Kyle & Sheri Glazier, Glazier Farms, Loyal, Okla.

An hour and a half north of Oklahoma City, Sheri Glazier, MS, RDN/LD, serves her family of four nutrient-dense dinners featuring beef from the farm where she and her husband, Kyle, who is also a fourth generation Oklahoma farmer, raise wheat and cattle. While Sheri takes the lead on most meal preparation, she capitalizes on her time in the grocery store and kitchen as an opportunity to connect online with those who are increasingly interested in ground zero of the food supply chain.

Their 1974 farm house, which is the farmhouse where Kyle was raised, may look a little different thanks to a renovation before they made that old farm house their own, is built on a solid foundation much like the farmland where they work as full-time farmers.

Sustainability and regenerative agriculture are intertwined into the Glaziers’ daily operations. Simply, if previous generations hadn’t already set a precedent of caring for the land, livestock, water, community, and family there wouldn’t be a farm to pass on to the next generation.

Oklahoma’s rich farming history has paved a foundation ensuring that sustainable, animal-first strategies drive decisions for the varieties of sesame, milo, alfalfa, hay, wheat, and cover crops planted on Glazier Farms. All crops must not only be drought tolerant, but also complementary to the cattle’s nutrition program.

Minimal-till farming practices prioritize soil structure, minimize erosion, while reducing fuel, labor, and equipment costs; however, it does leave room for tilling practices when it is beneficial to the overall sustainability program.

With a bachelor of science in agricultural sciences and natural resources, Kyle has the opportunity to layer his traditional education with his cumulative generational farming experiences to structure the farm program in a way that is only only environmentally-friendly, but also scientifically sound.

Like all young parents, Kyle and Sheri juggle full schedules while prioritizing their family. While, yes, farming is a business, it’s structured in a way that affords the opportunity for the Glaziers to spend high-quality time with the fifth generation of farmers to grow up on their Loyal, Okla. farm.