Poesis Farm: a community project

Our story:

Since 2017 we have spent our summers managing Poesis Farm on the SEEDS property in Historic Barns Park in The Commons. This project focuses on growing food and flowers for donation, seed saving, and education. 

Food for donation:
We are partnering with local food pantries in order to give away plant starts for people to grow their own food, and we will plan to donate fresh produce as well. This has been our practice in past years and we hope to increase our donations this year as the demand on food pantries is expected to rise.

Seed Saving:
Another major aspect of the farm is seed saving. We have saved seeds from the majority of our crops and we will continue to give away seeds to local seed libraries and people in the community.  This year we have already donated hundreds of seed packets. During the current Covid-19 crisis we have given away seed packets to people in the community through NW Michigan Mutual Aid. 


Hopefully we are able to continue to provide education around seed saving and gardening in person. We will keep you posted via our facebook page: @poesis.farm.

In the past we have had volunteers on the farm, we hope to continue this practice. Please let us know if you would like to join us once we are allowed to gather!

In order to fund the farm so that we can give away produce and plant starts to our community we have several costs that we need help with:

Insurance: $1100
Organic fertilizer: $150
Compost: $450
Seed starter mix: $200
Seeds for food pantry donations: $100
Total: 2,000

Thank you for supporting our efforts in the community!

Jamie and Brenin


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Brenin Wertz-Roth 
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