When Kelsey Hipnar’s local pumpkin patch closed due to the owner’s retirement, she felt a pull to keep one in the community. After much research and with a little help from family, she opened Kelsey’s Funny Farm. Kelsey’s Funny Farm provides a field trip opportunity for local schools and an outdoor recreational area to the community. Kelsey’s Funny Farm is a family-owned business with Hipnar’s sons even working jobs on the farm.
Kelsey had worked with Todd Rausch from America’s Small Business Development Center to start her two other businesses. “Todd always makes me feel like I am his only focus and makes the appointments flexible to my crazy schedule. He never judges me on my next crazy idea.” During her appointments with the SBDC, Kelsey received budget assistance and learned different marketing approaches to help grow her business.
Kelsey plans to expand next year by reinvesting some of the farm’s profits. She considers her three businesses “her entire livelihood” and looks forward to many more years of providing wholesome, family fun.
For more information on Kelsey’s Funny Farm, please visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Kelseysfunnyfarm/.
Written by: Jolene Schaefer