The Farmers - Our story:
We are a first generation family farm. We fell in love with growing food because of the satisfaction of an honest days work and the joy of doing something constructive and tangible for our community and the environment. We believe in food equality, that farming is an essential profession, and that producing food doesn't have to abuse the natural world. We plan on forging a business that affords us, and those who work with us, a living wage, while making nutrient dense, fresh food available to all members of our community.
If you want to read the long version of how our farm got started, you can pan all the details here from this muddy stream of story.
The abridged version : Helen and Jim (that's us!) farmed in New Jersey for four years on leased land before deciding to buy a farm in Michigan. In 2016, we found a farm in Jackson County and began the arduous process of moving everything and making the house livable while maintaining our farm in New Jersey.
Although we made a crash landing in January 2017, we hit the ground running. We got our organic certification. We built a greenhouse, three hoop houses, two walk in coolers, and a wash station. We joined four farmers' markets (attending five per week), Argus Farm Stop (a grocery with farm direct supply), and developed wholesale connections. We donated a bunch of fresh produce through Food Gatherers. We doubled our production area from 2.5 acres to 5.5 acres.
We are moving into 2018 with a plan to expand our winter production, add microgreens and sprouts to the mix, train some future farmers, and increase our understanding of our land. We can't help but have the feeling that we are on our way now. This is gonna be the year!
Lake Divide Farm team 2018!
Still looking for folks interested in getting some farming experience and a firsthand view of the beginnings of a farm. If you are or someone you know is interested, check out our ATTRA internship listing.
Exie the dog!
Master morale booster, crop protector, comic relief – Exie is our fearless companion!
Jim and I adopted her from a rescue in April of 2011 when she was four months old. Now, at six years, she is a polished farm dog. She stays off the beds, escorts visitors and guards our vegetables. She is still as willful as when she was a puppy, exploring the world on her own, but we all have our quirks, and Exie wouldn't be Exie without hers.