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.
Marlow Farms was started over 50 years ago, when my great grandfather traded his small general store for a herd of Hereford cattle. Since then the farm has seen good years and bad, and time has taken its toll. 18 years ago, the farm began to transistion to my parents and my sisters, and we're endeavoring to bring it back to its former glory. We started a pumpkin patch, and we're working on adding goats for quality meat and cheese products. In addition, we're laying the groundwork for a farmer's market stand.
We are a small, 2 acre chicken farm located in Northern New York State, just a few miles from the Canadian border, operated by myself and my husband. We currently have 70 laying hens that give us enough eggs to sell to the community, and we have just started to raise specialty chickens so that we can offer chicks as well (both Polish and Silkie). We are just adding Bourbon turkeys to our farm in hopes to raise turkeys in 2017.
Two years ago we moved from a dusty, rented 5 acres in Sonoma County, California to a 56.18 acre farm located in the Helderberg Mountains in Upstate New York. Not only did we move across the US, we moved 65 sheep as well as other livestock with us! It was quite the move... to say the least! This perfect location at 1400 feet gives our flock of over 100 White Dorper Sheep a perfect view of the Catskills and access to an artesian fed spring as well as an abundance of lush meadow grasses and legumes. Our family farm is also home to a sizable flock of laying hens, a large garden, and our three Anatolian Shepherds. These gorgeous rescued dogs guard the ewes and lambs from the coyotes in our hills who are always on the lookout for an easy meal! We are also a proud WWOOF host (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and host eager farming students from around the world! At this current moment we have Norway, Switzerland, the UK, California, and Pennsylvania represented on our farm! We love hosting and find the symbiotic exchange of ideas, labour, and passion exhilarating. As well, our neighbors and the small town of Berne realizes the effects of our guests as we all help on other farms as well! It really shows the impact of teamwork and creates memories that last a lifetime! Also, we get the hay in on time! :) One of our past WWOOF'ers loved it so much that she is now the farm's garden manager and is staying on full-time.