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Local Farmers Get Creative To Continue To Thrive And Feed The Community

Washtenaw Organic Collaborative

As we all continue both personally and in the business world to try and figure out our new reality in light of our current global health crisis, Washtenaw County farmers are also finding ways to respond and grow.  WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with B Love Davis of White Lotus Farms and Kim Bayer & Kristen Muehlhauser of the Washtenaw Organic Collaborative about their efforts to keep their farms growing during the current health crisis and keep the community connected with healthy, locally-sourced food.

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Kristen Muehlhauser From Raindance Organic Farm in Whitmore Lake

Ann Arbor area farmers are getting creative with new ways to continue to harvest and share food even though we're under orders to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Members of the "Washtenaw Organic Collaborative" have created a website for people to order produce and other locally grown and created foods online.  

They said they are hearing from some local farmers who are struggling especially with local farm markets closed during the pandemic.  She said there is mutual benefit to the community and area farmers of having a thriving, local food system available.

Credit Kim Bayer / Slow Farm
Slow Farm
Slow Farm Crops

At White Lotus Farms, they are also offering a number of other locally produced foods and products for delivery or pick-up.  They are trying to make it a joyful experience at this difficult time, and people are safely spaced around the farm as they pick up their orders and visit with the goats on the farm.

Slow Farm
Credit Kim Bayer / Slow Farm
Slow Farm
Slow Farm Greenhouse


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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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