Hi! We are Gretchen and Chris Mueller, welcome to our little Michigan farm.
In 2008, we moved from our hometown Ypsilanti, Michigan to Seattle, Washington for work and to start a family. After living in that area for about 14 years, Michigan began calling us back. Lured by the dream of having more property, outbuildings for playing music (Chris is a drummer—get it? Backbeat), raising our children around family, and summer afternoons spent in freshwater swimming holes, we decided to pack up and head on back to our home state. After an exhaustive home search, we settled on house with 6 acres in Chelsea, Michigan located near beautiful Waterloo Recreation Area. We have since been hard at work restoring the land and building our farm dream. Chris is a licensed landscape architect by trade so working with the land has always been a big part of his life. Gretchen, however, was not born with a green thumb; her love of farming has grown slowly over the years through years of trial-and-error backyard gardening with the final straw being a sweet little flock of chickens she raised during the early days of the pandemic. Our farm is now home to many varieties of vegetables, berries, flowers and of course, chickens. We strive to raise our flowers, vegetables, and chickens using organic and regenerative practices—no herbicides or pesticides here. As we see it, growing healthy soil is our number one job. The flowers and fruits are just a bonus!
We work on a closed loop system: Our table scraps and weeds go to the chickens. We then circulate the chickens through our growing areas to enrich and fertilize our soils and act as "pest control". Branches and other organic matter are composted and eventually applied back on the fields. We operate under a "low-till" protocol, disturbing the soil as little as possible and utilizing cover crops. The results are increased soil microbe life, stronger root systems and the sequestration of atmospheric carbon.
HOW WE FARM
We give back to the land: We are currently working on plans to restore significant portions of our property to native prairie and woodland areas providing buffers between cultivated areas and the abundant wetlands on our property. All of these efforts will increase habitat for wildlife and allow the land to return to the natural order of things.
Our hope is that our flowers bring calm, joy and beauty into your daily life. Whether you are visiting our farmstand or picking up a bucket of flowers for your next event, we want you to feel like part of our community.
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