Kathleen Batalden Smith and Justin Smith, September 18, 2012
Smiling Tree Toys began in 2010 when Kathleen and Justin returned to the U.S. after serving two years with the Peace Corps in Niger. After living in a small, strongly-knit community in West Africa, they wanted the same for their new home in the U.S. They returned to Kathleen’s family roots in rural southwestern Minnesota, where Justin enjoys the prairie views from his woodshop window, and Kathleen is happy to return to the wide open spaces of her childhood. The Batalden family farm is a self-sufficient, sustainable, organic family farm that offers healthy cooking oil in the form of Omega Maiden camelina: a heart-healthy Omega-3 supplement.