Dry summer, hot September stress farmers

By KALEY FECH Capital News Service LANSING — The record breaking temperatures in late September combined with the near drought like conditions throughout the summer is drying out Michigan crops and cows.   On the plus side: the heat produces … Continue reading →

Up North, sustainability is everywhere

By ERIC FREEDMAN Capital News Service   LANSING — What do a trail system linking Northwest Michigan communities, a small-scale organic vegetable farm that supplies local restaurants with fresh produce, citizen-scientists alert for invasive aquatics, apple researchers and critics of … Continue reading →

Student gets business started while still in college

It is 9:30 a.m. at Michigan State University, MSU junior entrepreneurship and innovation student Alexander Marx begins another unpredictable day of production for his co-founded company Land Grant Goods. The student-run company began as a club in 2014 until Marx took it under his wing in January 2017 as a student company affiliated in partnership with MSU. As Marx begins his day which includes the inventory of the day’s products — tea bags ready for sale — he journeys to the student organic farm where he finds his small team already hard at work, blending lemon grass, packaging products and finishing off tea products with the Land Grant stamp of approval. Marx’s company’s goal is to create quality products for East Lansing consumers in hopes of one day earning enough funds to invest profits for the company back into environmental initiatives at MSU, which includes partnerships with the Bailey Greenhouse and Urban Farm, Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment and MSU Culinary Services. But for now, the small company makes enough to cover labor and general business cost.

Organic produce trend reaches northern Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — The trend of organic produce is growing in society, as citizens are turning to allegedly healthier options across the board. Traverse City is following this direction with businesses like Oryana. General manager of Oryana tephen Nance says that their organic and natural foods and products have gone from being a small niche to mainstream with lots of availability in many stores. Oryana Natural Foods Market in Traverse City, allegedly originated on Randolph Street in 1973.