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Friday, April 1, 2011

Welcome to the Hubbell Farm Blog

Welcome to a spot where we'll discuss the local food movement, sustainable living, raising natural beef, chicken, pork, poultry, and Shire Horses. Okay, it's a home spot for the Hubbell Farm which produces local foods. But it's also a place where I'm gonna think out loud about some of the issues/challenges surrounding our culture in the coming century.

Of course, here in Michigan, where we are facing foreclosures, disappearing jobs, and the state losing money hand over fist, people might wonder if we don't have more important things to worry about than what's happening on a little farm in the Northern part of the state. Consider us a microcosm, a possibility, a potential direction for the future.

Before we visit the future, let's take a trip to the past.

On November 1, 1978, we purchased the 80 acre Pete and Bernadine Galla Farm in beautiful rolling Leelanau County, Michigan. Part of our “purchase price” was the promise to Pete Galla to continue to farm the land.

We have focused our production model on providing service to those who, like us, strive to put up their food seasonally. We forward contract the animals in the spring for that year. Most of our customers have one or two freezers for food storage and preservation.

Contracting with our customers at the beginning of the year provides a stable market for our animals. That allows us to purchase our inputs at the beginning of the season so that we can commit to a price which is fair to both of us. It also allows our customers to “own” their own farm animals. We encourage you to bring your family and see “your” animals and how they are raised.

Check out links to our home page to the left. You can even order some naturally raised meats if you are so inclined.

More on sustainable futures later.........

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