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Waishkey Bay Farm

Children Planting at the Waishkey Bay Farm

Bay Mills Community College's Waishkey Bay Farm is a 40 acre property being developed as a teaching, research and incubator facility focusing on sustainable agriculture utilizing farming methods and techniques inherent in traditional Anishinaabek culture.  Current operations include hoop house vegetable production, hosting a community garden, pasture poultry production and processing, domestic blueberry production & novel berry research, tending honey bee hives and raising grass-fed beef.  Waishkey Bay Farm has been MAEAP verified since 2013.

Location/address : 10135 W Mills Road, Brimley, MI (location only, no mail service)

Hours:  M-F 9 am – 3 pm; call ahead as we often have off farm errands

Gitigaan Hall Phone:  (906)248-1097

Extensions:

Monica Young - Farm Manager, 101

Wilmer Noganosh - Farm Technician, 102

Cloud Sparks - Food Systems Technician, 105

Brianna Gunka - TCU VISTA, 104

Emails: 

Monica Young:  myoung@bmcc.edu

Wilmer Noganosh: waishkeybayfarm@bmcc.edu

Cloud Sparks: brimleybaymillsmkt@baymills.org

Brianna Gunka:  bgunka@bmcc.edu

Calender of Events

Monthly Wiisinidaa M’no Miijim (Let’s Eat Good Food)Potlucks/Meetings

Usually held the 2nd Thursday of the month (except in Aug, Sept, Dec) at
Gitigaan Hall, Waishkey Bay Farm, starting at 6:00 pm with meeting to follow     

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Wiisinidaa M’no Miijim  and Cottage Food Law Training

Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Wiisinidaa M’no Miijim  -- Domestic Mushroom Production?

Thursday, July 13, 2017 – Wiisinidaa M’no Miijim

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 – Wiisinidaa M’no Miijim

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 – Wiisinida M’no Miijim

 

Upcoming Events/Workshops:

Sat., May 6 10 am -3 pm Community Seed Starting Party, Waishkey Bay Farm

Sat. June 17, Wild Mushroom Identification Certification, time & location TBD

BMCC Science Camp, Summer 2017, dates TBD

Thursdays July 27 – October 5 Bay Mills/Brimley Farmers Market, 4 – 7 pm,

BMRC north parking lot

Sat. Aug. 12, Pasture Poultry Processing, time TBD, Waishkey Bay Farm

Sat. Aug. 26, Pasture Poultry Processing, time TBD, Waishkey Bay Farm

Sat. Sept. 2, Pasture Poultry Processing, time TBD, Waishkey Bay Farm

Sat. Sept. 9, Pasture Poultry Processing, time TBD, Waishkey Bay Farm

4th Annual Cider Squeeze, date & time TBD, Waishkey Bay Farm

3rd Annual Honey Pot Gathering, date & time TBD, Waishkey Bay Farm

Community Garden Plots – contact Cloud Sparks at 248-1097, ext. 105

Community Beef Herd Shares (whole, half or quarter live steer)

Pasture Poultry (processed chicken)

Natural Honey

This program started in 2016 to encourage community ownership of the beef herd at Waishkey Bay Farm.  Folks have the option of purchasing an entire herd share (1 live steer), ½ herd share (1/2 live steer) or ¼ herd share (1/4 live steer).  Your cattle are raised in a good, healthy, sustainable way.  We have sourced great, local grass-based genetics for cattle that thrive in a grass-fed system!  During the grazing season, your cattle are moved gently within grazing cells of each paddock in a rotational system.  In the winter, your cattle are fed hay grown without any chemicals on BMIC hay ground, as well as alfalfa pellets.  They do not consume grain or GMO feeds, of any kind.  As owners of the cattle, folks pay a monthly boarding fee for alfalfa pellets, straw (bedding), mineral & salt throughout the ownership period; there is no charge for hay grown on BMIC land or for farm staff’s labor.  When cattle are ready to be processed, they are hauled to the local processor of the owners’ choice; all processing costs are the responsibility of the owners.

If you are interested to learn more about this opportunity or to purchase a herd share in the Community Beef Herd for your own great-tasting, healthy, well-raised, local beef, please contact Monica Young, Waishkey Bay Farm Manager, at myoung@bmcc.edu or call (906)248-1097, ext. 101!  

Monica Young HeadshotMonica Young, Farm Manager – Monica has worked at Waishkey Bay Farm since Feb. 2013.  She started as a Land Grant Assistant and in June 2013, she was asked to take over management.  Monica has worked to have Waishkey Bay Farm become a place where the Anishinaabek of Bay Mills Indian Community and their neighbors can come together around the idea of Food Sovereignty and creating affordable access to healthy, sustainably raised, nutrient dense food raised from heirloom seeds, good animal husbandry practices, and caring for our Earth Mother.  She has been active in ensuring the farm’s verification in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) voluntary MDARD program.  She co-founded our community food sovereignty coalition, which later changed its name to Wiisinidaa M’no Miijim.  Waishkey Bay Farm staff also co-founded the Bay Mills/Brimley Farmers Market, which continues to grow.  Monica attended Iowa State University where she obtained B.S. degrees in Elementary Education (rural education focus) and Animal Science (beef cattle production & equine focus).  She has worked around livestock all her life and been involved in the grass-fed beef movement since 1995 when she managed a ranch in the Kansas Flinthills.  Following that, Monica worked for an extension-based program – Cow Herd Improvement Program Services (CHIPS) as the Central Iowa technician.  Her family then moved to Escanaba, MI where Monica worked as an Animal Health Technician with USDA/APHIS/Veterinary Services, mostly working with the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication program in the U.P.  Monica and her partner, Wilmer, along with their son, Raven, are honored to be working with the Anishinaabek of Bay Mills Indian Community as we pick up our traditional ways of providing --through growing, gathering, hunting & fishing--good food for our families and community! Monica can be contacted by phone at (906) 248-1097 ext. 101 or by email at myoung@bmcc.edu.


Wilmer Noganosh, Farm Technician - Can be contacted by phone at (906)248-1097 ext. 102 or by email at waishkeybayfarm@bmcc.edu


Cloud Sparks, Food Systems Technician - Can be contacted by phone at (906)248-1097 ext. 105 or by email at brimleybaymillsmkt@baymills.org.


Brianna Gunka, TCU VISTA - Brianna has committed herself to a full year of national service dedicated to eradicating poverty in America with AmeriCorps VISTA, focusing on Tribal Colleges and Universities. While her office is located at the Farm, Brianna is often found on Main Campus or around the greater Bay Mills area. Over the course of the next year, Brianna will assist in developing capacity for the Farm by writing grant proposals, developing Waishkey Bay Farm’s mission statement and strategic plan, developing workshops focusing on sustainable agriculture; healthy and nutritious living; and much more. Brianna can be contacted by phone at (906) 248-1097 ext. 104 or by email at bgunka@bmcc.edu.