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About Probstfield Farm

Conserving, interpreting and sharing the heritage and legacy of Randolph and Catherine Probstfield's homestead and log home, the earliest European settlers along the Red River in Clay County, Minnesota.

Annual Harvest Festival this Saturday!

Saturday, October 1st, from 10 am – 5 pm

Come enjoy the beautiful fall weather, antique tractors, great music and other old time festivities at the Probstfield Farm Living History Foundation this Saturday! See our facebook page for more photos from past festivals.

Minnesota 5th Civil War Re-inactors

A Happy Autumn!

We’re happy to share some news about recent successes by the Probstfield Foundation. Last winter we applied for, and received, a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to obtain architectural drawings necessary prior to the repair the exterior of the Probstfield home. Built in 1868 by Randolph Probstfield, the home is the oldest standing home in the Red River Valley in the United States. Moorhead’s own Michael Burns Architects, Ltd, completed the drawings in September.

Cover of MBA, Ltd report showing Probstfield House around 1880

The next step is to apply for a grant for the interior drawings and then we hope to apply for large grant to start construction on the exterior in the spring of 2023.

We also applied for and were awarded a huge discount on the online Quickbooks program through TechSoup. TechSoup is a non-profit providing technology software, hardware and knowledge to qualifying non-profit organizations. A fantastic service for the non-profit community!

We had a good year. We were in several parades, had a 4-H Animal Science Day with small animals on the farm, had a great Harvest Festival and continued our work in preservation and education. Our fields are empty, water is turned off and the weather has a beautiful fall chill to it. Happy Autumn to all!

President Paul Sando and his 1937 John Deere pulling Education Moorhead members in the Probstfield hay wagon at the Greater Moorhead Days Parade

Harvest Festival a Success!!

Thank you to everyone who came to the 2021 Harvest Festival and a special thanks to all of those who helped us put on a fun event.

Twenty-six people earned their Tractor Driving Certificate this year, instructed by Troy Anderson on his beautiful John Deere 1939 B.

Members of the 5th Minnesota Infantry camped overnight and gave demonstrations all day, including drills and shooting their Howitzer cannon.

We had trail rides, music, good food and a beautiful day!

Michael Lindberg was the winner of our door prize! Thanks to all who donated, all who signed up for the door prize and all our new followers.

We held our annual membership meeting at 5:30, with several members in attendance. The Board of Trustees for 2021-2022 are: Paul Sando, President; Cody Wagnan, Vice President; Chad Fullmer, Secretary; Valeska Hermanson, Treasurer; Patrick Donegan, Monique Stelzer, Cathy Scheibe, Torie Jones, Andrew Jossund, and our brand new Trustee, Amy Dyrdahl.

Please join us again next year!