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Hand Sown Farm

(Manchester,MI)

Hand sown farm is a 2 acre diversified vegetable, flower and fruit market garden nestled on 10 acres within sharon township, mi. our focus is on building soil health and biodiversity on the farm while cultivating crops for sale. We seek to minimize our environmental impact and promote an affordable, human-scaled way of farming through utilizing efficient hand tools and season extension techniques. in addition to our fields, we have a 30x100' unheated hoop house, a 30x48' movable hoop house and a transplant production greenhouse. We sell at four markets a week during the height of the season (ann arbor and plymouth/canton) as well as several restaurant and grocery accounts. We have a small csa (45 members) who shop with us at any markets we sell at. Our practices are beyond organic standards: �?�?�???�??�??�??�??�?�?�???�?use of only compost, compost teas and other natural amendments to add fertility, �?�?�???�??�??�??�??�?�?�???�?no till system promotes a healthy and living soil, �?�?�???�??�??�??�??�?�?�???�?diversified fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs encourage a complex on-farm ecosystem, �?�?�???�??�??�??�??�?�?�???�?energy efficiency and minimal fossil fuel inputs by using only hand tools, �?�?�???�??�??�??�??�?�?�???�?all of our customers are within a 50-mile radius of the farm, �?�?�???�??�??�??�??�?�?�???�?focus on most flavorful, heirloom varieties and implementing on-farm seed saving, �?�?�???�??�??�??�??�?�?�???�?mulching, cover cropping, yearly crop rotation, and preventative pest management, �?�?�???�??�??�??�??�?�?�???�?raise healthy, happy chickens that eat a varied diet and are free ranging, �?�?�???�??�??�??�??�?�?�???�?paying a living wage to farm workers and creating a healthy work environment, �?�?�???�??�??�??�??�?�?�???�?follow rigorous sanitary standards for harvesting and processing.

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