Dayna Burtness Nguyen
Nettle Valley Farm
Dayna Burtness runs Nettle Valley Farm in southeast MN. She and her partner Nick raise pastured pigs for families and chefs on about 70 acres of woods and pasture. Dayna has been working on all things food and farming since 2005 as a farm intern, student farmer, a farmers market assistant manager, a local foods policy wonk, failed rooftop farm entrepreneur, wholesale vegetable farmer, restoration agriculture earthworks assistant, and now livestock farmer and incubator farm program manager. She believes in paying it forward, transparency, interdependency and the power of community.