The disruption to our food system during the COVID-19 Pandemic has the potential to be larger than we can imagine. Borders are closing, yet most of our food production is premised on the use of migratory farm labor. Everything regarding food distribution, food handling, serving and sales is being re-examined. Some of the food supply changes we will experience will have nothing to do with planning and will simply manifest as circumstances of shifting economic forces. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is particularly susceptible to these forces because we currently import over 90% of our food and because we are practically the last stop in this country’s food distribution chain. Food shortages and inflated prices will affect us worse than those with a more vibrant local food supply.
Partridge Creek Farm is actively addressing this situation by building a local food infrastructure - garden by garden. We are currently building community food gardens in our downtown areas and institutional gardens at schools, senior housing, and youth service centers. Now we are building food gardens at residences throughout Marquette County as part of a Local Foods Initiative that we hope you will support.
If ever there were a time to push for a fresh and healthy local food supply, it is now.
Please consider buying a raised garden bed or two for your home. The garden beds we are building come with love and support from our PCF community. We will help you with planting options, support and follow your successes and track your results. We will use that data and synergy to promote local food education and inertia throughout Marquette County. If you don’t have the time or space to install a bed at your home, please consider sponsoring one for a family or organization in your community that can’t afford to buy one for themselves.
Dan Perkins, Farm Director
We are an educational farm located in Downtown Ishpeming that is dedicated to improving local access to fresh produce, building a healthy community, and promoting education on sustainable food systems. Partridge Creek Farm will collaborate to build a food system that is socially responsible while being environmentally and economically sustainable.
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Whether you’re nurturing houseplants, lawns, ornamentals, trees, or a working farm, our high-quality vermicompost is for you. You’ll help support Partridge Creek Farm’s community projects and programs with every purchase.
Programs & Projects
Incubator Farm Garden Site
In partnership with Grace Episcopal Church.
Our first big community-driven project in downtown Ishpeming. Hundreds of volunteers from the community came together to help us construct our first Incubator Farm where we keep raised beds, a hoop house, bee hives and a brand new invention - the Yoopertopia Greenhouse.
In partnership with Aaren Joki of Metsami Creations.
Our compost program is championed by fellow board member, Aaren Joki, in partnership with Metsami Creations. We collect food waste from Ishpeming public schools, local restaurants and other businesses and put our worms to work! We now have high quality vermicompost available for sale at Partridge Creek Farm.
Inspiration Orchard Garden Site
In partnership with Ishpeming's Inspiration Zone.
The Inspiration Orchard is one of our newer projects, constructed in 2019 by hundreds of volunteers throughout the community. The orchard is located on the corner of North & York streets in Ishpeming and contains apple, plum, cherry, pear, crab apple and silver maple trees, as well as a wide variety of different berries.
Ishpeming Schools Garden Site
In partnership with Ishpeming Public Schools.
Elk's Lodge Garden Site
In partnership with the Elk's Lodge of Ishpeming.
In 2017 we formed a partnership with the Elk's Lodge in Ishpeming and they allowed us to build a new garden site on their land. In addition to our traditional raised garden beds we also decided to experiment with Hugelkultur in this space. Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Carpet Specialists Garden Site
In partnership with Carpet Specialists of Ishpeming.
On Earth Day in 2017, Carpet Specialists allowed us to build a garden site on land adjacent to their building. Over a hundred volunteers from local businesses and the community showed up to help us on Earth Day. The old mining truck and towers behind this garden site make for a beautiful scene for cars driving into downtown Ishpeming from the highway.
Maple Syrup Program
In partnership with Great Lakes Recovery Centers.
We're very proud of our partnership with the Ishpeming Great Lakes Recovery Center. One of our most successful programs with GLRC has been the maple syrup program, where we take residents into the forest surrounding their complex to tap trees and collect sap, and we help them process our harvest into maple syrup. This year the residents put on a delicious pancake breakfast for everyone using the fruits of their labor!
"Farm Fridays" Daycare Program
In partnership with Roots & Wings Daycare.
Farm Fridays is a brand new program we're implementing in partnership with Roots & Wings Daycare of Ishpeming. We'll take field trips to our garden sites and teach the children about what it means to grow food for yourself and be self-reliant. We also plan to help them build a raised garden bed on their property, where the children will be able to maintain and watch their plants grow.
Dan's Garden Site
The genesis of Partridge Creek Farm.
Where it all began. Many years ago Dan Perkins began gardening in his backyard has a hobby. Over time the garden grew and eventually attracted some attention. Dan began to notice more and more neighborhood children wandering into his yard asking if they could help him in his garden. The children would leave and come back again with more friends. It was here where an idea was born - Partridge Creek Farm.