Brian Bates

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Bear Creek Organic Farm

Brian Bates owns and operates Bear Creek Organic Farm in Petoskey, Michigan with his wife Anne Morningstar and son, Griffin. Brian is passionate about small farm finances, making a living doing what you love, and savvy marketing. With no secrets, a lot of ideas, and some serious elbow-grease, Bear Creek has grown dramatically in five years adding 7 employees, 9 greenhouses, dozens of wholesale accounts and being honored as Entrepreneurs of the Year and Local Foods Heroes by their community. When not on the farm, you can find Brian eating, napping, beaching, and traveling.

Amanda Kik