Creating a Farmer-youth Sustainable Production and Marketing Cooperative for a Group of Black Farmers in Van Buren County, Michigan

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 1999: $15,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2000
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Coordinator:
LeRoi Ray
Farm School Cooperative

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: melons, apples, berries (other), cherries
  • Nuts: walnuts
  • Vegetables: beans, beets, cabbages, carrots, cucurbits, eggplant, greens (leafy), onions, peas (culinary), peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips
  • Animals: poultry


  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, mentoring
  • Farm Business Management: cooperatives, marketing management
  • Pest Management: integrated pest management, mulches - killed
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: employment opportunities
    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.