Summer hours! Partridge Creek Farm will be open daily, Monday - Friday from 10am-4pm Please stop by and grab local food, honey, maple syrup, vermicompost, or other local fare. This year’s Farm Fresh Fridays will start on Friday, July 9th and run through October! Come out and grab your HYPER-Local PCF produce on Friday afternoons outside our office between 2-4pm.
Soon accepting SNAP/ EBT and Double Up Food Bucks!
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.
This has been a year of solid growth for Partridge Creek Farm (PCF). In January we hired May Tsupros as our full time director of Programs and Partnerships, and her experience and drive has helped bring our entire organization to a more structured and professional level. Under her guidance we are expanding our Farm to School program in the middle school to teach the 6th grade as well as the 5th grade and we are initiating an elementary school program at Birchview Elementary’s 3rd grade this fall as well. May is a certified teacher with a focus on science and she has been designing our curriculum and lesson plans, while fund raising and managing our 9 interns and community programs.
Jesse, our farm manager, is attempting to double our food production for 2021 to more than three thousand pounds of harvested, packed, and distributed food this year. This food will be primarily distributed through our Farm Fresh Fridays program where the food is provided to over three hundred local families.
Aaren, the PCF compost manager, has been very busy this month, sifting and bagging vermicompost to meet a huge demand and building “Resiliency Garden Beds” for private citizens. He has generated close to $60K to help sustain the programs of Partridge Creek Farm.
Our executive board has grown as well with the addition of Dan Webber, our new treasurer, and Matt Treado of UP Engineers and Architects. Dan has helped us tremendously with our financial systems, financial projections, planning and reporting, and Matt has volunteered to take on the engineering and architecture for our expansion onto 2.5 acres of land next to the Jasperlite Senior Housing Complex.
The PCF Intergenerational Farm will be the focus of our organization for the next few years as we create an intergenerational teaching farm campus complete with green houses, washing and packing stations, barns, fields, and raised beds and an outdoor classroom. May just wrote and received an $86,000 Michigan Health Endowment grant to create a strategic plan for this project with the community and provide the initial infrastructure. If this goes well the MI Health Endowment may follow with a $250K implementation grant next year.
This week we are gathering 30 kids for our very first summer day camp where we will teach kids to garden and to cook- preparing healthy foods for their families.
Thank you for all you do to Keep us growing and thriving.
-Sincerely, Dan Perkins, Farm Director
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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.