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Flint Ingredient Company

Flint Ingredient Company

Flint , MI

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.

Morning Sun Farms

Morning Sun Farms

Frederic, WI

Our farm consists of 40 mostly wooded acres situated in beautiful N.W. Wisconsin. We grow using organic, humane and sustainable practices, and are CNG certified. CNG (http://www.cngfarming.org) is a grassroots counterpart to the national organic program. Our farm is very diverse. Our main crop, micro-greens, is grown hydroponically, year-round, in our greenhouse. We provide these specialty greens to approximately 45 grocery stores, co-ops, and restaurants primarily in the Mpls./St Paul area. Our system is set up to eventually convert to an aquaponic system that will have potential to produce about 4,500 tilapia per year. Additionally, we raise about 450 broiler chickens and 50 egg laying chickens each year. This year we added 1 beef cow to the mix. We tap approximately 200 trees for maple syrup production, care for 100 shitake mushroom logs, and grow fruit and produce for 2 farmers markets. We are able to provide extended season produce with the help of our 30x72' high tunnel. We manage all of this with the help of the "A team", our 2 teenage daughters Hannah and Abby, 4 part time employees Barb, Jake, Colton and Heidi, and our fearless watchdog Jessie, along with friends and family that volunteer at critical times.

Bull Moose Produce Farm

Bull Moose Produce Farm

Little Falls, NY

It is a 20 acre produce farm. We have chickens and goats and serve our local farmers markets. we have been through the ups and downs of farming. with our first farm that we had we spent a lot of money and effort only to have family take the farm property away. many of our competators told us that we would never come back from this and that we should give up but we did not listen to them. we listened not only to our hearts ,but to our customers who begged us to come back. in 2013 we bought our current farm which needs a ton of TLC. we tried to save the historic barn that was on the property but we had to tear it down and will have to rebuild it

Oxbow Farm

Oxbow Farm

Erin, NY

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.

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