Great Lakes Farm
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Great Lakes Farm began in 2014 when Josh Vechart had a somewhat crazy idea to start an organic farm on the land that his family has owned for over 50 years. The first season consisted of a lot of trial and error as well as a lot of success. We planted nearly an acre of vegetables as well as 50 apple trees. This year, we are growing even more varieties of vegetables and are hoping to plant more fruit trees and bushes as well.
Here at Great Lakes Farm, we use all organic practices and methods for growing our produce. We are hoping to be certified USDA Organic in the coming years and currently follow the standards set by the National Organic Program. We do not use any GMO seed or synthetic chemicals. We do use organically certified fertilizer such as worm castings, liquid fish fertilizer, and compost sourced from the farm. Last year, we did use organic fungicide to control disease on some of our plants, but we are not planning on using it again this year as we will be focusing on other chemical-free methods to keep our plants happy and healthy.
We are hoping to have produce available this year as soon as late May if the weather permits. We should have produce available throughout the summer and hopefully well into fall. Here are some of the items we will have available:
Jack O Lantern Pumpkins
…and more to come!
Who You Support When Buying From Us
When you purchase produce from Great Lakes Farm, you are investing in a small, locally owned business that is striving to provide both you and the community with the healthiest, cleanest, and best quality food. Your support will help us grow and be able to provide you with greater quantities and more varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables. We also hope to expand in the future so we can produce eggs, pasture raised poultry, pork, and beef. As of now, Josh Vechart is the only employee of Great Lakes Farm, but we hope to hire more help in the coming years as we grow.
Along with supporting Josh and his endeavors with the farm, your purchase also helps to feed the hungry in our local communities. Great Lakes Farm donates produce to several different local organizations including St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Homeless Connections, and Mission of Hope.