Michael P. Dussel was born in Cuyahoga Falls, but has lived in Brimfield all of his life and is a third generation farmer. His grandfather Gus (the first) purchased the farmland in Brimfield in 1948. The farm started with cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, grain crops and hay. Gus (the second), Mike’s father, continued on with the farm. They eventually eliminated the livestock and focused on vegetables and grain crops. Today, the Dussel family not only farms the land, but they run the Farm Vegetable Market and the Dussel Farm Feed Store. They are good stewards of their land and farm; they received the Soil & Water Conservation Award in 1998.
The farm has also hosted a yearly Pumpkin Festival for 30 years, as well as holding field trips for local elementary schools in season. A corn maze was added over six years ago. The Dussel family is truly a supporter of agritourism!
Michael’s wife, Linda, has played a very important part in helping Mike promote agriculture. They have two sons: Michael Jr. and Becky of South Carolina (and their dog “Willie”), and Dr. Christopher and Holly (3 children). Mike went to St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Kent and is a graduate of Field High School in Brimfield. Mike and Linda are members of St Patrick’s Church in Kent. He also belongs to the Knights of Columbus and is a member of Brimfield Historical Society. Mike and Linda have been Farm Bureau Members for over 35 years.
Congratulations to Michael Dussel for being this year’s Portage County Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award recipient.