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100-Year Legacy of Farming & Land Conservation


While many people associate the Pabst family with the famous Pabst Blue Ribbon brew, farming is an even bigger part of the Pabst legacy. Pabst Farms came into being in 1906 when Fred Pabst made his first purchase of land in the Town of Summit.

Back then the 1,500 acre Pabst Farms development was the stomping ground for prize-winning Holstein as well as champion Percheron and Hackney horses. Pabst Farms was known throughout the country for its top breeding programs.

Fred Pabst was the key figure behind the success of the Pabst Farms breeding program as well as its dairy operations. Importantly, his love of the land led to a life-long interest in land management.. He studied and improved the soil of Pabst Farms’ fields for many years. Striking examples that still exist today are two wildlife refuge areas.

Sense of Place

As we celebrate the 100-year milestone of Pabst Farms history, our mission is to carry on the spirit of conservation and land management that gives Pabst Farms a special sense of place.