Dave and Sylvia

Dave and Sylvia Toftness

Connecting the dots between what we eat and how it’s grown

We farm together.

David: David began his work career as a commercial pilot for small business, and as a flight instructor in small planes. In fact, he instructed his son Dan to his first pilot’s license. (In the Air Force, Dan is now an instructor in the new F35 fighter jets.)
From pilot and flight instructor, Dave became a licensed chiropractor and has been serving patients in Polk County, Wisconsin and the Twin Cities metro area for over 30 years. Dave is also certified by the State of Wisconsin in nutritional counseling.
A respectful hunter, David plants ground cover and berry bushes for game birds and other wild life. He works to nurture and protect the land, water and animals placed on this earth for our careful stewardship.

Sylvia: I’m a Latina Baby Boomer from New York City. My family’s apartment in the South Bronx was a third-storey walk-up in a brick tenement building. It was one of thousands. The smells and sounds of a dozen nations spilled into the streets where my friends and I played soldier, stick-bat baseball, hopscotch and tag. Young boys would sometimes do battle with hand-made kites, their long tails affixed with razors and broken glass – perfect for arial competition. And when a kite was sliced free and began to spiral to the ground, kids would yell “Ahh-hoooo-tah” as they scrambled for the falling trophy.
After college, I became a television reporter in Duluth, Minnesota. That was in the early 1970s. During my career in public relations, I served public and private organizations in health care, sustainable agriculture, manufacturing, law enforcement, and education.
I began baking whole grain breads in the 1970s, but really became focused (some might say obsessed) on sourdough breads a dozen years ago. (I regularly bake 4-6 loaves a week, more for special events). We started welcoming students to our teaching kitchen five years ago. I’d love to meet you there.


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