The expansive 532.9-acre organic Dukelow Dairy Farm, located just outside the Village of Neosho in the bucolic countryside of Dodge County, specializes in cereals and hay. The working lands are adjacent to sedge meadows and forests, both of the upland variety and within a floodplain spanning more than 1.5 miles of the winding Rubicon River. The Dukelow Family is also one of nearly 1,800 owners of Organic Valley, a farmer-owned co-operative dedicated to selling a wide variety of high quality organic dairy products. The farm was the largest agricultural easement to close in the state of Wisconsin in 2021.
The conservation story of the Dukelow brothers inspired their neighbor, Claudeen McAluiffe, to permanently protect her neighboring property through a conservation easement with Tall Pines.
“My brothers and I were committed to keeping our land as farmland – and wanted to protect it from being subdivided. More than 10 years ago, we read an article in the Wisconsin Farmer about conservation easements and began the conversation within our family. We learned of the work Tall Pines does through Charlie Brumder and became a rest stop on Ride to the Barns.
Tall Pines helped us realize our dream and we’re thrilled our land will be preserved for future generations”—Joe Dukelow