To us, practicing sustainable, community-based farming is just as important as growing good food. 

Aaron and Mary Brower are first-generation farmers. In the age-old tradition of apprenticeship, we learned responsible farming methods from master farmers.   

We 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. 

Much of the 80 acres of woods, rolling grassland, and gardens that make up Bluestem Farm were fallow for nearly 50 years. 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 careful rotational grazing, organic growing methods, and minimal inputs. We are awaiting the return of our organic certification paperwork in late summer 2014, and are proud to offer our members and customers 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. 

Want to learn more about our work? Our year-long column on an early year at Bluestem Farm appeared in the magazine Edible Grande Traverse: summer, fall, holiday, winter, and spring.

 

Phone

(231) 459-8968

 

Location

4218 M-32
(at Adams Road)

7 miles east of East Jordan, Michigan

 

 

Delivery Locations

Bellaire

Boyne City

East Jordan

Gaylord

Petoskey