Welcome to Morganic Farm!
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Morganic Farm is a 30-acre family-owned and operated farm in northwest lower Michigan. We are located only 30 minutes south of Traverse City on M 113. We raise heritage hogs, fiber and meat rabbits, dairy goats, ducks and laying hens year round. In the summer we raise meat chickens and turkeys and an organic vegetable CSA.
We grow our organic vegetables using no-till ecological practices. Our animals are fed locally grown, non-GMO feed.
Our goal is to produce great-quality food while improving our soil and land. We do not own a tractor, and do all gardening by hand. An additional goal is to preserve the heritage breeds of animals selected for their resilience, temperament, and diversity. Heritage breeds are usually more hardy and can take more nutrients from the land, which make them both suitable and economical for our farm. This also helps make the farm more sustainable in the long run. As an added bonus Heritage breeds taste great!
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Stuart was born and raised on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. He spent his childhood in the woods and parts of his summers and holidays on his maternal grandmother’s homestead. He attended University of Oregon while working pre-dawn to post-dusk hours on farms in the southern Willamette Valley. He also began and maintained a vegetable garden. It was in Eugene that he first picked up a copy of Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual, by Bill Mollison (at Hungry Head Books), which further deepened an evolving land-use ethic for Stuart. After later meeting his future wife, Genevieve, in Fairbanks, Alaska he began planning for a diversified, permaculture-based farm to support his family and his community. They returned to Oregon and experimented with community living for three years before Stuart and his family settled in Northwest Lower Michigan. In 2009 they bought their first home on 30 acres halfway between Traverse City and Cadillac, moving the beginnings of their diversified CSA farm (chickens and rabbits, tractors and hutches) during a blizzard via a U-Haul truck.
I (Genevieve) was born and raised in the wild beauty of Alaska, and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, receiving a BA in Teaching and English Literature. Together, Stuart and I spent nearly a year traveling around Europe and teaching English in Slovakia. By the time we had reached Michigan in 2008, we had spent three years in each: Montana, Alaska, and Oregon. In each place Genevieve has always put in a garden for home or community use. We also had two children, Lovisa and Finn. Surrounded by the raw beauty of Northern Michigan, we began collecting chickens, turkeys, rabbits, ducks, a thriving garden and an English Shepherd pup. Since we have arrived on our beautiful Morganic Farm, so much has changed. Our 30 acres of dull clear-cut have become a wilderness of meadows and forest. We are greatly humbled to now see our eggs at Oryana, or to hear about how much our customers love the food we grow. It shows how far we have come just in the last few years. To all of our faithful customers: Without you, Morganic Farm wouldn’t be possible. Thank you.
~ Genevieve, Stuart, Lovisa and Finn.