Jamie, her husband Hannibal and their kids Zora (9) and Theo (5) gather on the sofa in the light-filled living room of their family home in Apple Valley. In the center of the room a beautiful, handcrafted cradle, gifted to Jamie and Hannibal by her family in 2010 when they were expecting. Handcrafted from walnut, the cradle was made from a tree from the family farm in Cannon Falls. Both Zora and Theo slept in the cradle as babies.
After immigrating to Cannon Falls from Sweden in 1849, Jamie’s family settled on a parcel of land and have lived, farmed and expanded this homestead ever since. An impressive grove of walnut trees, planted when the house was built, surround it and provide a backdrop for many family memories, including Jamie and Hannibal’s wedding.
“It connects to our heritage, which is a big part of our identity. We loved the cradle for the kids and that it rocked, but that it kept us so connected to our particular family. Not just the wood, not just the land, but the woodworking and the carpentry that was an important part of the family,” Jamie shared as she pointed to various walnut objects in the room that were crafted by her grandfather.
Did we mention? The name of the farm is ‘Walnut Grove Farm.’