Todd and Loretta currently own and operate Walnut-Vu Farm located in Webberville, MI. They are the sixth generation to live and work the families centennial farm since 1838. The couple bought the farm from Todd's parents, Bob and Joyce Benjamin in 1998. At that time the farm was home to 200 Holstein milking cows. Breeding registered Holsteins was a passion for Todd. The herd won numerous production records, as well as show records. Their children, Dan and Cassie, worked on the farm throughout their childhood and excelled at dairy showmanship. At it's prime, Walnut-Vu Farm won first and second place in the 2003 Michigan Holstein Association Futurity. It was later that year that Todd and Loretta sold the dairy herd in search of new adventures. Dairy farming is hard on your body and their bodies were failing them.
In 2006 Todd and Loretta, along with their daughter Cassie, started TLC Corn. TLC Corn processes and delivers corn for home heat. They designed a polyethylene bin that holds about 2400 pounds of corn. These bins are leased to over 100 customers and filled throughout the winter. This vertically integrated business allowed for Todd to remain full time on the farm.
In 2015 Todd and Loretta started Nature's Flame, a corn/pellet stove business. The business selles stoves, parts, service and pellets to customers who are looking for an alternative heat source. This business is located on the farm which allows for Loretta to remain on the farm full time.
As the years have progressed so has the amount of land they farm. The one thing that remained constant over the years has been the raising of Holsteins. Todd and Loretta began raising Holstein steers almost immediately after selling the milking herd in 2003. They raised 4-6 steers a year for their own use as well as selling whole, half or quarters to friends and family. In the summer of 2018, the family developed a plan to raise 30+ steers and start a business raising and selling beef on a larger scale.
The Benjamins are truly blessed to have the continued support of their extended family as well. All of whom share the pride of the family legacy and want to see the farm continue and thrive for many generations to come.