We want to be a positive force in the larger community and would love input on possible partnerships with other community organizations. Some of our current projects include:
- Donating veggies left after CSA or farmers’ market to Holland Rescue Mission, Well House and Mel Trotter
- Hosting farm tours for community groups
- Partnering with the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project to help students learn about organic vegetable farming
- Partnering with Black River School to host a 2-week “Earth School” for students in late May 2014
- Speaking about farming at MSU Organic Farming Training Program, Calvin’s Peaceable Kingdom course, KVCC Sustainable Farming course and other local colleges
Running a business that is environmentally, socially and economically viable takes a lot of thought! We tend to focus on the following areas.
- Offering farmworkers fair wages, diverse experience and good working conditions
- Growing certified organic produce using sustainable methods
- Buying locally
- Offering discounts for low-income CSA members and farmer’s market customers who recieve food assistance
- Accepting EBT, WIC, Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh at farmer’s market and as CSA payments at the Fulton St. Market in Grand Rapids
- Buying carbon offsets to negate our emissions from electricity, fuel, shipping and farmworker commutes to work. We chose TerraPass, because it funds wind energy and methane capture from landfills and farms in the US. Two of the farms are in West Michigan.