Schacht Family Farm--A Small Farm in a Big Community

Date: January 27, 2016 Last Edit: February 17, 2016

Lisa and David Schact are fourth generation farmers from
Canal Winchester. Their family has farmed in Central Ohio since the 1870’s. In
1981 they became a direct to consumer provider and then opened a retail market
at the business that developed into a fall family experience for patrons in the
Fall harvest season focusing on providing their customers with pumpkins,
potatoes, squash, apples, cider and fun fall decorations.  Customers of the Schacht Family Farm take
comfort in knowing their food comes from trusted local farmers.

Serving mainly the central Ohio market, the farm has
developed a reputation for quality produce and grain among local grocers as
well and they offer 35 crops and work year round. Not only does the Schact
family operate a full scale grain operation on 200 acres, but they also serve
as contract growers for wholesale clients to supplement their 65 acre fruit and
vegetable plot. More information on the market can be found at

A big issue for the family business is planning and
operations as they have moved through different stages of their business’
life.  Lisa and Dave hire 10-12 seasonal
employees each year, so they look to NFIB to support their interests in labor,
workers compensation and unemployment issues. Regarding her membership with
NFIB, Lisa says, “I think it’s the shared values of the membership that keeps
me involved with NFIB. We get to learn from each other and share with each
other in the policy arena.” As an aspiring legislator herself, Lisa hopes NFIB
can encourage state and federal legislation to reduce the tax burden on small
business owners. Lisa is a regular attendee at the NFIB Southeast Central Ohio
Area Action Council meetings in Reynoldsburg.

In 2016 Lisa hopes to win the Republican primary for Ohio
House District 20. The 2013 Ohio Agriculture Woman of the Year says she hopes
to have a positive impact on a district serving a community “with every
demographic from urban to rural and every industry from military to agriculture
and beyond.” For more information on Lisa’s campaign, please visit

Lisa has enjoyed their family farm, saying, “Agriculture is
an industry that takes small inputs and creates new wealth and products.” Being
a small business owner, despite all of the pressures that come with it allows
their family “the opportunity to live up to your greatest potential, and only
be limited by your own choices.”

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