Owner of Flying Tractor Farm in Sturgeon Bay, Ron Schweigert was born on a small Wisconsin dairy farm “back in the old days” of the 1950’s. His parents moved off the farm when he was four years old but he perpetually heard them say how much they loved those years on the farm. Thereafter Ron always wanted to live the farm life. After a 30-year business career in mortgage banking, in 2013 Ron purchased this property and began renovating to meet his needs as small diverse farmer.
Flying Tractor Farm has about 3 acres in vegetables, 4500 square feet in two hoop houses for season extension, a year-round 700 square foot hydroponics room, and multiple barns and out-buildings for animals. Ron will be providing heritage-breed Tamworth pork, heritage-breed Dexter beef, and Cornish Cross chicken to SLO’s meat shares, and he also sells eggs and other meats (goat, rabbit, turkey) at the farm and at markets primarily in Door County. Organic grain is purchased from local farms for the animals, which are also pastured outside. To make the farm more sustainable, Ron has added an 18-kW solar system on his barn.