Tilian Farm Development Center
Through the development of a Beginning Farmer Program in southeast Michigan, FSEP is able to partner with other organizations including Selma Cafe to increase the number of new farmers entering the field, thus increasing the production of food for the local market, creating jobs for Michigan residents and economic opportunity for the farming community.
FSEP is the organization that serves as the fiduciary for the Tilian Farm Development Center in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor Township owns 153 acres with a vision to utilize this property to promote new farming and agricultural business development. The mission of Tilian Farm Development Center is to facilitate new farm-business development in order to increase year-round diversified food production for local markets. “Tilian” is the Old English root word of “to till or to cultivate; to strive; to obtain.” FSEP is a founding member of the Steering Committee. The group chose the name to represent the mission of having a vital local farm economy that will transform the land. To learn more about the Beginning Farmer Program or the Tilian Farm Development Center, contact Jennifer Fike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tilian Information http://tiliancenter.wordpress.com/
For information on the Tilian Residency CSA and to sign up click here, or email Rachel Beyer, Tilian CSA Farm Manager at email@example.com or call 812-322-8835. Beyond farm shares for families, there are also shares available for restaurants and other institutions. Sign up now and support year-round farming in the Ann Arbor area. The farmers that are participating in the farm incubator program include Ben Fidler of Bending Sickle Community Farm, Jill Sweetman and Nate Lada of Green Things Farm, Alex Cacciari and Mark Nowak of Seeley Farm, Mikey Formisano of Meristem Farm, and Bill Bass of Honest Eats Farm. Many of the farms sell at the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market, to local grocers including the People’s Food Co-op and sell CSA shares, so check them out and support our farmers!
Research on Beginning Farmers
Through a partnership with the University of Michigan’s Community Based Research Fellowship Program, FSEP conducted Beginning Farmer Research in 2010 to determine the market opportunity for new programming. As the farming community continues to age, the need for new farmers becomes increasingly important. One way to increase the number of farmers in production is through Beginning Farmer programs that provide financial, and educational support, in addition to providing access to tools and land. Future Farmer Research Project Report
Tilian Farm Development Center is supported by the USDA Farmers’ Market Promotion Program and has received additional support from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.