2018 Biodiversity Mico-Grant Awardees!
Please join us in congratulating our 2018 awardees. These grants will be supporting the production of heirloom varieties and heritage breeds.
Full Hollow Farm is a small certified organic vegetable farm located in Belding, MI. They use earth-friendly, sustainable growing practices, encourage biodiversity, and focus on the health of the soil. They offer CSA memberships and attend the Rockford Farmers Market.
Together, Jamie and Brad have worked on seven different vegetable and fruit farms. During these years they continued to learn and love growing produce and providing food to the community.
Urban Roots is a community farm, market, and education center in the Madison Square Neighborhood. The mission of Urban Roots is to cultivate durable and resilient communities, families, and ecosystems through urban agriculture.
Visit their website today for more information.
A grass-roots, nonprofit organization serving greater Grand Rapids, Our Kitchen Table (OKT) promotes social justice and empowers our neighbors to improve their health and environment through information, community organizing and advocacy.
Click here to learn more today on how they intend to use the grant funds provided!
Maple Moon Farm is a small scale, sustainable, family farm. They believe in long term sustainability, and their farm practices reflect this through organic and biodynamic principles. They believe everything is interconnected and aim to support the health of all living beings.
They raise a large variety of heirloom and open-pollinated vegetables, some fruits, and a variety of plants starts from the greenhouse.
Ham Family Farm is a 40-acre growing operation that uses traditional practices to bring high-quality fruits and vegetables to markets and restaurants.
Plainsong Farm is a CSA farm and ministry located just outside of Rockford, Michigan.
As a family, Plainsong Farm has continued to put down roots here in West Michigan, knowing that the life of a place is built with hospitality and gratitude toward one’s neighbors and the land. They have begun the process of taking Plainsong Farm from fallow and neglected to fertile and productive, with the help of much coffee and the endless energy of their daughters.
At Earthkeeper Farm, they grow food sustainably, using only organic and biodynamic growing practices. They strive to create a balanced farm ecosystem, which naturally keeps disease and pests under control.
Biodiversity, environmental protection, building healthy soil, and commitment to a local food system are a few key elements of the farm.
The City of Wyoming Tree Commission, “The Tree Amigos” has begun a community orchard at Wyoming West Elementary School in partnership with Wyoming Public Schools and Kent Student Services Association.
This year they will be planting ten heirloom varieties of pear, plum, peach, and nut trees.
Natural Cycles Farm is managed with Holistic Grazing methods. The animals are moved frequently with portable fencing. These methods create healthy grass, vibrant pastures and are a small part of the Regenerative Agriculture methods that sequester carbon and heal the land.
These biodiversity grants would not be possible without support from the Slow Food community of West Michigan. So we would like to send out a big thank you to everyone! We are looking forward to a great 2018 growing season. Stay tuned to our blog and newsletter for updates from our grant awardees on how their projects are progressing!