Fink Farms, LLC

Rick Fink made up his mind in high school that he was going to go to college and be a teacher. After graduation, he left the family farm in Mayville, WI and set his plan in motion. “I left for college for 5 years to become a teacher,” Rick said. “I taught for one year and realized it wasn’t for me. I missed working with my hands and being out in the fields.” The “roots” of the farming traditions that Rick had grown up with all of his life had been “planted” too deep for him to ignore. He came back and established himself as part of the family business.

Fink Farms, LLC is a Cash Crop and Custom Services operation located in Mayville, WI in Dodge County. Rick, his wife, Candace, and brother, Dan, are the members of the farm and also run Fink Trucking Service, LLC. “There is a lot of different aspects both positives and negatives when you are working with family members,” according to Rick. “There are benefits and there can be challenges.” Considering that farming has been in this family for 5 generations, those beneficial aspects must be prevailing over what comes about as challenges.

Rick and Candace have three children. It will be quite a while before their twin boys, Micah and Isaac, and daughter, Anya, will need to make their career decisions. Rick realized his true passion was getting outside and doing field work, but will any of their children feel the same way? That remains to be seen. For now, it’s time to enjoy the adventures, discoveries and traditions that growing up on a farm can bring.

Being a multifaceted operation, when winter comes and field work goes on hold for a while, the Finks do snow removal. Clearing the driveways that lead to the wind turbines in their area is a resourceful approach to adapt their business for the seasonal conditions.

Rick is on the Church Board at St. Peters in Kekoskee, WI and is on the Plenary Board for Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac. He is a member and current President of the Knowles Fire Department and also participates on the department’s water fighting and softball teams. Rick tries to fit a weekly bowling night into his schedule and always enjoys the opportunity to play softball.

Our Farmer Friday Family continues to grow each week as we share the stories of our members. Thank you to Rick and his family for joining us as part of this journey. Best of luck to Rick, the Fink family and their operation for a safe planting season and a successful future!

#FarmerFriday #72. To show our appreciation to our producer members Country Visions Cooperative will be giving a snapshot look of our customers and their operations in this feature each Friday