Allysa grew up on a dairy farm in west central Wisconsin. She has always had a great love for animals and found her passion for raising rabbits after her family began participating in 4-H. In 2019, she and her husband, Andy, purchased the property they live on today and J.K. Pasture Farm was no longer a dream; but a reality.
Allysa also has deep roots when it comes to libraries, and is currently the Children’s Services Coordinator for Watonwan County Library.
“I began volunteering at my hometown library when I was just 15 years old and libraries have, and will continue, to be a very important part of my life. I created ‘Reading Rabbits’ to combine my love of animals and libraries.”
Allysa is a volunteer with Brown County, MN 4-H and won the 2023 Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award. She wears many caps including, Rabbit Project Superintendent, Livestock Committee Secretary, Food stand Committee, Scholarship Auction Committee, and Club Leader.
Allysa has been a certified UMN Master Gardener since 2022, and plays a major role in The Bee & Bee Project.
Andrew attended the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire for his Bachelors Degree and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee for his Masters Degree. He is currently the Library Director at the Arlington Public Library in Sibley County.
Starting in 2022, Andrew stepped up to fill the long vacant position of Brown County 4-H, Goat Superintendent and is also a 4-H Club Leader and a part of the county Food Stand Committee.
Chloe has been involved in 4-H since 2018. Her experiences in 4-H inspired her to create ‘The Bee & Bee Project’, with some help from her family.
Chloe was the Jr. Rabbit Superintendent for Brown County MN 4-H from 2019 - 2022 and has now transitioned to become the Jr. Goat Superintendent! She held officer positions in her previous club as reporter and then vice-president. This year in her new club she was elected vice-president again, and also stepped up as Treasurer of the Brown County Federation Officers. Chloe is also an active Brown County 4-H Ambassador.
Chloe is an animal lover just like her mom. She has helped raise many animals on the farm including rabbits, chickens, ducks, and even has a pet turtle and a beta fish.
Despite being young, the twins greatly enjoy farm life and they are the first in our family to be born in Minnesota.
Some of their favorite times of the year are planting the garden, so they can have lots of tomatoes to snack on, and when baby chicks arrive!
They are Cloverbuds in 4-H and show rabbits, goats, and chickens, as well as some general projects. They love volunteering at 4-H events, and have been nicknamed Jr. Ambassadors.