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Farmstead Feed: Jill shares the latest from the Farmstead Desk

Fun in the shop: meet the chicken processing team

We have a day off in the shop today.  The chicken processing shop is usually humming on Fridays, which is when we do custom chicken processing.  The weekly routine is that people who have scheduled their birds (chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea hens) or rabbits...

Business changes, Passion doesn’t

The more things change, the more things stay the same. So the saying goes.  Did 2017 bring change for you?  Maybe 2018 is the year those changes are really felt. This year is our year of change.  Our business model is changing.  But our passion is still the same.  You...

Fall pigs: why now is the time to get your hog!

Way back when, long ago, in the mists of time, the folks who homesteaded the land had hogs.  Fat hogs.  Hardy hogs.  Hogs that didn’t need a lot of pampering and could live off the land.  Even in the fall, going into winter, there were no worries about taking...

Integrity Matters: know or learn to be your farmer

“Trust is the combination of intelligence and integrity.” “Husbandry, which is not replaceable by science, nevertheless uses science, and corrects it too. It is the more comprehensive discipline. To reduce husbandry to science, in practice, is to...

Pasture (Grass) plus Chickens: goodness to share

  Last night was a idyllic summer evening: warm, just a little humid from the day and the threatening clouds, rosy colored sky.  The chickens on the pasture (real, actual grass) were resting, waiting for their dinner.  These chickens are content.  They have room...

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Talkin’ Turkey – Fresh Pasture Raised Turkey’s

Broad breasted turkeys roaming green grass in the fall.If you haven’t had Baker Brothers’ Bird on your Thanksgiving table, you haven’t had a turkey to be thankful for!  Joe and Keith have raised some fine birds again this year.  We can vouch for them because we already tried one.  It’s a perk of having the business holders under our roof.  The meat was flavorful–even the white meat–and had a nice texture.

Here is what makes these birds fantastic:

  • They have been raised on pasture, soaking in the sun and eating grass and bugs the way turkeys should.  The nutrition they gain this way gives them the extra flavor and texture that sets them apart.
  • They have been fed GMO free feed.
  • They are hand processed on the farm for a stress free, chemical free harvest.
  • They are never injected with a saline brine, they are 100% turkey.
  • They are reasonably priced at a fair trade rate of $3.50/lb.
  • They are fresh, not frozen, when you receive them.

To reserve your turkey, click  “order now”  and order to reserve your bird.  The balance will be due at pick-up.

There are a few ways to acquire your turkey:

  1. Pick it up at the farm on Tuesday the 25th or Wednesday the 26th.
  2. Joe delivers in Cadillac on Tuesday evening for a $10 delivery charge.
  3. Rose delivers to the Kingsley area on Tuesday evenings for a 15% delivery charge.
  4. Mark delivers to Traverse City on Friday the 21st for a 15% delivery charge.  If you want a Traverse City delivery, we need to know by Thursday the 20th to have it ready to go on Friday.

Pasture raised, GMO free turkeys Get your name on the list soon, because the Baker Brothers’ Birds are going fast!



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“Back in the Revolutionary War days, when this country was founded; every farm had to be Red Meated pigs. What we’re talking about here, how the State of Michigan is making it illegal to own pigs that every farm in this country had up until refrigeration was invented.”

“It’s no longer about pigs, it’s about constitutional rights; and the pendulum is swinging right now. It’s the same thing we did over 200 years ago. We said “One group does not take away the constitutional rights away from the people.”

The Government of the state of Michigan has taken action against hog farmers through the unlawful use of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. By means of implementing an unconstitutional ISO (Invasive Species Order); all breeds of swine that are raised outside or on pasture are subject to be depopulated as of April 1st, 2012.

Mark Baker, a twenty year Air Force veteran, Roger Turunen, Greg Johnson, and Matt Tingsted are the only remaining hog farmers in Michigan outside of the corporate pork industry who have revolted against this order. Roughly 2,000 farms have been affected and many farmers have been threatened with felony arrest and large fines to massacre their herds of heritage swine.

These men are fighting for your freedom to be able to choose what you feed to your families. Currently, the DNR has Bakers Green Acres and the remaining farm warriors under siege, as the Invasive Species Order eliminates all possibilities to sell or to transport their animals across state lines.

Visit for updates on the situation and to show your support by donating a few dollars to the cause.

Kyle Miron
The Frontiersmen Media Group

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Bakers Green Acres VS Michigan Department of Natural Resources July Edition

There have been several media reports lately that can update you on what’s happening with the pigs:

Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund blog

Kimberley Hartke: podcast link to her interview with Mark on the bottom of the blog

DNR Director Rodney Stokes is out

MDARD Director Keith Creagh is in

The issue of replacing Rodney Stokes is incredible.  Mark’s experience in the US Air Force gave him a context for understanding this.  It is akin to changing Generals in the middle of a war.  “Moved” translates “fired,” except that the person doesn’t lose the paycheck.  Despite the stonewall responses everyone has been getting from the Department and the Administration for the last months, your voices have been heard!  Things got uncomfortable enough that the Governor had to do something.  So, Mr. Stokes is now in charge of “placemaking” in Detroit and a new General will head the DNR.  Keep up the pressure, it’s working!  There is a petition attached to the Farm to Consumer blog to help keep your voice heard.  It is interesting to note that the Department has not taken action to enforce the ISO on anyone else.  They made their show and would very much like it if you’d all go home now.  They aren’t reckoning on the tenacity of people who value freedom.

The next expected action will be depositions in preparation for the court dates starting in October.  Depositions are the process of procuring information with only a court reporter, the lawyers and the individual in question.  A judge supervises from afar but only steps in if there is a specific law issue.  The person must answer all questions.  It is not a trial, merely a fact seeking process.  It is a costly process, but necessary to get to the bare facts.

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