About Engelhard Family Farms
Engelhard Family Farms, LLC is owned and operated by Nathan and Amy Engelhard, in Unionville, Michigan. We raise organic dry beans including Black beans, White Kidney (Canneillini) beans, Adzuki beans, Pinto beans, Cranberry beans, Small Red Kidney beans, and Navy beans. In addition to the dry bean operation, we also produce organic corn, wheat and food grade soybeans.
Lavern and Betty Engelhard were the third generation and owned and operated until 2010. Over their career, they transitioned a milking operation to strictly a cash crop operation raising corn, wheat, dry beans, and sugar beets. They had two children, Dennis and Annette.
Dennis joined the operation in 1978 after high school. He married Cindy in 1982 and they had three children; Marissa, Nathan, and Kayla. Dennis grew the farm to a large conventional farm and in 2002 decided to transition to organic farming. Transitioning from conventional to organic was not an overnight process for him. He transitioned 80 acres at a time and learned new procedures and benefits along the way.
In 2009, Nathan joined the operation and helped to grow the amount of acres that has allowed the family to flourish. He has spent a lot of time mastering new techniques and improving yields. Nathan and Amy were married on September 12, 2015 and are proud to continue the fifth generation farm. They welcomed a son, Lawson, on September 4, 2016 and a daughter, Jordana, on April 14, 2018. They officially took the reins over in July 2018.
Throughout the years they have had a deep devotion and commitment to their family, their farm, the agricultural community, and to their Lord.
Our vision is to farm organically and produce the specialty crops that our customers want. We look to build up the soils with world class fertilizers and compost, with custom blends and custom applications to every field we can allow for changes in soil and conditions. We look to produce the most out of every acre like it is our only acre.
Nathan and Amy Engelhard on their wedding day, 9/12/15 at the farm.
Environment & Sustainability
We are proud to be Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) verified since 2013 in both the Farmstead and Cropping System. The Farmstead System addresses environmental risks of the entire farmstead, from safe handling of fuels to the proper storage of pesticides. It focuses primarily on protecting surface and ground water. The Cropping System is applicable to all crops grown in Michigan, including field crops and vegetables, fruit orchards, greenhouses crops and ornamental trees.
MAEAP provides a structure under which Michigan farmers can be assured they are effectively following approved MAEAP standards. These standards include inspecting practices that are consistent with the identified Right to Farm Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs) . Through MAEAP, farmers show that they are working to comply with state and federal environmental laws specific to each system of the program.
Pictured above: Nathan stands proudly next to the MAEAP sign, located next to the grain bins on M-25. The process to become MAEAP verified was completed in six months, much faster than the normal 2 year period.