In 2000, John A. DeVos III and his wife, Cheryl, formed Kimball Brook Farms, LLC in partnership with John’s parents, who owned a 210-acre farm property in Ferrisburgh. In 2003, John and Cheryl bought the neighboring 324-acre farm to increase the cropland base, provide heifer housing, and add residential income to the growing farm operation. In 2004, they bought out John’s parents, and became the sole owners of Kimball Brook Farms, LLC. They also converted the farm operation from conventional to organic milk production the same year
Today, John and Cheryl operate the farm with the help of five full-time employees and a part-time employee. With the assistance of $360,000 in VACC financing, John and Cheryl were able to refinance debt associated with Kimball Brook Farm’s growth during the prior decade, and realize significant cash flow improvement to help them further grow their farm operation into the future. Their goal is to develop a value-added processing enterprise for the organic milk they produce on the farm.