Get to know us!
Sandhill Farm is operated by Andie Donnan and Ashley Neises. Our certified organic vegetable farm is part of the Sinsinsawa Mound Collaborative Farm. We are beginning farmers eagerly exploring ways in which we can provide fresh produce to our community. The two of us enjoy growing food in a way that contributes to our health and our land's health. We have a love for learning, discovering, and being in the outdoors.
Andie has been passionately working in the food industry for over 12 years; from customer service and food management to working as a farm hand. Much of her recent experience stems from working in various parts of our local foods system at farms, restaurants, the Dubuque Food Co-op, and the Dubuque Main Street Farmers' market. She is co-founder of The Millwork Night Market, an evening farmers' market in Dubuque, IA. Andie has an associates degree in Business Administration from Northeast Community College (NICC). In 2016, Andie helped organize and launch a student garden at NICC.
Andie's passion for beginning farming lies in her love for gardening and cooking at home. Canoeing, hiking, walking (especially with Cash & Opie), reading, and relaxing are also Andie's favorite past times. She is a native Dubuquer set out to do inspiring things for the community.
Ashley has over 10 years of experience working as a grower and organizer in Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Wyoming. She has managed greenhouses, community gardens, and not-for-profit farms. She was raised in Menominee, IL, a tiny town between East Dubuque and Galena, with her four sisters. Her parents always emphasized the significance of every life on their small hobby farm. Ashley truly enjoys the small things and moving at a pace slow enough to observe and reflect. This "snail" and her two dogs (Cash & Opie) have been together through it all. She is over-joyed to be farming with Andie and strives to farm in a way that gives her hope for the future.