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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.

Darby Springs Farm

Darby Springs Farm

Ceresco, NE

Darby Springs Farm is a small beginning farm owned and operated by William & Crystal Powers along with their two boys, Aiden (4) and Liam (2). We raise pastured dairy, eggs, and chicken along the saline wetlands of Eastern Nebraska. We holistically graze on 18 acres of pasture and wet meadows. Two acres around the home has been planted with a variety of fruits, nuts, herbs, and pollinator plants. 20 acres of the farm are saline wetlands that have a beautiful array of wildlife and native plants. We grew up on farms, but started from scratch with this farm having very little infrastructure. Our focus has been on learning and building each year. This year we have 150 laying hens, 300 meat chickens, four Guernsey dairy cows, and a beef calf. This summer we plan to build an on-farm creamery so that we can grow the dairy herd to about 20-30 cows, allowing us to be supported more fully by the farm. We will be making ice cream using our eggs and milk, dulce de leche (milk caramel), and kefir smoothies. Added fruits, nuts, and herbs will be sourced on-farm and locally, highlighting the flavor of the region. Other ingredients will be organic and fair trade certified.

Bearly Hyde N' Cabin Farm

Bearly Hyde N' Cabin Farm

Theresa, NY

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.

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