About Us

Located in southern Michigan, our family farm stretches across nearly 2,500 acres. The Smiths have been farming here for seven generations since 1837 when Azariel Smith cleared the first plot of land. After a family friend suggested we grow teff (and corn fell to $3.50/bushel), we jumped on the opportunity to diversify our crop portfolio.

The Smiths have been farming here for seven generations, since 1837.

We had been told teff prefers a climate similar to Ethiopia—hot and dry. Michigan is known for its humidity and we were nervous. We were so happy when our first teff harvest was successful! Since then, we’ve worked hard to adapt our methods and machinery to best suit the grain.

Our Farming Philosophy

We are proud of our conservation record. We practice no-tillage farming and rotate our crops every year to maximize benefits for the soil and environment. Conventional farming requires the farmer first to plow then to “fit” the fields to disrupt weed growth, bury crop residue left from the previous harvest and create a smooth seed bed for spring planting.

We are proud of our conservation record.

In contrast, no-till leaves the field untouched between the fall harvest and spring planting. No till works in conjunction with crop rotation to maintain the micro-organisms and nutrients in the soil. It also helps prevent soil erosion because the soil is more permeable and absorbs more water.

Resources

Whether you’re looking to maintain a healthier lifestyle or are starting over gluten free, the following links are great resources that may be helpful in making better choices. Some of these blogs promote going gluten free and others include nutritious meat dishes. Regardless of what you prefer, we always support buying local as much as possible and eating more vegetables!

We always support buying local.

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The three goals of Erin’s blog are to help you create a recipe, explore any ingredient and stock a pantry. Her blog is a fantastic place to browse if you’re just starting out.

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Another great gluten free blogger, Shauna has written several books and won the James Beard Award for her book Gluten-Free Girl Everyday.

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Matt is an endurance athlete and has great advice for those with an interest in how food and fitness fit together. His blog has a “Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a No Meat Athlete” for free.

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Dan experiments with all kinds of food. He eats meat, gluten, and dairy but has vegetarian, vegan and gluten free recipes. His recipes come from 24 different cuisines.

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After years of health issues, Karina finally discovered her Celiac’s disease and has been gluten-free for 15 years. While her story sounds familiar, her blog has enough recipes to keep the most ambitious cook busy.

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Janet is a great source for readers looking for the truth behind diet myths and food fads that plague the media. Some of her top posts include “The ‘Eat like me; look like me’ Trend” and “Why must we label how we eat?”.

Farming Resources

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Brian is an Indiana farmer on 2,000acre farm where he plants corn, soybeans, popcorn and wheat. He gives readers his farmer’s perspective on important topics like Monsanto and precision agriculture technology.

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Andrew and Brian are Associate and Assistant Professors, respectively, at the University of Wyoming. Their research on weed management programs and the long term impact of invasive weeds has led to many publications.

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No-Till Farmer takes a close look at agriculture and no till farming. The publication is the host of the National No-Tillage Conference and offers a detailed guide on how to start your no till journey.

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The Farm Journal Magazine offers sensible information on livestock, crops and general agriculture for farmers. They pride themselves on being a “business publication for farmers” and offer plenty of good advice.

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If all this talk about cookies has you feeling hungry, check out this recipe for Date Cookies using Tenera Grains’ own teff flour!