What's in the Box?
Notes From the Field
As we wind down to the end of this year's CSA, I realized something. We went through introductions in the first few newsletters, but I did not provide much of an overview of the farm as a whole. You have met all the farmers involved in the production of your food, but I wanted to take a moment before the end of the program to give you some of the details on why The North Farm is so unique - better late than never!
The North Farm sits on the original site of the UP research station, which is the longest running experiment station in the state of Michigan. It was established in 1899 as a location for researchers and the public to explore agricultural production in northern climates. It has a long, winding history that includes cattle, poultry, vegetables, fruit, and much more. In the more recent past (mid-80s), the research station, now named the UP Research and Extension Center (UPREC), was relocated to a new farm site, about a mile south of the original site. This left the original site vacant, still under university management, but mainly used as pasture and storage.
In 2014, the farm was reopened as The North Farm, an education, research, and production farm focused on small scale, diversified, organic vegetable production. Our main goal is to help beginning and experienced growers build and improve their production systems through relevant research and educational opportunities. The production that we do (of which you are part) is used to support the ongoing programming at the farm, which includes:
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