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Shady Side Farm

Shady Side Farm

In 1992, Mike Bronkema and his wife had the opportunity to purchase a working farm, after working occasionally with the retiring farmer he knew this was an offer he couldn’t pass up. At that time, the farm was a side job, they raised chickens and farmed conventionally, they now also raise sheep and cows and grow a variety of dry beans. In 1996 Mike quit his day job and started farming full-time. It was then, the Bronkemas started composting their chicken manure, and over time he learned more and more about the nutrients and minerals in the soil. They later realized that they might as well farm organically, so the Bronkemas became organic certified crop sellers.

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