First-generation farmers bloom in Michigan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

On the first, chilly, damp day of May, the rich brown earth at Green Eagle Farm south of Lansing in Onondaga is filled with promise.

The Lansing State Journal reports that owners Steve Grose and Chela Ashley grow kale, collards, garlic, blueberries and potatoes.

They are part of a trend in Michigan farming: smaller-scale producers who are interested in growing a variety of foods, often marketing them directly through farmers' markets, crop-sharing arrangements or contracts with restaurants, schools or hospitals.

Neither Grose nor Ashley grew up on a farm. And experts say there is both a need for new farmers and the possibility of profitability.

After years of trial-and-error, Grose says they are making it work and "don't have to go work for somebody else in the wintertime."

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