Flint Ingredient Company started four years ago with the purchase of 9.75 acres of vacant County Land Bank property. We started selling our produce at the Flint Farmers Market a year round market. Flint Ingredient Company began with a flock of 20 chickens, 6 sheep and vegetable production in a 48 ft hoophouse. We now focus primarily on vegetable production in four hoophouses and outdoor fields producing product year round on 1.5 acres. Franklin Pleasant and Erin Caudell are the primary operators with several part-time staff joining during peak season. In December of 2015, we opened a Michigan focused grocery store named The Local Grocer where we stock our produce. Later this summer will add a mobile vegetable market (with other community partners) to bring fresh local produce into the neighborhoods of Flint.
Oxbow Farm is a family farm, owned and operated by first generation farmers, Tim and Noelia Springston. We currently grow on approximately 2.5 acres with the potential to expand our field production to 15 acres. Our produce is grown without the use of any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides and we sell directly to our local community through a year-round farmers’ market in Ithaca, NY.
Teaching Farm: offering free workshops to teach organic and sustainable ways to merge tree, shrub and understory growth. This farm will benefit people and wildlife for literally hundreds of years to come. PICTURE of the 4 year old GIRL who is standing by a 3 year old PECAN TREE - really stresses how a nut orchard is a labor of love toward the next generation - such as my niece here standing by our first northern hardy pecan tree. (nut trees mature very slowly) Family operated, 7 acres, hire local teens for tasks, 15 heritage breed chickens, 3 show chickens, farm collie 24/7 worker - organic and sustainable practices.
On this land since the early 1800's has been Spring Meadows Farm. First it was sheep, tobacco, and water powered grist and lumber mills. Then it became a small dairy. By the 1930 modern farming had put it out of business and declared the wet low land an the hilly up land making up the farm to be of no value. Today using a traditional approach of pasturing, manure for fertilizing the small amount of tillable land, milk from a small dairy herd instead of soy for raising pigs and chickens, and oxen for power high quality food is being produced for local enjoyment, health, and economic benefit.