Ron Mielke's first shop came with a farm bought in 1990. It was a pole shed with a partial concrete floor and wood stove, and a multitude of mice. Mielke claims he bagged a thousand of the foraging varmints.
"It really was quite miserable," he recalls of the shop, outside Harrington, Wash., about an hour southwest of Spokane. "It was always, always cold. If I wasn't hauling wood in, I was hauling ashes out. But we felt we could get by."
And he did for many years. But growth eventually overwhelmed that pole shed.
Today, Mielke farms 5,000 acres with ...