The Rebel Story

Steve purchased the land in 2006. He intended to use it for hunting property and weekend relaxing but for that first year he leased it out to a local farmer who planted corn. Not long after that, we found out that the property was part of a critical watershed for the St Joseph River and a possible wildlife migration stop. We quit the idea of corn and beans and began to restore the property back to its natural state with the help of the Wetland Restoration Act. We restored ponds that had been filled in, planted over 8000 native trees and created a grass prairie out of the old fields. We do still farm the land, however, only in small areas that are strategically placed to enhance the wildlife corridors we are creating.Out of the 60 acres, only three acres are used for row crops and those rows are not tilled, but instead, have at least 40 varieties of companion plants growing along with our main crop, hemp. We also have a natural paw paw forest, sugar maples for syrup and fields of medicinal herbs that grow in tandem with the prairie grass . The name Rebel came from the fact that most farm folk thought we were crazy……I think they still do. We do not conform to normal farming practices. However, last year we experienced the monarch migration, the return of the woodcock, pheasant and biterns and so much more. 

To some it all up we wanted to create something bigger than ourselves.  We want to make an impact, a proto type, if you will,for living in harmony with nature and a legacy to carry on into the future.

Upcoming markets & events

Here are a few upcoming Farmer's Market and Event dates. Mark your calendars and make sure you stop to say hello!

Farmer's Market: Hillsdale, Saturdays, 9:00 am until 1:00

Event: Mushroom Workshop has been rescheduled to October 2nd. Please contact me if you need a refund! Otherwise we will see you Saturday October 2nd. Bonus: Its paw paw season!!!!

Why is Rebel different?

Like most farmers we are up with the sun. In most cases we try to beat the sun, particularly in the hemp field.  On a typical day we know that if you are in the field by 7 am you can water the hemp and be out by 10:00 am, just when the sun comes up over the hardwood forest. 

 

Harvesting on this farm is a year round event. We tap trees in February, boil syrup in March and April, next we clone hemp and prepare it for field planting in June. In May and June we plant the seeds of our food garden. And the fall is harvest for paw paw fruit and hemp.

 

I guess what makes us different is the diversity in what we grow and how we grow it. You won’t see row crops with bare soil here. We grow in cover which means we sow seeds by drilling instead of tilling which helps reduce compaction and soil erosion as well as increase organic matter. We seed edible cover such as kale and radishes, peas and beans just to name a few, their job is to improve soil structure and promote  better water infiltration and feed us too!

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