Updated: May 10, 2021
What was the transformational trigger for Deanna and Kelly Lozensky? What catapulted this North Dakota family to adopt a whole health view of their world and adopt best practices of regenerative soil and farm management on their 4th generation farm?
“We are healing the soil so that we may grow, harvest and offer real, clean and nutrient-dense foods, Kelly concludes. “We are grateful and proud of the food we put on our plate. Are you?” - Kelly and DeAnna Lozensky
Simply put, the family was working long hours producing grain as had been done for decades. The demands of the farm were increasingly robbing time from their young family. Kelly was in an endless circle of seeding, spreading herbicides, pesticides, surveying and harvesting. “I had to take video of the major events in our baby’s developments and send it to my husband who was out on his tractor,” said DeAnna. “We finally stepped back and said, isn’t there a better way?” They started with researching how to work with nature, not against it. DeAnna explains, “We both had a curiosity about how nature worked and it was the turning point for our family and for our business. "
Kelly and DeAnna researched regenerative practices and began the process of converting their farm.
What does that mean? It meant a complete transformation of their 2,600-acre farm and the way they do business. Tillage breaks down the fungal network in the soil which is essential for raising fully self-sustaining plants. They apply no fertilizers, organic or synthetic. They apply no seed treatments (normally chemicals to prevent disease), use no genetically modified organism (GMO). They apply no insecticides or fungicides or use any pre-harvest desiccant (application pre-harvest to kill leaves and plants for easier harvest – frequently a known carcinogen.) Kelly is resolute and emphasizes their regenerative farm practice, “Soil health is at the forefront of our operation, which means no tillage.”
What do they find are their metrics of this transformation?
The most obvious to them is the significantly reduced time they spend on caring for sick fields. They no longer have to go over and over the fields endlessly fixing what was caused by the previous treatment (s). That translates to more time with family and more time on supporting the healthiest soil systems, as well as the healthiest grains supporting the healthiest gut systems.
Today, wholesale buyers throughout the nation are able to tap Guardian Grains to source hard red spring wheat, golden flax, yellow mustard, heritage grains: Einkorn, Rouge De Bordeaux Wheat and Egyptian hulless barley all grown using regenerative practices for the 2021 growing season.
The buyer knows their grain, the practiced methods, the soil health and the growers.
Wholesale buyers now have the opportunity to buy grain, often custom ordered pre-season from a regenerative farm. Restaurants, coops, bakeries and other distributors have a unique grain that they can mill at their own sites, as needed. The result is a healthier and tastier product by reducing and eliminating oxidation of the milled product. DeAnna says, “Bakeries can now specify their grain from our regenerative farm knowing it is the healthiest possible product and utilize it in their unique recipes. These businesses recognize that sourcing from soil caretakers (like Kelly and DeAnna of Guardian Grains), they are truly getting the very best products and clearly distinguishing themselves from their competition. Beyond that, they are excited to be engaged in a movement of a healthier planet by way of their purchase and share this with their customers.”
The reduced the intensity of work on the field has had a direct correlation to their improved quality of life. Beyond having time to walk together on the farm, they are finding the time to build their wholesale, direct-to-market business and develop deeper relationships with their customers. “We are using our newly found time to study and improve regenerative practices, source unique seeds for future plantings and learn the wants and needs of wholesale grain buyers of all size.”, discloses DeAnna.
“We are healing the soil so that we may grow, harvest and offer real, clean and nutrient-dense foods, Kelly concludes. “We are grateful and proud of the food we put on our plate. Are you?”