Know Your Farmer

In Detroit, Collaboration is Key for Farm and Food Businesses’ Success

Last spring, when lockdown measures were in place and trips to the grocery store were fraught, Detroit farm and food businesses stepped in to offer an alternative. “Covid changed everything,” remembers Molly Hubbell, co-owner of Ambassador Fridge farm in Detroit’s North End neighborhood. “There was a real issue with [fresh food] supply in the city. […]

Know your Farmer: Heartwood Forest Farm

Nestled in the Leelanau Peninsula, Heartwood Forest Farm is a woman owned and operated USDA Certified Organic farm. With two acres of land dedicated to the pollinators who make the farm possible, Patti Travioli is the farm owner, home herbalist, and horticulturist who carefully tends over acres of herbs, vegetables, and beautiful flowers.  From Anise […]

Farming While Black in West MI: Groundswell Community Farm

Groundswell Community Farm in Zeeland is planting a new seed in the West Michigan farming community. BruceMichael Wilson is a Black and Native farmer who took over Groundswell Farm from its previous owners in July 2019 and started a mid-season CSA. Even though his first full season occurred with the onslaught of the pandemic in […]

Why Should your Farm be Certified Naturally Grown?

No GMOs, no pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers and a strong commitment to the natural world. Does this sound like your farm? Then you could be eligible to become Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). This certification is specifically designed for farmers who grow food for their local communities by working in harmony with nature, and covers produce, […]

A True Farm to Doorstep CSA: Dancing Meadows Homestead

Close to the St. Clair river and spotted with idyllic campsites, the Dancing Meadows Homestead began when Martin and Melodee Beals left corporate life in favor of bringing fresh, affordable food to the people of Southeast Michigan. Now, they run a pesticide, synthetic chemical and GMO free farm, which is reaching their community with a […]

Grow with Us: Fisheye Farms

Nestled in the Core City neighborhood of Detroit, Andy Chae and Amy Eckert of Fisheye Farms operate a bountiful urban farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and farm stand. After spending several months working on an organic farm in Brazil in 2014, the owners returned to Detroit to start their own farm. They began with […]

New Year, New Business Structure: The Green Things Farm Collective

If you’re a Local Food Enthusiast, you’re aware that farming is a tough business. There are unpredictable factors beyond human control (think weather and climate change), land access challenges, labor issues, and not enough hours in the day to wear all the business hats (planning, production, quality control, marketing, sales, logistics, etc.). Recognizing that sharing […]