Access to Affordable Farmland: Problems, solutions

A single price point cannot define affordability. What’s affordable for some may not be affordable to others. So how do we solve a problem like “access to affordable farmland” when the definition can be so broad? We make personal connections with farmers and the community...

Agribusiness On The Grow

Before buzz words such as “agribusiness” and “agritourism,” or even the ever-popular refrain “buy local” were even thought of or really considered cool in northern Michigan, there were people in the business of farming and producing goods locals could enjoy. Yet, they were largely invisible...

Talking Cherry

The push to spread the story of the tart cherry – both nationally and globally – is stronger than ever. The TC Business News (TCBN) checked in with the Dewitt-based Cherry Marketing Institute for a report on the latest target markets and the biggest challenge...

Putting The “Grow” In Grow Benzie

Josh Stoltz has a lot he wants to do. Seven months on the job as the first full-time paid executive director of Benzonia nonprofit Grow Benzie, the 39-year-old Stoltz is immersed in everything from examining ways to provide a broader outlet for farmers’ produce, to promoting...

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...

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...

William Koucky: Oil Entrepreneur

Grand Traverse Culinary Oils just fulfilled its largest order to date. Grocery chain Kroger is now carrying the oils in 30 of its Michigan stores. Considering the first bottles of homegrown canola and sunflower oils were just available last November, the jump to a major supermarket...

Here Come the Pests!

LOCAL MOSQUITOS SOMETHING   Because of potential impact on agriculture, tourism and other aspects of the economy, controlling the wide variety of pests is vital to the Grand Traverse region. Whether it’s crawling critters, skunks, moles or voles, pesky pests can definitely impact quality of life for locals and visitors...