Editor's Note
Jane [Hawley Stevens ] and her husband, David Stevens, are the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farmers of the Year. Jane and David own Four Elements Organic Herbals, a 130-acre farm in North Freedom, Wisconsin. They have been growing organic herbs and marketing herbal products for the past 32 years. They’re committed to good stewardship of their land, quality of life for their employees, and improved health for their customers. It’s immediately apparent that they are deeply passionate about the work they do.
January-February 2020
Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service

The couple met in Texas when they were both working for the Dallas Arboretum. They each loved cultivating plants and quickly discovered that they shared a vision of having a family farm. The farm has about three acres of herbs in production. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how many unique varieties of herbs they grow, but Jane estimates the number is over 200. Jane’s first love is cultivating plants, particularly in the greenhouse.

They also use a lot of herbs that are wild-harvested on the farm, and that provides a special connection to the land. The wild plants include jewel weed, chickweed, dandelion, prickly ash, and many others. Four Elements Organic Herbals’ business model is unique in that it’s vertically integrated. The supplies they can’t produce on the farm, they purchase directly from the source.

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