The core of our culture.
Our mission includes supporting local farmers that work the fields and form the backbone of agri-food security. We're working tirelessly with local farmers and family businesses who share our vision for creating a brighter future. The impact is two-fold: nutritious, delicious products and sustainable thriving businesses here in our own backyard.
Our biggest desire is to create products packed full of goodness so that you, our customer, can tap into your inherent goodness and expand the beauty in this world.
We believe in sowing seeds of goodness in all that we do, which is why we are proud to partner with buckwheat farmers in Manitoba.
The legacies of these Canadian farms have been passed down through several generations, keeping the buckwheat farming tradition alive through hard work and harvested love for nourishing the world with quality ingredients.
WHY FARMERS LOVE BUCKWHEAT
Buckwheat belongs to a group of foods commonly called pseudocereals. Pseudocereals are seeds that are consumed as cereal grains but don’t grow on grasses. Other common pseudocereals include quinoa and amaranth. Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and is gluten-free.
Compared to oats and other crops, buckwheat prefers drier conditions and needs less water to grow. Buckwheat is easy to grow, and is much more resistant to frost than canola. It will survive a fall frost as long as the seed pods have at least partially developed, compared to canola which is not salvageable in its early stages.
Buckwheat grows quickly in its first stages, and it will outgrow weeds, creating a canopy with its leaves which deprives them of photosynthesis. For this reason, buckwheat naturally mitigates weeds and does not require herbicides.
What's more, buckwheat can access the soil's phosphates that most other plants are unable to obtain. When used as a cover crop for weed suppression and green manure (plowed down rather than harvested, to enrich the soil), it makes these phosphates accessible to the following crop as the buckwheat plant and roots decompose.
Buckwheat does not carry any known diseases, so it does not require fungicides or insecticides. It can be grown back to back without the fear of infection, unlike other crops.
This plant can serve as a bridge to transition farmers to more regenerative practices by decreasing their chemical inputs and working with nature, rather than against it.
Buckwheat farmers and local apiaries work in tandem. Buckwheat requires bees for pollination, and bees love buckwheat! Buckwheat is a favourable crop. Unlike oats, canola and other crops it does not require glyphosate or neonicotinoids (i.e. Round-Up and other chemicals). These chemicals are detrimental to the lives of bees and other pollinators. Buckwheat is bee friendly. Beekeepers love buckwheat as it helps to preserve and expand their bee population.
Saint Michael Foods (SMF) is a bold statement that there is good in this world. There is good in everyone. We (SMF) are here to enable this goodness through our delicious, beautiful BUCK products and our beautiful way of being. We help regenerate the earth, regenerate your body, and create opportunities for joy.
Our goodness reaches every corner of this world through our products and our way of being. We are a sustainable, profitable company that rewards employees and gives back in meaningful ways. We align and support the strength of our partners, employees, suppliers and ecosystem.
BELIEF IN OUR PRODUCT
We are mindful and conscientious in providing healthy foods and beverages to our customers. We diligently believe in give back to our environment and ecosystem within which we operate. We truly care about improving life for people through our nutritious products and give back culture.
GOT YOUR BACK
We got your back! We use "mistakes" as learning and growth moments. We come together and collaborate on challenges. We are inclusive, sincere and have grace for each other.
We love having fun. We love our employees being fulfilled in what they do. We create environments for excitement and inclusivity where our employees feel energized and eager to contribute to something great. We nourish and support enjoyment and well-being.
BOLD AND MINDFUL
We are bold in standing in what we believe will bear fruit. We see and believe in potential and find creative ways to enable potential to become reality. We enable people's passion in what they love to do. We mindfully focus on how our employees, suppliers and partners take action that are for the betterment of everyone.
We are aligned to the above core values and principals. As leaders we know that it starts with us. We know thinking and creating clarity is a meaningful activity so we can all row in the same direction.