To us, practicing sustainable, community-based farming is just as important as growing good food.
Aaron and Mary Brower are first-generation farmers who believe small farms play a pivotal role in the work of preserving local food supplies, decreasing energy consumption, and bringing neighbors together in authentic communities. Bluestem Farm is a four-season, diversified farm offering build-your-own CSA shares, engaging community programming, and some exciting food outreach initiatives.
Much of the 80 acres of woods, rolling grassland, and gardens that make up Bluestem Farm were fallow from the early sixties until 2012, when we came to own the land. During that time, the farm’s many habitats were protected in an interconnected patchwork vibrant with plant and animal life.
Today, we’re carefully transitioning the land back to working farmland in a way that continues to protect wild spaces, pollinators, and birds. Our farming practices include managed intensive rotational grazing, certified organic growing methods, and zero chemical inputs. We are proud to offer our members and customers certified organic vegetables and plentiful, varied diets straight through the long winters of northwest lower Michigan.
Our food is special not only because it is healthy, local, and environmentally responsible, but also because it is delicious. As cooks as well as farmers, we delight in the beauty, quality, and excellence of our food.
We chose the name Bluestem Farm for the native Midwestern grass by the same name. Its roots reach extraordinarily deep.
Want to learn more about our work? In 2013-14, we were honored to write a year-long column for the magazine Edible Grande Traverse that followed us through the travails and successes of an early year of our farm: summer, fall, holiday, winter, and spring.