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Mar 17, 2010 05:05 PM

Michigan Micro Farms

I recently was introduced to this start-up operation, Michigan Micro Farms. The idea behind it is that you can acquire a small plot of land on a yearly basis to grow a garden in an organic environment. It's a great opportunity for people without access to a garden to have fresh organic fruits and vegetables during the growing season. They care for the garden for you and you can go out and harvest the vegetables on your own. Even better, if you have more than you can use, they'll take it to the farmers market and split the proceeds with you. For the more ambitious "green thumbs" you can take more control over your garden and they'll simply handle the watering.

Check out the website:

I'm interested in getting some feedback from the Chowhound community because I'm seriously considering signing up. It could become an interesting new hobby.

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  1. Here's a link to a recent newspaper article as well. I spoke with them this morning and I'm headed to pick out a plot early next week. Now I just need to figure out what to grow.

    4 Replies
    1. re: qriusminds

      It sounds interesting...too far away for me though and I have a tiny garden in my back yard.

      Plus a couple hundred bucks buys a LOT of produce at the Farmers Market.

      1. re: coney with everything

        I'm not sure why this isn't considered a CSA? Sounds like one to me...the kind where you get to pick what produce you get.

        1. re: momskitchen

          The difference between the yellow thumb and a CSA is that with the yellow thumb you have complete control over what type and variety of produce you wish to have. We also offer the green thumb which allow people to grow their own produce in an organic environment with our support. Thank you to qriusminds for starting this post.

          1. re: michiganmicrofarms

            I thought this post was some kind of weird advertisement. But, this actually looks like a really neat thing. Questions (for anybody in the know on this): If I paid for a small Yellow Thumb (250sqft) plot and some seeds, all I would need to do is just drive by, say, every Saturday and pick my stuff? How much would the average variety of seeds/starter-plants cost extra, total? I wouldn't even have to plant them or pick weeds? Is fertilizer involved? Could I be segregated from the Green Thumb guys, who may cheat and spread chemicals in their and the adjacent areas?
            Quite interesting. I'm glad Chowhound is allowing this discussion to be publically held on the local board, as the concept, regardless of a particular business, is important to us Detroit/Burb city folk.

    2. We just signed up! Depending on the rain, we hope to plant onions this weekend. We have also started tomato, pepper, and herb plants indoors.
      Yes $150 can buy a lot of food at a farmers market, but we have always canned tomatoes and put beans and corn in the freezer, so we see this as a money saver. and as Alton Brown says "grow something" You will feel good about it.