Arnold, Paul & Sandy Pleasant Valley Farm
Pleasant Valley Farm, owned & operated by the Arnold Family (Paul, Sandy, Robert & Kim) in Argyle, is about 30 minutes from the Glens Falls or Saratoga farmers markets. where they sell fruits & vegetables year-round that are grown with organic methods.
Bates, Brian, Bear Creek Organic Farm
Brian Bates and Anne Morningstar own and operate Bear Creek Organic Farm in Petoskey, Michigan - a small farm that specializes in raw honey, organic greens, microgreens, potted herbs, and garlic. Brian is passionate about small farm finances, making a living doing what you love, and savvy marketing. Firm believers in transparency through the value chain, Anne & Brian have developed a philosophy called “Full-Transparency Farming” where the farm is an open book for customers, wholesalers, and fellow farmers. With no secrets, a lot of ideas, and some serious elbow-grease, Bear Creek has gone from $0 to $120k on 1.5 acres in less than two years.
Holmes, Cody, Rockin' H Ranch
In the Fall of 1975 Cody Holmes, at the young age of 17 years old, left the family farm with seven of his own cows to begin building his ranch. This was the beginning of the Rockin' H Ranch. What started out as a typical, high input, cow/calf ranch morphed into a modern, multi-species, Holistic, diversified, and regenerative dairy, meat, and vegetable company serving about 30 grocery stores, hospitals, schools an upbeat home delivery net-work, and e-commerce direct food company. This food company and label is known as Real Farm Foods. Real Farm Foods has grown into a Cooperative Food Hub which markets not only food raised on the Rockin' H Ranch but the foods raised from over 50 other farmers in the region. Mob grazing is the day’s business, reside about 400 cows, 600 hair sheep, 1000 meat goats, 150 pastured hogs, 25 jersey herd dairy, 600 pastured laying hens, several hoop tunnels of pastured chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese, produce gardens and year round high tunnel vegetable production.
Montri, Adam, MSU
Adam Montri is a part-time Hoophouse Outreach Specialist with the Department of Horticulture and Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University where he works with over 60 farmers through the Hoophouses for Health Program. He and his wife, Dru, and daughters, Lydia and Alison, own and operate Ten Hens Farm in Bath, Michigan. They farm outdoors on three acres and year-round in 17,000 sqft of hoophouse space. Their diversified markets include restaurants, wholesale accounts, a regional distributor, a grocery store, one year-round farmers market, other farms and a food hub.
Newman, Trevor, Roots to Fruits Ecological Design
Trevor is an avid horticulturalist and amateur pomologist. He has co-taught Permaculture Design Courses and given lectures to various universities, garden clubs, and community groups on topics such as edible landscaping, agroforestry, and uncommon fruits. He owns and operates Roots To Fruits— an edible landscaping and ecological design firm based in SE Michigan. Trevor is the president of the Michigan Nut Growers Association and co-chair of the North American Fruit Explorer’s permaculture special interest group. He writes about and explores growing fruits and nuts on his blog, The Fruit Nut.
Phillips, Michael, Lost Nation Orchard
Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Michael’s newest book, Mycorrhizal Planet: How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility, will be available in March 2017.
Rowntree, Jason, MSU
Jason Rowntree is an Associate Professor in Animal Science at Michigan State University focusing on grass-finishing of beef, livestock grazing influence on ecosystem services and carbon footprint. He is faculty coordinator of Lake City Research Center a 810 ac facility that maintains 300 AU of registered and commercial Red Angus cattle and also supports bioenergy and potato research. Dr. Rowntree is also an accredited educator in Holistic Management.
Thompson, Collin, MSU North Farm at UPREC
Collin has been involved in small-scale diversified agriculture as a farmer, builder, educator, researcher, volunteer, and consultant. He is farm manager at MSU North Farm, above the 45th parallel in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula