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Heartland Farms is a fifth generation irrigated Potato & Vegetable farm operating in five counties of Wisconsin. We currently ship out of four locations including: Almond, Amherst Junction, Hancock, and Plainfield. We are currently farming approximately 21,000 irrigated acres and have been experiencing substantial growth.  To learn more about the farm and our "family of families", please click here to watch our Family, Inc. video.

We produce many different types of chipping potatoes as well as potatoes that go to supermarkets and head off to your home.We currently ship chipping and fresh market potatoes from our Wisconsin operation from August through June 15th.  We have storage capacity for over 3,500,000 Cwt.  (175,000 tons)  Shipping capacity is approximately 60 truck loads per day.

Other crops produced are sweet corn, canning peas, green beans, and soybeans.  All of the vegetable crops are sold to Wisconsin food processors.

A brief history of Heartland Farms: The original farm was settled in 1873 by August Pavelski, great grandfather to current CEO Richard Pavelski when he emigrated from Poland.  We were incorporated as A. M. Pavelski & Sons Inc. in 1974 and Heartland Farms Inc. became the successor in 1990 when Richard and Dave Knights partnered.  The original 80 acre farm was near Amherst Jct. in Portage County and is still being farmed today.  We have experienced rapid growth in the last twenty five years. Richard grew up on the farm and has been active in the business since graduating from Pacelli High School in 1967.  Richard also has prior experience as the President and sole owner of Pavelski Enterprises Inc., one of the largest privately owned agricultural fertilizer and chemical supply operations in the Midwest.

In 1979 Dave officially joined the Illinois family corn & Soybean farming operation he grew up on. His family had been running a farming operation in central Illinois since 1863. In response to severe downward economic pressure in the farming industry in Illinois in 1983, Dave went to work for a developing potato farm in central Wisconsin.
 

Three years later, Dave had acquired the skills and experience to become Director of Farming Operations for Colburn Farms and additionally oversaw and implemented the expansion of their farming operations by 1,100 acres in Southeastern Missouri.

Looking for new challenges, Dave formed a partnership with Dick Pavelski to start Heartland Farms in 1990. In the years since inception, Dave has helped steward Heartland Farms through a more than ten fold increase in acreage. We went from 1,400 acres to the 15,000.

Dave's tenure with Heartland Farms, Inc. has been marked by the use of innovative new technologies and the development of new agronomic and storage protocols for emerging chipping potato varieties.

Richard's son, Jeremie Pavelski, is now the President of Heartland Farms. Jeremie has been working around the farming operations since he was in middle school and joined the team full time in 2004 after college. Jeremie is also on the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association and National Potato Council Board of Directors.   


TJ Kennedy, the current Vice President of Operations joined the Team in 1998 working in conjunction with Heartland Farms and Frito-Lay at their research facility. TJ came on the Heartland team fulltime in 2000 where he began as an account manager on the Fulfillment team and has worked his way up to the title of Vice President of Operations in 2009.

We currently employ approximately 100 full time people and an additional 120 on a seasonal basis.  We also contract with several other potato growers in Portage, Waushara, and Adams Counties to produce potatoes for us.