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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.

Branch Road Farm

Branch Road Farm

Cottage Grove, OR

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.

Oak Ridge Farms

Oak Ridge Farms

Zebulon, NC

Welcome to Oak Ridge Farms! We are a 34 acre farm passionate about making a big change in local foods. We are located in Zebulon, NC and our products include pastured based chicken, turkey, duck, pork, eggs, and soon local raw honey.

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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