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.
GrassRoots Meats, located in southern Colorado, provides all natural pasture finished beef and lamb, as well as organic free range chicken, raised without added hormones or antibiotics. Our cattle and sheep are 100% grass fed and grass finished (never any grain), and are on pasture from the day they are born to the day they are taken to the processor, a small family owned USDA plant, where they are processed in a very humane fashion. Although we only own 115 acres, we lease about 1500 acres of land in the Texas/Oklahoma panhandle, where most of our cows stay year round. We bring our yearlings to southern Colorado each year, where we lease another 1500 acres, to finish on the lush green high mountain grasses. We presently have about 130 mama cows, and the ranching operation is managed by family members (father, mother, daughter and 4 grandchildren) and one full time employee.
Sheepscot General Store & Farm is situated on 56 acres of open fields in the Sheepscot River Valley. The enterprise consists of a general store, cafe, farm, and community space. Our store carries goods from many local producers. What started with Taryn and Ben leasing the farm five years ago has grown into a successful business made up of ten employees. We are now paying the mortgage and taking our business in new directions. Currently we grow three acres of strawberries, three acres of mixed produce, a couple acres of apple trees, co-manage a sugar bush, cut about 60 acres of hay, and graze some of the neighbors' sheep and dairy cows. The store is open six days a week year around.
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.