Jonathan Scheel is reviving local grain systems from seeding to eating (and drinking) in partnership with area farms and businesses. Come see a newly restored and installed 1913 belt driven Meadows Mill and sifting equipment in action and consider taking home some fresh stone-ground flour for your next kitchen project. Scheel Family Farm grows wheat, rye and other small grains on 40 leased acres for bakery and distilleries in Northern Michigan.
Jonathan Scheel was raised on a small commodity farm in east central Minnesota and is a 4th generation farmer. Realizing that he would likely end up managing a corporate farm through his agricultural studies in college, he left the university and made a career in construction. Over the next 30 years Jonathan had large gardens, chickens, worked with community gardens but didn’t farm. In 2011 he brought his family tractors to Petoskey, Michigan and started purchasing equipment to plant, harvest, clean and mill small grains. By connecting to the local food networks when he moved to the Petoskey area, Jonathan met numerous contacts including Greg Carpenter owner of Crooked Tree Breadworks and Brian Bates co-owner of Bear Creek Organic Farm. Jonathan currently produces grain and flour for Crooked Tree Breadworks and he utilizes 8 acres of certified organic land at Bear Creek Organic Farm.