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See what our CSA members have to say about their experience.



“The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations.”

Barbara Kingsolver



"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison."

Ann Wigmore



If you have a connection with the farm, if you’ve actually walked on the soil of the farm, it nourishes your soul.

Nigel Walker



When it becomes a revolutionary act to eat real food, we are in trouble.

Mark Hyman



"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it's liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."

Thomas Jefferson
August 23, 1785



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Michigan Farmers Pledge

Many farmers (including us), for valid personal, philosophical, and political reason, do not wish to have their  farms and their practices associated with the National Organic Program.

For us, the expensive intrusion into our lives just isn't worth it. Our only customers are our CSA members and we know most of them by face and name. We don't ship our vegetables great distances to be bought by folks we will never see or know, so we don't need the guarantee of the "organic" label. We would much rather have you come out to the farm and take a look around at how we farm and the practices we use. Walk amonst the plants and see for yourself. It doesn't get any better than that. Know your farmer and know your food.

We like the Michigan Farmers Pledge because it covers growing practices and so much more that is important to us (and hopefully you too).


A Michigan Farmer’s Pledge

On our farm we ...

Promise to build and maintain healthy soils by using acceptable crop rotations, cover and green manure crops, compost and manure where appropriate and available, and natural mineral supplements when needed.

Vow to protect the soil, water and air by preventing erosion and reducing pollution through the most responsible farming practices we can implement.

Promise to use environmentally friendly farming methods and refrain from using synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers, chemically treated seeds, irradiation, sewage sludge and toxic materials, choosing to rely on materials that are acceptable for use on organic farms.

Pledge to use traditional methods of plant and animal breeding and reject the use of animal cloning and genetic modification or engineering (GMO or GE) of seeds, and other inputs using this technology.

Promise to treat all livestock humanely and provide access to the outdoors and fresh air, preferably as pasture, to all animals on the farm and to use no antibiotics, hormones or GMOs in feed.

Will conserve the nutritional value of food and feed by careful handling during and after harvest.

Promise to use health and environment friendly processing methods.

Treat family members, volunteers and farm workers with respect, ensure their safety on the farm, provide a challenging and comfortable work environment, and pay them as well as the situation permits.

Cooperate with other farmers to preserve farmland and farming knowledge.

Cooperate with community leaders and members to create the most local food system possible in our area and a more sustainable way of life for all.

Practice conservation of energy whenever possible.

Support agricultural markets and infrastructures that enable small farms to thrive.

Encourage biodiversity and practice its conservation on our farms.

Maintain the land in healthy condition for future generations of farmers.







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