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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.

Phoenix Farm

Phoenix Farm

Brandon, VT

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.

Wheeler Farm

Wheeler Farm

Penrose, CO

2.5 acres farmed by our family of 4. We raise produce in a half acre intensively planted garden, have 10 heritage breed pigs, 5 dairy goats, about 85 hens and pastured broiler chickens and turkeys.

God's Whisper Farm

God's Whisper Farm

Radiant, VA

We are a 15-acre farm located just south of the DC Metro area. Here, we have a eighth-acre vegetable garden that will expand considerably with an addition of a high tunnel this fall. We also have 6 goats - 2 Nigerian dwarf, 2 cashmere, and 2 fainting, and we will be breeding them this fall for winter births with the intention of selling some of the kids and seeing if we can sustain milking for soap and lotion. We also have 21 heritage-breed hens and 1 ornery rooster named Xander. Xander keeps the girls safe, and they, in turn, give us beautiful brown, white, and green eggs. At present, we make our income from a small pay-what-you-will farm stand at the end of our lane, and in that stand, we also run a Little Free Library. Additionally, we sell our goats' cashmere and have a bunk room in our barn that is available as a retreat space for writers. The two of us, Andi and Philip, do all the work to run the farm, and occasionally, our parents - Mary Lou, Galen, Woody, and Adrienne - help us with major projects, like completing the bunk room and bathroom in our barn and putting up fencing. We do not hire any help at this point.

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