Partridge Creek Farm will be offer our first ever Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares this year. Keep an eye out for sales of our "Salad CSA" in April.
PCF is officially accepting SNAP/ EBT and will offer this option for our CSA.
We are seeking artist to sell their work in the shop too! We also have a library stocked with books on growing food and food systems.
A Message From Our Founder:
Through the dedicated work of many friends and partners Partridge Creek Farm is Growing. We are building new programs, community gardens, and an intergenerational farm, and we are at the beginning of creating structures that will help other communities do the same.
Farm to School Programming
We have expanded our Farm to School programming from weekly classes with the Ishpeming fifth grade to weekly classes with both the fifth and sixth grade, including a six-week healthy cooking class which culminates in a “Local Food Cook-off”. The winning team’s recipe will be added to the cafeteria menu for the whole school to enjoy. We are also creating the curriculum and staffing for K-8 farm-to-school curriculum and a Career Technical Education program in Regenerative Farming at the Ishpeming High School.
This year we are building a garden at Birchview Elementary School to accommodate our farm to school programming there. This will add another food producing garden to our inventory of five other downtown gardens in Ishpeming and will increase hands-on classroom opportunities for our younger Ishpeming residents
Ishpeming Intergenerational Farm
We are embarking on the construction of a 3.5-acre intergenerational farm next to the High School/ Middle School at the Jasperlite Senior Housing Campus this spring. Through planning and proactive grants provided by Michigan Health Endowment Fund and Superior Health Foundation we have created deep community investment for this project. In February, Partridge Creek Farm, in partnership with Ishpeming School District #1 received a $100K MDARD Rural Development Grant to install water and add topsoil to the site. A generous contribution from Lindberg & Sons has provided the 30% match, allowing us to BREAK GROUND in spring 2022! We hope to have a U-PICK Pumpkin patch for the community this year and our first planting of apple trees through a donation from Hoovers Tree Service.
Although we’ve come a long way, we still have a lot of work to go until this farm space is everything the community deserves. Please reach out if you are interested in becoming a founding partner or donor for this innovative community space.
Spreading the Love through Lions
The District 10 Lions (53 Lions Clubs of the UP) have made Partridge Creek Farm a District Project, and are taking its programs and initiatives to the rest of the Upper Peninsula, gathering local food security champions in each community together and offering the resources and partnerships that PCF has discovered or created while building its presence in the Ishpeming community.
Please consider helping us with your time or donations as we teach our children, seniors, and community as a whole how to grow, prepare and eat healthy local food, and educate the next generation of farmers and value-added food processors to create a local food system in the Upper Peninsula.
We Appreciate Our Sponsors, Partners & Affiliates!
We envision a community that grows its own food and everyone has access to affordable, delicious, and nutritious fresh food choices.
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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.
Jasperlite Intergenerational Farm
With all this success and momentum we are thrilled to share some exciting news: we received a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in 2021 and we will begin plans for a 2-acre, intergenerational farm next to Ishpeming School and the Jasperlite Senior Housing.