A local farm that produces specially-made products and ties in direct marketing shows how many farmers place high importance on being good stewards of the land.
Greener Grass Farms near Allen, owned by Dan and Deb Marsh, is a small- to medium-size, grass-fed forage beef and poultry operation. They direct market their products.
The farm was verified by the Michigan Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) in all three systems (livestock, farmstead and cropping) in August 2012 and re-verified in 2015.
MAEAP Verifier Allison Dauer said that by participating in all three systems, producers can comprehensively evaluate their entire farming operation for potential environmental risks.