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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.

Aravaipa Creekside Growers

Aravaipa Creekside Growers

Dudleyville, AZ

We are a small-scale diversified farm located on the banks of Aravaipa Creek, about an hour north of Tucson, AZ. We have 5 acres with about 1.5 acres in cultivation. We grow oyster and shiitake mushrooms, seasonal vegetables and flowers. We use mostly hand tools and a walking tractor to keep costs low and intensively manage our small space. Right now it is only my partner and I maintaining the farm with some help of volunteers.

Black Pearl Creamery

Black Pearl Creamery

Trumansburg, NY

Black Pearl Creamery is a small sheep dairy located in Trumansburg, NY and owned and operated by Lauren and Kevin McKinzey, and their 2 children. We raise our flock of East Friesian sheep with great care and affection to ensure the health and happiness of our animals and their production of fresh, high quality milk. Our flock is 100% grass-fed on pasture and hay. Our ewes are milked seasonally, only when they are on pasture, to produce a rich, creamy milk, which we process by hand in small batches into whole milk yogurt sold in glass jars.

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