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.
Green Dirt Farm is a 150 Acre grass based sheep dairy that creates a variety of sheep milk dairy products; including soft ripened and hard cheeses, and yogurt. We use milk from our own Animal Welfare Approved ewe flock and we also source additional sheep's milk from other nearby Animal Welfare Approved small family farms. We have 10 full time employees and a number of seasonal employees. Sarah Hoffmann runs the cheese making side of the business and her daughter Eliza runs the farm side of the business.
Bill Zimmer's Food Bank Farm is a 3 acre operation located 15 minutes outside of Penn State University's campus. What started with one mans post-retirement garden, revolutionized our communities food systems by involving Penn State student volunteers and community members to produce the fresh fruits and veggies that were so desperately needed by the food banks of Centre County.
We are a small, 2 acre chicken farm located in Northern New York State, just a few miles from the Canadian border, operated by myself and my husband. We currently have 70 laying hens that give us enough eggs to sell to the community, and we have just started to raise specialty chickens so that we can offer chicks as well (both Polish and Silkie). We are just adding Bourbon turkeys to our farm in hopes to raise turkeys in 2017.