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A permaculture based farm that grows the highest quality pasture-raised eggs, chicken and organic vegetables for our local community.
A permaculture based farm that grows the highest quality pasture-raised eggs, chicken and organic vegetables for our local community.
123 backers pledged $18,130 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Story

We started out as a small family hobby farm where we raised chickens for eggs, rabbit meat and grew vegetables. Over the past year, as we continued our journey in farming, we really felt a calling on our lives to be a part of the movement that is bridging the gap between the consumer and the farmer. We also wanted to make sure that we produced the healthiest food possible and that we educated people on the differences between how most food is grown and how we believe it should be.

What We’re Doing

We want to expand our operation in order to better serve the communities around us. In order to do this, we are moving our farm to a new + larger location in Howell, Michigan. Not only will we continue to grow vegetables and raise our rabbit meat, but we will also expand our farm to include Pastured Eggs and Pastured Whole Broiler Chickens. This will also allow us to implement a permaculture system into our farm.

How We’re Doing It

One of the things that is most important to us is that we are growing the highest quality, most natural food possible. Our goal is to go, where we consider to be, “beyond organic” standards with our systems. Part of being able to do this requires that we recreate the systems that we find in nature. Each Chicken Pasture will start out being 1.5 - 2 acres. We will set up our Meat Chickens in large Chicken-Tractors and our Egg Chickens will have portable coops called Egg-Mobiles. This will allow them to have unlimited forage along with frequent rotation so the pasture grasses never become over-grazed. No bird will touch the same area of grass more than once each year. Another thing that we find when we look at a chicken’s most-natural habitat is that they are following behind larger mammals (pigs, cows, etc...). This creates a cycle where the chickens scratch the larger manure into the pasture as they forage. They also replenish the nitrogen in the soil, coming from their own manure. As time goes on, the pastures will become healthier, more nutrient-rich and it will begin to grow an entire ecosystem within the soil. Living-soil creates the healthiest pastures.

Our vegetable garden will be a No-Till system. Our chickens and other animals will help to root-up the grass and sod, fertilizing the soil as they do this. After the sod is clear, we will clear the remaining grass and roots and then begin to build our vegetable beds there. Each of our beds will be topped with a 2-4 inch thick layer of compost that will help to build a strong layer of top soil as years pass. Not tilling the soil allows the soil to maintain the ecology and biology within the soil without any disruption, and creates more life within the soil. Living-soil also creates the healthiest vegetables.

Why We’re Doing It

We constantly get asked, “Why on earth would you want to farm?” Our answer is simple. We care about our health and the health of the people around us and we are passionate about growing food in a way that doesn't destroy the land we live on. One of our goals is to reconnect people with where their food comes from and bridge the gap between the growers and the costumers. 

Areas that we plan to serve this season

  • Howell
  • Lansing
  • Ann Arbor
  • Flint
  • Rochester (RECENTLY ADDED!)
  • Wixom/Novi (RECENTLY ADDED!)

What we need

As with any growing venture, there are start up costs. Farming is no different. Although it is true that no-till and pastured farming rarely use expensive heavy equipment, there are still quite a few investments that need to be made to make what we do possible. The start-up cost for this first year is $15,000. This will provide us with:

  • Growing Lights
  • Green Houses
  • Broad Forks
  • Seeders
  • Tilther
  • Walk-in Cooler
  • Flame Weeder
  • Greens Harvester
  • Insect Barrier
  • Row Covers
  • Irrigation systems
  • Starting Trays and Plugs
  • Green House/High Tunnels 
  • Food Scale
  • Electric Netting
  • Solar Powered Energizer
  • Feeders 
  • Egg-mobiles
  • Mobile Chicken Shelters

How You can Help
 

We have several ways that you can get involved! First is SPREAD THE WORD. The more that people know we are here, the easier it is for them to support us. Secondly, backing us financially. In order to get this farm up and running, we need to reach that $15,000 goal. 

What you get in return

We would hate for you to think that we expect you to give with nothing in return. After all, this is a community-supported way of life and we want to make sure that we are all coming together to make this happen, each person feeling like their efforts were worth it. Listed above are the promises we make to you, if we are fully funded. Please take time to choose the one that is right for your family and fits your budget. Thank you in advance for your love and support! We are excited to do this with you!

Risks and challenges

As with all farming, we depend on the weather and the nature around us to cooperate. We do our best to mitigate risk, but unfortunate circumstances do arise from time to time. As with any CSA, you share in risk-and-reward program. When we have a rough crop year, you may get less than expected. When we have a great year, you will receive more than expected. Every single dollar over the goal helps to build infrastructure that will allow us to keep risk down and yield high!

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    Voucher for 1 Dozen Egg

    Thank you so much for supporting this campaign! Here is Dozen Pasture Raised Eggs!

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    A hand-written Thank You card.

    Every bit helps! Here’s a note, straight from our heart, to you! Thank you so much. We couldn't do this without you. Know that your contribution goes towards helping us join the movement that is improving the way we farm as a society!

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    Hares and Harrows T-Shirt

    Thank you for your support!
    Here is a T-Shirt to sport around town and spread the word!

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    Hares and Harrows Trucker Hat

    You're the best! Take this stylish trucker hat as a token of our gratitude! Your support means the world!

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    Pastured Egg Share

    Be one of our first Pastured Egg Share Members! This includes 12 weeks of Pastured Eggs, picked up at one of our centrally located pick-up areas. One Dozen per week. Must be able to pick up at central location. If you're not local, consider donating your share to a family in our area!

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    • One 12-week Pastured Egg CSA Share (1 Dozen per week)
    • H&H Eco Friendly Tote Bag
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    T-Shirt And Hat

    For our folks who aren't local, we love you and are so very grateful for your support. Now you can be all decked out in our Trucker Hat AND T-Shirt.

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    • T-Shirt
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    Double The Eggs!

    If one dozen isn't enough for you, here's two! Pick up 2 dozen eggs every week from one of our centrally located pick-up areas! 12 week duration. Must be able to pick-up at central location.

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    • One 12-week Pastured Egg CSA Share (2 Dozen per week)
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    Gardening Class Tickets

    Receive 2 tickets to one our backyard gardening classes. Redeemable for any class date! Come to our farm for a day and learn how to implement our large scale gardening practices in your back yard! Also, take a couple T-shirts as well. We hope to see you there! Dates TBD

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    Broiler Share

    Thank you so much!
    Receive a 12-Week Summer Or Fall Broiler Share. You Pick! Take home a 4lb-4.5lb Pasture raised Whole Chicken every week for 12 weeks from one of our centrally located pick-up areas! Must be able to pick-up at central location.

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    Summer OR Fall Half Share

    Thank you for your generosity! Our Half Share is a weekly box of vegetables delivered to one of our pick-up locations for 12 weeks. Each box contains 8-12lbs of fresh veggies picked just the night before delivery. You get to pick either our Summer or Fall Share to enjoy! Must be able to pick-up at central location.

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    Half Share AND T-SHIRTS!!!

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    Summer OR Fall Full Share

    You are an amazing person with a generous heart! We would love to offer you one of our Full Shares as a thank you! Each one of our Full Shares is a weekly box that includes around 10-15lbs of food. It is an assortment of our fresh vegetables and 1 dozen Pastured Eggs with 1 Pastured Whole Chicken every other week! Must be able to pick-up at central location.

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    Summer AND Fall Half-Share

    We appreciate you more than we can express. Please enjoy not one, but 2 of our Half Shares. Weekly 8-12lb vegetable boxes delivered to the pick-up locations. 12 weeks for our Summer Share and 12 weeks for our Fall Share! Must be able to pick-up at central location.

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    Full Share AND T-SHIRTS!!!

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    Summer AND Fall Full-Share

    Wow! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Your support means so much! You get 2 FULL Shares to enjoy for Summer AND Fall! Veggies and 1 dozen Pastured Eggs every week for 12 weeks. Plus you get a Pastured Whole Chicken every other week! Doesn't get much better than that! Must be able to pick-up at central location.

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    2 Full Shares AND T-SHIRTS!!!

    You spoke. We Listened! We are now offering our shares with 4 T-shirts! Get the same, great weekly share box and look awesome doing it! Limited time only!

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    Get Your Own Back Yard Vegetable Garden!

    Whoa! Your generosity is truly overwhelming! We would love to work with someone like you that obviously values healthy, locally-grown food! We want to extend our sincerest thank you by helping you to put your very own vegetable garden in your back yard! This includes us coming to your house to get a garden established (up to 600 SQ FT), walking you through crop planning, seeding, crop rotation, and bi-weekly appointments to check on progress. You would also have access to call us whenever you might have a question or concern. In order to ensure that you have the best growing experience possible, this will be set for the 2020 growing season, not the 2019 season. We can't wait to work with you!
    Furthermore, we would love to offer you one of our Full or Half Shares for a 2019 season, whichever you would prefer. And please have all of the swag as well! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Also, thank you! Must be local within 50 miles of Howell, MI.

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    • Your own custom garden
    • Seasonal Heirloom Crop Seeds
    • Fencing Materials
    • Compost/Organic Matter
    • 12 Weeks of bi-weekly check-ins
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Funding period

- (30 days)