A day on Singing Hills Dairy
Cultivating Land and Sharing
Knowledge in Rural Minnesota
At the beginning of 2020 Lizy began writing a proposal to purchase this land from her aunt Lynne
Lynne is the sole proprietor, cheesemaker and farmer behind Singing Hills Dairy. Her plan involved transitioning into stewardship of the land while apprenticing her aunt; studying the ways of the farm’s operations and agricultural practices.
Lizy Bryant, a Minnesota native who recently moved to Nerstrand, MN
It was finally starting to feel like autumn in Minnesota, with the leaves just on the cusp of changing into brighter hues.
Having been there for less than twenty minutes, it was striking how relaxed I already felt on the farm — given recent events and being on constant watch to distance myself from others during the pandemic. We walked along a 200 year old Oak savanna that lined parts of the property as we discussed Lizy’s vision for the future: an ecosystem of Black and emerging land stewards who serve their local communities.
Lizy is among those who see the impending mass retirement of farmers in the US as an exciting opportunity to equitably redistribute land so that Black people and people of color may more broadly enter into farming. She believes harnessing this opportunity will build resilient local food systems that address issues around food scarcity and racial hierarchy. And in a state known for agricultural distribution, less than 1% of the farmers identity as Black — something that Lizy wants to help change.
The goat barn at Singing Hills Dairy