Category Archives: Farm Issues

What song does a ‘cankerbird’ sing?

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Important news about Shoreline Fruit

 Today’s Ticker from Traverse City Business News highlights the local cherry business. A must read.

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Nels Veliquette – ag consultant

Former Elk Rapids area resident Nels Veliquette is the agriculture consultant for an innovative brewery project proposed for Garfield Township. Using a modified Planned Unit Development (PUD) process, Nels is helping shepherd a proposal through the Township approval process for … Continue reading

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‘Estate brewing’ coming to T.C.?

Will there be fields of hops surrounding the next local brewery? Tonight, the Garfield Township Planning Commission will take public comment on a potential development that would bring a crafty mix of agricultural production, beer brewing, and beer tasting and … Continue reading

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For a happier populace

Phyllis and Mike Wells have started an ER Transition Book Group (previous posting) to make Elk Rapids more resilient and, as Phyllis says poetically, “make for a happier populace.”   Here are her notes from the first meeting. The first meeting … Continue reading

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ER Transition

Buy local! A local group called ER Transition is studying and promoting the use of locally produced food locally. Phyllis and Mike Wells of Wells Family Farm have started an ER Transition book reading group and initiative.  Here’s a note … Continue reading

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Shoreline Fruit CEO is a Master Farmer

Ken Swanson, CEO of Traverse City-based Shoreline Fruit, LLC., was recently named a 2011 Michigan Master Farmer. The Michigan Master Farmer award recognizes excellence in farming, industry leadership, and community engagement.  It is presented annually by Michigan Farmer magazine, Michigan … Continue reading

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