch and enjoy helping take care of all the animals. To learn more about us, please click here to check out our website.
Maggie and Leo live in Pierz with their daughters Catherine, Maria, and Elizabeth. Maggie works as a Veterinarian at Litke's Veterinary Service and still likes to spend time working with her family at Nelson-Shine Produce. Leo works as an Engineering Supervisor for C4 Welding and likes to help wiht the operational and mechanical aspects of Nelson-Shine Produce when possible. The 3 girls are excited to be back living close to their grandparents, after living in the Twin Cities. They love to be a part of the ever changing seasons on the farm, and all of the excitement it brings throughout the year!
Ben and Kirsti were married in December of 2010, while Ben was home for Christmas leave. Ben recently ended his enlistment with the United States Marine Corps and works as an EMT for North Amublance. He is almost done with his Paramedic degree! Kirsti for Essentia Heath at the Brainerd Hospital. They have 2 daughters, Audrey and Lucy, who love to play outside at Grandma and Grandpas's whenever possible!
Veronica is an online student at Central Lakes College, majoring in Business Management. She is working towards managing the Greenhouses at Nelson Shine Produce. You will see her face often when shopping for your plants. Veronica's role has changed in the poultry processing business as well. All though many still think of her as the "little gizzard girl", she is now assistant manager along side Ron. She does the majority of the booking of poultry appointments and rotates with Ron and Magnus as Floor Manager on Poultry Processing days.
Veronica recently got married to Wade Geisenhof July 4th, 2015. He works for Graphics Packaging in Crosby, MN as a machine assembler. He recently took an EMT course at Central Lakes College and will be taking the National Registry test soon. He helps out in the greenhouse and poultry business where ever he can.
Simon is the youngest of the Nelson family, but don't let him fool you! He totally enjoyed his football and weight lifting days in High School. He will be graduating from Brainerd Sr. High this Spring and starting work at Graphic Packaging. He will be attending CLC the Fall of 2020 in the Mechatronics program