About the Farm
Adolph Lindberg, a bachelor, originally from north of Gothenburg, NE, purchased the unirrigated farm ground about 1910 which consisted of around 240 acres, on the west end of the 25 mile long “Brady Island” west of Maxwell, Nebraska. He built a “bachelor’s pad” in which to live alone, later courting and marrying Victoria Fernstrom from Wild Horse Valley, north of Gothenburg, Nebraska. They had three children, Xenia, Earl, and Don, who moved off the farm for education. Don returned after graduating with an engineering degree and a stint in the service with his wife Peggy Berger, living in a house about 1/2 mile away. Until his health failed after only a few years, she taught school in Maxwell, and Don farmed with his father. They were very progressive, raising purebred Duroc hogs, chickens, corn, alfalfa, and honey. Adolph was a pioneer in irrigating and fertilizing his crops. He and Don worked closely with the University of Nebraska Extension Service in developing efficient and productive methods of farming. A wind charger with batteries stored in the basement provided 12 volt electricity for the farmstead before REA came to the area.
Adolph and Victoria had named the farm, “The Island Farm” because of its location on an island in the Platte river just below the confluence of the north & south Platte rivers. They farmed there until the spring of 1970. At which time, Dale & Cheryln Wahlgren rented the farm from Adolph (Dale’s great uncle). In 2000, Dale & Cheryln’s daughter and son in law, Jeff & Robyn Huffman moved to the farm and into the original farm house in March of 2001.
In 2002 Dale & Jeff formed an operating entity called “Island Farms LLC”. Island Farms LLC is family farming operation. With hard work and dedication Island Farms has continued to grow with each generation. Today the family managed farm has grown from 240 acres to 3000 acres of food grade white and yellow corn, soybeans and wheat.
Farming for us is not only a business, but also a way of life.