Jeff and Lesa Mulligan are the third generation on Mulligan Farm, and they want to make sure they’re not the last. That’s why they have taken steps to ensure the land that has supported their lifestyle for nearly a century will remain long after they’re gone.

In addition to incorporating sustainable on-farm practices, they have protected their homestead; 640 acres and nine of the farm’s buildings have been designated as historic places, including the home where Jeff and Lesa are raising the fourth generation on the farm — their son and two daughters.

As the managers of Mulligan Farm watched development creep up in the area surrounding their home and dairy, they took action to protect nearly 1,200 acres of farmland with a conservation easement. They sold the rights on their farm deed, swearing never to sell the fertile land that has proven to be so valuable for agriculture.

“As a family, we felt it was really important for the land to remain in agriculture,” Jeff says.

At Mulligan Farm, protecting the land doesn’t just protect farmers’ livelihoods — it protects their children, their home and their ability to feed the world. 

Chris Ehresman

Dairy Farmers of America, 10220 Northwest Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO, 64153