Dull Homestead Farm
In 1919, Vernon Dull and his father-in-law, Ira Brenner, bought a 170 acre farm just east of Bachman. In 2009, the Dull family marked 90 years of farming that same land. Vernon's son, Ralph, bought the farm from his father in 1969. In 1976, Ralph and wife Joy incorporated the farm and became Dull Homestead, Inc. Sons Pete, Mike and Kevin and daughter Becky were all involved in the day-to-day operations at that time. Now, those three sons, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and eight grandchildren work the farm, with several other grandchildren pitching in as needed. Those grandchildren mark the fifth generation of our family to make their living off the farm.
Over the years, the farm has grown to almost 1250 acres owned and an additional 1700 acres rented. Twelve hundred acres of our land has been secured in conservation easements. DHI produces, processes and packages about 1200 acres of seed corn. We employ around 250 teenagers each July to detassel the seed corn (please see the summer employment section for more information). DHI also has a 500 sow farrow-to-finish hog operation, producing some of the leanest pork in the area. Locally, you can buy our pork at Landes Meats in Clayton, Ohio. We also grow soybeans, wheat and corn to feed the hogs. In the fall of 2010, 100 head of cattle were added to our enterprises for the first time since the 1960s.
Conservation is very important to the Dull family. In 1967, Ralph and Vernon were among the first in the area to begin using the no-till practice. No-till farming reduces erosion and allows nutrients to remain in the soil, leading to rich, fertile farmland. Manure is used as fertilizer on our fields. Solar energy cells were added to the roof of our office building which houses the main farm office; the building also uses geothermal energy to heat and cool the building. We believe in good stewardship of the land, not only to sustain the family and honor what the Lord blessed us with, but also to leave a legacy and way of life for future generations of Dulls.
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