Josh Engel was born and raised in rural Soldiers Grove, on his parents’ organic dairy farm. He started growing potatoes when he was 11 years old and hasn’t looked back since. Josh is the brain child of Driftless Organics’ famous sunflower oil and has been instrumental in bringing biodiversity to the farm in the form of small grains, biofuels and other edible-oil crops like pumpkin seed and canola.
Like Josh, Noah was also raised on one of the area’s first organic farms. Since he was old enough to walk, Noah has been working with (and playing with) tractors. To this day, tinkering in the shop is his first and foremost passion. From cultivation equipment to our harvest machines, Noah is the one building, fixing and managing it all. Noah is also in charge of the farm’s many “systems”, including our vast network of irrigation lines and our vegetable washing and pack lines. In addition to all of this, Noah’s in charge of all of the weed control AND nutrient management on the farm. I’m sure there’s about a thousand other things that Noah takes care of at Driftless and as you can see, he’s a busy guy!
Driftless Organics is an organic vegetable farm that grows great food for great folks in the Twin Cities, Madison, LaCrosse and Viroqua. Our story begins back in 1993, at the tender ages of 9 & 11, when we had a dream to grow the best organic spuds around. That spring, in a small field on our family’s organic dairy farm, we planted over 20 varieties of potatoes. As local legend has it, our dream came true. Come fall, we dug up a delicious rainbow of potatoes and we fell in love with all the shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors the fertile land had yielded. The rest is history. What began as a dream planted in a quarter acre has now grown to over 100 acres of ridge and valley fields in the enchanting Driftless region of Southwest Wisconsin. Our farm is called Driftless Organics and beyond our legendary potatoes, we produce fruit, vegetables and sunflower oil that we share via farmers markets, grocery stores and with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members throughout the upper Midwest.