Introducing Paul and Trudi Schaeffer and Windbeam Farm
We moved to the Farm in 1976 as part of the 1960s back-to-the-land movement, bringing with us an enthusiasm for rural living and hard physical labor — both requirements for making a life and raising two children on what remained of an abandoned 19th-century Farmstead.
Slated to be bulldozed, the house had been constructed in the 1870s by Norwegian immigrants, and electricity, phone and running water were never added.
The Farmstead itself included a beautiful barn with a badly leaking roof, six other outbuildings in serious disrepair and a quarter mile driveway that was little more than two wagon ruts.
Landscape in Bloom
While the grounds held several antique specimens of lilacs, peonies, irises and bridal wreath, other evidence of landscaping, gardening or yard work in the 20th century was wholly absent. We commenced the great renovation and the transformation into Windbeam Farm has been going on ever since!
Over the years we have raised chickens, goats, pigs, ducks, rabbits, beef, sheep and turkeys, but our livestock focus has narrowed. Chickens, goats and pigs rule the barnyards now, and we always humor a playful band of dogs and cats.
Now that we have raised our children, we happily entertain three grandchildren at Windbeam Farm, as well as many other relatives and friends. Trudi continues to run a landscaping business, emphasizing the design and installation of perennial gardens and gracing the Farm with her best work. Paul works with Trudi in the business, focusing his attention on rock walls and patios, and also teaches at a local university.
Despite the peace and beauty of this Farm, we try to travel several times a year ‹ usually bringing back inspiring gardening plans from places we have visited.
Widening the Circle
As our meandering gardens continue to mature, and we add even more features for outdoor entertaining, we’re inspired to share the treasure of our quiet retreat. We invite anyone planning a rural wedding or other special event to experience the beauty of Windbeam Farm. The outbuildings at Windbeam Farm, in all their rustic charm, create a splendid backdrop for photographs and videotapes. This scenic 19th century farm is the perfect setting for the Peacestock festival. Located across the Mississippi River, just six miles from downtown Red Wing, Minnesota, Windbeam Farm sits in idyllic wooded isolation. We invite you to enjoy its forty picturesque acres of lovely gardens, fields and woodlands.
Natural, simple and elegant, our surroundings include an 1870s farmhouse, an 1890s post-and-beam barn, a secluded campground, hiking trails and a large limestone fire pit.
Over the years we have hosted many wonderful gatherings on our farm. Please consider making yours one of them.
Are pets allowed?
We realize it’s a temptation for people to bring their pets to a Farm. A dozen dogs can quickly change both the atmosphere and the look of our many gardens. There are also many children and they do have priority. We hope you understand, please leave your dogs at home.
Are there local accommodations off the farm?
There is a large selection of hotels/motels six miles away in Red Wing, Minnesota. Be advised that Red Wing has many summer events for tourists and rooms fill up quickly. Ask us about setting aside blocks of rooms well in advance.
What are the bathroom accommodations? Is there running water?
Clean and comfortable satellite toilets are provided for every event. When necessary, we can include a handicap accessible toilet as well. We do provide a small outdoor sink area with fresh water, soap and towels.