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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.

Country Roots Farm VA

Country Roots Farm VA

Wytheville, VA

Country Roots Farm is a small 62 acre family farm that is located in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. We are a family of 6, working together to leave a story for future generations. Our little slice of heaven is home to dairy goats, Hereford cattle, chickens, honeybees, and several farm dogs & cats.

Darby Springs Farm

Darby Springs Farm

Ceresco, NE

Darby Springs Farm is a small beginning farm owned and operated by William & Crystal Powers along with their two boys, Aiden (4) and Liam (2). We raise pastured dairy, eggs, and chicken along the saline wetlands of Eastern Nebraska. We holistically graze on 18 acres of pasture and wet meadows. Two acres around the home has been planted with a variety of fruits, nuts, herbs, and pollinator plants. 20 acres of the farm are saline wetlands that have a beautiful array of wildlife and native plants. We grew up on farms, but started from scratch with this farm having very little infrastructure. Our focus has been on learning and building each year. This year we have 150 laying hens, 300 meat chickens, four Guernsey dairy cows, and a beef calf. This summer we plan to build an on-farm creamery so that we can grow the dairy herd to about 20-30 cows, allowing us to be supported more fully by the farm. We will be making ice cream using our eggs and milk, dulce de leche (milk caramel), and kefir smoothies. Added fruits, nuts, and herbs will be sourced on-farm and locally, highlighting the flavor of the region. Other ingredients will be organic and fair trade certified.

Laughing Child Farm

Laughing Child Farm

Pawlet, VT

Laughing Child Farm is a fast-growing organic farm specializing in growing sweet potatoes. Located in the Mettowee River Valley, one of Vermont’s warmest places, our farm has the right climate, the right soils, and has the right community to help us grow the best sweet potatoes. In fact, with 10 acres in production, we are Vermont’s largest sweet potato producer and our product can be found throughout Vermont and New York. Laughing Child Farm is owned and operated by Timothy and Brooke Hughes-Muse and kept sane by our four giggling girls. Timothy manages the field operations for Laughing Child Farm and Brooke manages the packinghouse and sales for Laughing Child Farm. Laughing Child Farm has been growing sweet potatoes since 2012, and Timothy and Brooke have been growing on commercial farms for 15 years.

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