In the late 1930s, Manuel and Lilah Huyser purchased a 102-acre parcel at the corner of 142nd Avenue and 64th Street in Laketown Township. They drained the swamps, cleared the brush, straightened the creeks, and created an extensive irrigation system. Many buildings exist on the farm, largely constructed with wood harvested from the wood lots on the property. The Huyser home was built in 1939; its original plans still exist. Although the home needs maintenance, it is structurally sound.
The Huyser Farm Sub-committee (part of the Parks Commission) has developed a long-term detailed strategic plan for the farm’s preservation, development and maintenance. It hopes that through this plan the Huyser Farm will become an educational and ecological center that will draw interest from the residents of Laketown, the general public, the schools, and visitors to the area.
The Huyser Farm contains nine vegetative communities with a diverse flora representing 62 families and 295 species of vascular plants. These distinct communities attract an active bird population most of which are summer residents.
The Huyser Farm also is home to an organic blueberry patch. Residents are welcome to pick blueberries as no charge.