Making It In Northern Michigan: Kalkaska Screw Products

Despite its name, there are no screws produced at Kalkaska Screw Products. “Basically, we make five different types of components, mostly for the automotive industry,” said President Kevin Schlueter. “But no screws.” From its facility just north of Kalkaska at 775 Rabourn Road, Kalkaska Screw Products (KSP)...

Local Investing – Creating A Sustainable Local Economy

Much like the slow food movement that focuses on food quality and nurturing a sustainable and resilient food system, there is also a “slow money” movement focused on creating a community that is healthy, sustainable and equitable – based on a local economy that is...

From Grapes To …Flour?

New products being created from the leftovers of winemaking. Don Coe knew there had to be a better way to utilize "waste" from winemaking. The owner of Black Star Farms was taking the residue – namely seeds and skins – and adding it to the fields as...

A Tip Of The Cap To TIF 2

Mistrust in government can sometimes skew perception into reality – to the point where it’s getting harder to even acknowledge much less appreciate things the government is doing exceedingly well. A significant anniversary of sorts is coming up in Traverse City, both worth celebration and contemplation...

Next Crop Shortage? Affordable Farmland

Mary Brower and her husband, Aaron, relocated to northern lower Michigan several years ago in search of affordable farmland. Together in May 2012 they launched Bluestem Farm in rural Antrim County and in the years since built an active community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and even...