Mr. Ed’s Farm shows off true Iron Range horsepower


Mr. Ed and his draft horses at the farm.

This Saturday I’d recommend a family fun day at Mr. Ed’s Farm in Hibbing.

Mr. Ed’s Farm will be holding its official “grand opening” Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10796 Foss Road, found south on Highway 5 near the Hibbing/Cherry line. It costs $5 per person, free for kids 2 and under.

Who’s Mr. Ed? He’s not a horse, of course. He’s Ed Nelson, the Iron Range and Grand Rapids-area historian who is spending his “retirement” setting up a family and school destination on his horse-powered 160-acre farm east of Hibbing. Ed runs draft horses to plow his land, raises sheep, cows, pigs and chickens, and cares for a wandering llama named Otis.

We were able to bring the boys to the farm last winter for a “focus group” test of the facility, which was very cool. We’re looking forward to going back on Saturday.


Otis the Llama.

Mr. Ed brings kids out to the farm to see the real world of agriculture and livestock. He has a session around the time the lambs are born, during the harvest, and plowing season. In the winter he takes people on hayrides around a network of paths he forged through the woods by hand harvesting old timbers.

If it’s not authentic, Mr. Ed doesn’t do it.

Fun Fact: Mr. Ed’s son Matt works for the Washington Post and helped design and implement the new, launched a couple weeks ago. Ed, Gail and Matt are very cool people and you should read Mr. Ed’s blog, which has some hilarious, very well written stories about farming and livestock.

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