Wendelin Grimm

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Wendelin Grimm was born in Külsheim, Germany back in 1818 to Valentine and Mary.  His education was limited to training for a career in farming.  He married Julianna where they stayed until 1857, when they moved to Carver County Minnesota, via New York.  They settled in what is now modern-day Victoria, Minnesota.

When he arrived in Carver County he not only moved his family he also brought a small bag of everlasting clover seeds.  Winters in his new home were harsh compared to Germany.  He would save some of the seeds and replant them each year.  It wasn’t long before they grew a resistance to the harsh winters. He passed the original farmstead to his son Frank in 1872, moving to Chaska, Minnesota continuing farming until his death in 1890, he was 72.

What you may not know about Wendelin is that he is best known for his innovative seed saving techniques that resulted in North America’s first winter-hardy alfalfa.  It is estimated that all of North American alfalfa comes from the seeds that Wendelin saved.  Those seeds account for 60 million acres of alfalfa with a value today of 3.4 billion annually.

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Planted quite a few acres of alfalfa and handled a few bales.

Reminds me of "Johnny Appleseed".

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 11, 2020 04:10 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Anoter name on which I know nothing. I have, however, heard of winter-hardy alfalfa. Enjoy your day! 

May 11, 2020 04:49 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Well, who knew, James? I surely didn't. But I do now! Happy Monday to you!

May 11, 2020 04:56 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That is a new one that I had no idea of his accomplishments. I did see a special on our national seed bank that was impressive.

May 11, 2020 05:01 AM #5
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

This one strikes close to home James Dray as I was born a Minnesotan. Thank you for the fun tidbit that I did not know.

May 11, 2020 05:35 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray and this is the farmhouse where Wendelin Grimm and his wife lived..... we have several of that type of housing in Franklin MA...

Grimm, Wendelin (1818–1890) | MNopedia

May 11, 2020 05:50 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That definitely goes to show that failures should not hold people back, we should learn from them and trudge on towards success.

May 11, 2020 06:05 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - this wasn't quite the story I was anticipating when I initially read your title.  Learning something new each day.  

May 11, 2020 06:17 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Interesting, amazing how plants change and transform. I remeber hearing recently about the seed banks that are held in different places to maintain and continue heirloom plants. Love the name Wendelin.

May 11, 2020 06:54 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, you come up with some very interesting people, and those who made a big difference in today's world.

May 11, 2020 07:11 AM #11
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Cool story as always. Maybe his family should get a little $$$ from all those crops :):):)

May 11, 2020 07:42 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Again you surprised me with something I had given very little thought. Thank you for schooling me once more...

Happy Monday morning James Dray 

May 11, 2020 08:08 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have an outstanding week.

May 11, 2020 10:24 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Your posts are like a mini adventure.  Who know about winter alfalfa...I was clueless about this and the man behind it.  A

May 11, 2020 11:30 AM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - You have provided us with another great learning experience. Many in farming sciences may have studied this but I learned about it today!  Thank you. 

May 11, 2020 11:36 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

You know James- there are so many people to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. 

May 11, 2020 12:18 PM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

That was a pretty impressive story and accomplishment! I knew a little about alfalfa from having grown up around horses but this was all news to me!


May 11, 2020 04:43 PM #18
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this story of Wendelin Grimm.  We are fortunate that he had the foresight to bring a bag of alfalfa with him, to continue to grow and strengthen it.

May 11, 2020 06:57 PM #19
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Barbara Todaro is adding extra impact to the comments here with her pictures - loved hearing about the alfalfa!

May 14, 2020 04:01 AM #20
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am sure that Mr. Wendelin Grimm's family wishes that he had patented his process for saving the seeds

May 14, 2020 04:01 AM #21
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