The Family that Farms Together...
Innovation, common sense, and hard work have contributed to Michael Farms’ success in providing nutritious, safe, and quality fresh vegetables throughout Ohio and surrounding areas for more than 50 years. Michael’s was the first farm in Ohio to install a center pivot irrigation system in 1965. And what started as a small potato farm on 130 acres has grown to be the largest vegetable farm in the state encompassing nearly 3000 acres.
Brothers Scott, Todd, and Kurt added sweet corn, snap beans, and cabbage to the farm's production in the early 1970s. All three brothers hold Agriculture Production Degrees from the Ohio State University and maintain a close working relationship. In 1985 Beth (Michael) Harrigan and her husband Jody joined her parents, Doug and Phyllis, and her brothers to make it a complete family affair. Ten grandchildren, ranging in ages from 18 to 30, are preparing to be the next generation of family farmers.
Michael Farms employs 25 full-time and as many as 120 seasonal workers during the harvest season. Dedicated to family values, their employees, and their community, Michael’s continues to prosper and excel in their field. The Michael family received the Champaign County Farm Family of the Year, the EPA’s Environmental Stewardship Award for leadership in agricultural production in 1998, and American Vegetable Grower’s National Grower Achievement Award in 2003. The family has been very active in local, state, and national commodity and civic organizations. Michael Farms combine years of vegetable growing experience with today’s newest farming technology to meet the demands of modern business.