Welcome to our farm! We are a small family farm set in a larger farm community in beautiful northern lower Michigan.
Community is at the heart of our farm. Through the natural systems of the farm, we seek to build soil communities, a healthy environment for our family, and relationships in our greater community to provide good food for those around us.
Pasture, the product of sunshine and soil, is the basis of our meat production. Green grass, sunshine, and fresh air enable us to raise healthier, happier animals that result in the best tasting, highest quality meat possible. Our chickens, pigs, turkeys, dairy cows, and other assorted livestock enjoy living the life they were meant to live. The process is based on natural systems, making it more ecologically resilient. Since fresh food is higher quality, we get our meats as direct-to-you as possible.
Our farming experience started in Montana on 13 dry acres. We started with raising our own food: chickens for meat and eggs, turkeys, a large garden, milk goats, rabbits, pigs, and beef cattle. A horse added to the menagerie. Tongue-in-cheek I named us “Green Acres” after the old show as Mark had no previous experience with animals and here we were raising everything possible! We came to see that self-sufficiency meant using natural means rather than chemicals. As we learned about the benefits of naturally raised food we decided to pursue that avenue. When we moved our growing family to Michigan we decided to join the local, sustainable food community. Our family of eleven all contribute to the operation of our farm, from feeding the laying hens and gathering eggs to managing the broiler chickens, building fences to slopping the hogs, helping process the beans, corn, cabbage and other garden produce to milking the cows everyone is involved. We raise our animals on grass as much as possible.
Pasture raised animals have a reputation for being higher in the vitamins supplied by the sun and fresh, green grass, especially vitamins E & D and cancer fighting Omega-3 fatty acids. The fresh environment also produces meat with superior flavor and texture. We have a MDA licensed and USDA custom exempt inspected processing facility on farm so that we can process our own animals as stress-free as possible. We have experimented and developed our own curing and sausage recipes that do not contain MSG or synthetic nitrates. We’ve sought to develop a farm where our children can run and play and grow without worrying about chemical pesticides or chemical fertilizers on the grass they wrestle in or the tomatoes they eat fresh from the garden.
We welcome folks who value the best quality food and food that will build their bodies to partner with us in this venture.
We can be contacted at:
Baker’s Green Acres, Inc.
Mark & Jill Baker
1579 Brinks Rd.
Marion, MI 49665
Come join us in the quest for great food and great community!