If you live in West Michigan, you probably heard about the people who were supposedly sickened by consuming raw milk last week. (Read article here) I say supposedly because the milk that the sickened people consumed was never tested for e. Coli by the Health Department so they cannot confirm that, in fact, the milk caused these folks to be hospitalized. The farm that produces the milk is tested frequently (including by their wholesale buyer, Horizon Organics) and never once had a positive test for any bacteria like e. coli, listeria, campylobacter, salmonella, etc. [Read more…]
We get this question a lot and it’s a tough one to answer.
The short version is no, we are not an organic farm because the U.S. Department of Agriculture owns the rights to the word “organic.” They define the term, how it applies to producers and who has paid for the right to use that word. Because we do not have USDA Organic Certification, we are not an organic farm and our products cannot be called organic. [Read more…]
Back in the fall of 2010, I got this crazy idea that it might be fun to intern at a farm and learn a little more about the sustainability movement, how food is grown, and what farm life is like. So, instead of doing the smart thing which would’ve been to find a paid farm internship during the summer, I took a Sustainability Practicum at GVSU and actually PAID to read and write about sustainability while working at a small organic vegetable farm.
Yes, you read that correctly, I PAID to do farm work. (Sorry Mom & Dad…) [Read more…]
Previously, Dan has written about how and why he has been drawn to farming as a career choice. (Guidance counselors, calm yourselves) While I deeply respect the philosophical, ethical, and spiritual underpinnings of Dan’s love of the natural world, my journey into farming is less Wendell Berry-in-a-deer-stand and more Mario-Batali-in-Traverse-City…