Establishing a Regional Community Food Project in Rural Northeast Michigan

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $18,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Coordinator:

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: barley, oats, potatoes, rye, sunflower
  • Vegetables: beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, celery, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), leeks, onions, peas (culinary), peppers, radishes (culinary), sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips
  • Additional Plants: herbs
  • Animals: bovine, poultry
  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Animal Production: free-range, grazing management
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, mentoring, networking, workshop, youth education
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, marketing management
  • Natural Resources/Environment: hedges - grass
  • Pest Management: physical control, row covers (for pests), mulching - vegetative
  • Production Systems: holistic management, organic agriculture
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems, new business opportunities, public participation, community services, employment opportunities, social networks

    Proposal summary:

    This initiative will continue to develop a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm operation in rural Northeast Michigan to provide fresh, healthy produce to the needy while providing opportunities for at-risk youth and other community members to participate in a local food initiative. The project will also support the development of new enterprises and cooperative marketing of locally grown and produced food and farm products.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.