Resident farmers are provided with three years access to land, equipment and a network of technical and business advisors to launch their farm business at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s Maple Bay Farm, just south of Elk Rapids, Michigan. This is not a farmer training program, but learning opportunities abound in the region, and we will help residents develop their personalized professional development plan. And we will begin reaching out through our networks immediately to help residents find their long-term farm site when they leave Maple Bay Farm.
The program site in picturesque Northwest Lower Michigan has ready access to thriving markets in Traverse City, Petoskey and the Leelanau Peninsula, and forces are in motion to grow the local food economy of the region. Join the likes of Mario Batali in a food region described as ‘exploding‘.