Interview with Donald Wirz
Just off meandering Highway 64 west of Antigo where it meets Ackley Road to the north is Wirz Lane, and what a pretty spot it is for a seed potato farm. Nestled in a few trees with farmland spread out in every direction, the house, storage sheds, long driveway and office take up a square of land and a little piece of paradise.
What makes Wirz, Inc. even more endearing are the people working the land, real people, a farm family, including Donald Wirz, owner and president of the farm; his daughter, Angel; grandson and shop manager, Kyle Zarda; a second grandson and the farm’s electrical technician, Justin Euler; and that’s just the beginning of the extended family benefiting from the operation.
Donald began growing potatoes in 1960, and in 1964, he joined the Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program and began to exclusively grow seed potatoes. Currently, Wirz, Inc., grows approximately 300 acres of foundation and certified seed potatoes.