PYG Host Mary Holm made the trip to Moonstone Farm, as so many others have done through theMeander Upper Minnesota Valley Art Crawl, to experience a welcoming farm lifestyle where food production and art have combined to create an authentic travel destination that has been reviewed in theConde Nast travel magazine and several other publications. Richard and Audrey have lived on the century farm for more than 40 years that Richard’s grandparents homesteaded in the 1870s. The farm is known for its repurposed chicken brooder house farmstay accommodations, its grass fed beef, vineyard, vegetable gardens and its art.
Moonstone Farm is one of several destinations on the annual Meander that feature local food as well as art. “We are both artists and both farmers,” said Arner. “We have a long range goal that includes our desire to see beauty in all directions,” she added. For Richard and Audrey, beauty begins with healthy, intact soils, a variety of species, colorful buildings and water catchment. “It was an honor to have the professional and insightful Prairie Yard and Garden crew come to our farm.” Arner said.
Prairie Yard and Garden consistently ranks among the top-ten most-popular programs in viewer preference polls conducted by Pioneer Public Television. In addition, a Prairie Yard & Garden program that originally aired in February in 2013, ”Growing Cactus in Minnesota,” has been viewed more than 30,000 times online through Pioneer Public TV’s video on-demand service.