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Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT podcast

Jan 17, 2020

Caleb Stewart raises hogs, grows cash crops, and buys and sells farm equipment.  After graduating from Michigan State, he started farming with his parents, Carol and Jim.  Three years ago, he and his wife Teresa, along with their two kids, became sole proprietors in Bannister.  Caleb loves traveling, going to Houghton...


Dec 21, 2019

Mike Klumpp and his wife Jaime own AgMarvels, where they help hemp farmers grow, process, and sell their crop.  They also grow their own hemp, as well as corn, soybeans, and wheat.  Mike and Jaime are entrepreneurs, and the hemp business is just one of many of their current endeavors.  Between farming, crop insurance,...


Dec 14, 2019

Jim and Jean Reverman grow and sell Christmas trees from Reverman Farms in Grand Ledge.  They have recently started painting trees – not just green, but purple, pink, and even a patriotic red, white & blue.  When he’s not shearing trees, Jim also works for the Michigan Department of Transportation.  The couple has...


Dec 7, 2019

Mike Mathis is the director of MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, which gives 22,000 visitors a year the chance to experience hands-on agriculture.  From milking goats to growing kale, the farm offers a variety of programming and camps for the community.  After growing up on a crop and livestock farm, Mike taught...


Dec 7, 2019

Jeff VanderWerff farms in Western Michigan, where he and his family grow 2000 acres of corn, soybeans, and apples.  He’s currently transitioning his orchard into an organic operation.  A self-professed salesman at heart, he also started an ag retail business named Gold Coast Sales LLC.  He lives in Kent City with his...