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Meet Michigan Farmers

Supporting local farmers in your community is easy when you live in Michigan. We all benefit from the bounty of locally grown foods, fresh from our state’s family farmers.

 


Michigan dairy farmer Ashley Messing-Kennedy video

Ashley Messing-Kennedy, A Dairy Farmer From the Thumb

Ashley Says:

Even though I’m a Michigan farmer I’m also a consumer, too. So everything we produce on our farm has to be safe for my family and your family. We take it very seriously making sure that we produce a safe, wholesome, healthy product every day.

 

Michigan harvest Thanksgiving family farm Rita Herford

Rita Herford, A Corn, Wheat, Sugarbeet & Dry Bean Farmer From Minden City

Rita Says:

We’re going to do things right and do things environmentally friendly to hope that the next generation continues farming. Our philosophy on the farm is always to do things better before we doing things bigger.

 

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Paul Pridgeon, A Pig Farmer From Southern Michigan

Paul Says:

As we make decisions here at Pridgeon Farms, one of our main commitments is that in every decision that we make we want to make sure it is for the best health of the animal. Whether it is how we feed an animal to how we care for an animal, how we make sure that animal doesn’t get sick and continues to be healthy. We firmly believe that a health animal leads to a healthy food supply.

 

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Carly Parsley & Kristin Kubiszak, Blueberry Farmers From Paw Paw

Carly Says:

I think we grow the biggest and the sweetest blueberries here in Michigan, so I think if you’re in the store and you have an option to pick a Michigan-grown blueberry versus another, I think you won’t be disappointed if you pick that Michigan choice.

 

Annie Link, Dairy Farmer

Annie Link, A Dairy Farmer From Alto

Annie Says:

We treat our cows like princesses. We know that the more comfortable our cows are, the healthier they’re going to be, and that is going to mean safe and quality milk for you.

 

 

Erin Ehinger, Hog Farmer

Erin Ehinger, A Hog Farmer From Holland

Erin Says:

We care for and respect our animals every day. Our family and staff is devoted to making sure the pigs are healthy and have access to feed and water at all times.

 

 

Bret Schapman, Cattle Farmer

Bret Schapman, A Cattle Farmer From Romeo

Bret Says:

First thing my brothers and I do when we get to the farm in the morning is take a visual inspection of every single animal on the farm. That is helping us ensure that the cattle are as healthy as can be and that their environment is the best that it can be for them.

 

 

Clark Gerstacker, Corn Farmer

Clark Gerstacker, A Corn Farmer From Midland

Clark Says:

We are doing the right thing for the ground, the right thing for the environment, and the right thing for our water because those are all things that we need the next year, the following year and that our kids and future families are going to need for this ground to be productive.

 

 

Harry Herbruck, Egg Farmer

Harry Herbruck, An Egg Farmer From Saranac

Harry Says:

It’s important for us to keep our hens happy and healthy. All the conditions that the hens live in are controlled by a computer. From the feed and the water, to the actual air environment, everything is controlled and monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

 

Ed Cagney, Soybean Farmer

Ed Cagney, A Soybean Farmer From Scotts

Ed Says:

Over the years we’ve learned to do things better. We use more conservation practices. We’re trying to do our very best to work with mother nature, the technology and the information that we have available today to grow the best crop we can as safely as we can.

 

 

Jennifer Bixby, Apple Farmer

Jennifer Bixby, An Apple Farmer From Berrien Springs

Jennifer Says:

We produce the best apples that we can to be sent to market. We love living on an apple orchard. There’s no place else we’d rather be.

 

 

Scott Oswalt, Sheep Farmer

Scott Oswalt, A Sheep Farmer From Vicksburg

Scott Says:

Farmers are the original environmentalists. We use the sun and the water, along with our grass to provide a nice healthy feed for our sheep. There’s everything they need in that grass.

 

 

Jennifer Lewis, Dairy Farmer

Jennifer Lewis, A Dairy Farmer From Jonesville

Jennifer Says:

Our goal is to provide a safe and nutritious product for the consumer. Before our milk is picked up from the farm, we’ve already tested it to make sure that it’s pure and wholesome. Our driver then tests it, and when he takes it to the processing plant, it’s tested again.

 

 

Jason Ruhlig, Vegetable Farmer

Jason Ruhlig, A Vegetable Farmer From Carlton

Jason Says:

All of our vegetables are hand-picked at their highest quality and best flavor. We sort them on an inspection table to make sure that the finest quality goes to our consumers.

 

 

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