Lisa Henderson-Smith Family
The roots of this farm are on the plains of north central South Dakota, where Lisa grew up on a diversified crop and livestock operation started by her grandparents in the 1930s. In 1994, after moving to Pipestone County, Lisa raised four children who have had active roles in the business. For 23 years the family has operated a produce business called Prairies Past, marketing all products locally.
The farm consists of one and a half acres of gardens plus a cold-climate greenhouse for the production of greens during the winter months. The wide variety of produce is grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Sustainable practices include crop rotations, cover crops and providing habitat for beneficial birds and insects. The farm’s produce is direct marketed to customers of the Pipestone Farmer’s Market from June through October, through the farm-to-school program and Dakota Fresh LLC, a local food hub.
Lisa’s children, Joni, Will, Katie and Erin, all have worked cooperatively on the farm, taking care of planting, weeding, harvesting and marketing.
The family volunteers and participates in Pipestone County 4-H. Lisa is an adult volunteer and former 4-H club leader. The family are members of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Minnesota Grown and the Land Stewardship Project. Lisa also serves as president of Pipestone Farmer’s Market Vendors, as treasurer of Dakota Fresh and serves on the board of directors for Progress, an agency that employs adults with disabilities.