Jim Stutzman of Stutzman Farms- Lenawee County

Times have changed since Jim Stutzman started farming in 1969.  He wants to do everything he can to promote farming in his community. That’s why he decided to participate in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). A voluntary program, MAEAP helps Michigan farmers adopt cost-effective practices that reduce erosion and runoff into ponds, streams, […]

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Matt and Kelly Carpenter of Carpenter Farms-Lenawee County

Farming is more than just a business for Matt Carpenter. It’s a way of life. His family has been farming the same land for more than 100 years. Matt enjoys sharing his love of the land and farming with others. That’s what drove him to begin inviting the community to visit Carpenter Farm 20 years […]

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Donald and Donna Miller of Licken Branch- Eaton County

Donald and Donna Miller, owners of the Licken Branch in Vermontville, had their property verified through the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) under the Forest, Wetlands and Habitat (FWH) System; the first FWH verification in Eaton County. The Millers have worked hard over the past several years to restore an abandoned gravel pit and […]

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Blaine and Kim Baker of Bakerlads Farms – Lenawee County

Blaine and Kim Baker are the co-owners for Bakerlads Farms in Lenawee County. Their farm promotes environmental stewardship in the Lenawee agriculture community by emphasizing soil and water conservation in their dairy and crop operations. The farm includes a dairy herd of 540 Holsteins and 607 replacements, as well acreage for corn grain, corn silage, […]

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CBI’s Giving Tree Farm – Clinton County

MAEAP verified CBI’s Giving Tree Farm started as a community garden for people with disabilities. As the garden continued to grow, more people started to volunteer. Eventually, a heated greenhouse was built which allows for a year-round horticultural therapy program. Now, the garden project has become a productive certified organic farm with seven acres of […]

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Larry Lee of Lee Family Farm- Shiawassee County – 1000th MAEAP verification

Larry Lee owns and operates his family’s farmstead – established July 10, 1861 – with his wife Annette (a fifth generation farmer), Aaron and Amanda (Lee) Berndt, and Joshua Lee (sixth generation), and Rylee Berndt (seventh generation). Larry serves as the treasurer on the Shiawassee Conservation District Board of Directors and has been a member of the board since 1993. His family has worked with the Shiawassee CD since 1971 and are founding members of the Shiawassee County’s No-Tillers club, established in 1984. The club, Larry says, is a place for farmers to get together and talk about each other’s successes and failures. “Although we do not meet formally,” he told NACD, “we still get together for events – like the Shiawassee Conservation District’s conservation tours – to share our experiences. I actively promote no-till, cover crops, and continued education because I would like to see more farmers enjoy the benefits that I do.”

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