Mark and Suzanne Schmiesing
Mark and Suzanne started out by crop farming the 80 acres they live on, in addition to finishing pigs with their parents. The Schmiesings put up their first greenhouse and began growing vegetables and flowers for their family while still working full-time jobs. After 10 years, Mark began to farm more acres full time and took over the hog business. The family expanded its greenhouse operation to three greenhouses. Soon after, Suzanne also started to work on the farm full time growing plants and designing wedding flowers.
The Schmiesings grow corn and soybeans and they also raise a few head of hogs and beef cattle for their family. They raise chickens for eggs and run their greenhouses. The family business designs wedding, funeral and special occasion floral arrangements.
Mark heads up crop farming and livestock management. He also maintains the greenhouse equipment. Suzanne is the head greenhouse grower and operations manager. She helps with livestock and harvest. The couple's son Isaac is a full-time mechanic at Kruse Motors and farms with his parents. The Schmiesings’ son Alex graduated from high school this year, helps with greenhouse maintenance and uses his woodworking skills to make gifts to sell in the greenhouse. Mark and Suzanne’s daughters, Emily and Annika, stay busy working in the greenhouse, running the grain cart at harvest and dealing with customers.
The family offers greenhouse classes for adults and children and anyone looking to learn more about horticulture.
The family’s church and faith are very important to them. They lead the Wabasso Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Wabasso High School and serve in a variety of ways at their church. The Schmiesing children participate in mission trips, handling technical aspects of livestream church events and providing music during services.