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.
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.
The Branch Road Farm is a diversified organic and biodynamic farm on 73 acres in the South Willamette Valley, just outside of Cottage Grove, OR. Here at the farm, we are committed to our vision of embracing the root meaning of agriculture: a haven of cultural activity, social and artistic life as well as food production; all in a day and age when food security and building mutually supportive relationships within our communities is essential. We run a Kids and Teens Farm to Table Cooking Class Series, where students in this Farm Food Program gain a better understanding of what food is through harvesting the ingredients themselves, then learning from local chefs how to prepare it in our licensed farm kitchen. Through teaching our youth both where their food comes from and how they can grow and prepare it, we empower them to become more self-reliant in providing food and possibly income for themselves and their families. We also have adult classes on everything from cheese making to sustainable animal husbandry. We raise crops on 2 acres, have a 30 head commercial goat dairy herd, a commercial meat sheep herd and the fun livestock guardian dogs and donkeys. We also make value-added products such as sauerkraut and other ferments, cheese and pesto. We are a family farm of 4 plus 1 employee.
Corvus Landing Farm is located at the Oregon coast. We grow high quality vegetables that we distribute locally through a 60 member CSA, farmers markets, and an on site farm stand. The farm started in 2010 with 1 acre of rented land and an intention to eventually increase in size to 4 acres. It has been steadily growing since. In 2014 we bought the property adjacent to our leased land, and this year we've added 1.5 acres of production, which will soon include berries and tree fruit.
We use all natural methods to preserve and protect the health of our land and our neighbors. We specialize in crops that do well in our cool coast climate and use hoop houses to increase our variety. In the spring, we grow and sell vegetable starts specialized for organic gardens in our unique coastal climate.