As you are winding down Ann Arbor road near the farm, you can't help but be transported back in time. The surrounding area around the property is covered in old farms, quiet family homes, and beautiful nature. Many community members have pointed out that this is one of the most wonderful things about Plymouth. Something they cherish and would like to preserve as long as possible. This same feeling is shared by all of us, especially Mary Emmett, the owner of Gateway Farm. After many years of success with Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill, a friend of Mary's suggested that she buy the property where the old driving range used to be. For a while she thought the idea was a little silly but, over time, she realized that if she didn't buy the property and do something meaningful with it, there was a good chance that someone else would buy the property, and use it for something not so meaningful. She loved the location of the property, thinking of it almost like a grand entrance for the community. Keeping that in mind, she wanted to use the space for not only something beautiful but also something nourishing. She settled on the idea of an organic farm, something that checked both of those boxes. After plotting the fields and planting cover crop, the first chapter of Gateway Farm began.
Since writing this a few seasons back, a lot has changed around the farm. Our soil has drastically improved, as we continue to make amendments each season. Our new irrigation system is tremendously helpful and has helped us to work more efficiently. We have added 3 new structures. All of which are helping to extend our growing season, and we look forward to growing more crops in the winter. We have partnered with Resilient Spirals, a permaculture design group that is not only making our farm more aesthetically beautiful but also encouraging more bio diversity on our land. We have an outstanding team this year. Each of them bringing years of experience, a great work ethic, and a righteous attitude! Wading in to uncharted territory that is online sales has been surprisingly fun, we have learned a lot and we are continuing to learn and evolve every day.
The future looks bright at Gateway farm. Our goal is to continue to provide our community with local, nutrient dense food. Down the line we are hoping to pair our produce and mission, with education, community, and making great memories.