The Land

The Land: Kistlercrest Farm, 5 generations of making maple syrup.

March 10, 2017
Dan Kistler continues to work the sugar shack at 85-years-old.

The Land: Kistlercrest Farm, 5 generations of making maple syrup. #TheLand. The Land is a monthly series that appears on Mason County Press featuring local agriculture. If you have a suggestion for a Land story, please email [email protected] By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. SUMMIT TOWNSHIP — The roots of Kistlercrest Farms grow pretty deep and the trees grow pretty tall. The…

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The Land: A place of abundance at Manistee County’s Westwind Orchards.

November 12, 2016
Dave Smeltzer

#TheLand #ManisteeCountyAgriculture By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. ONEKAMA TOWNSHIP (Manistee County) — Up on M-22, about between Onekama and Arcadia, is orchard country. Much of the orchards in this area are owned by Westwind Orchards, which is part of the Smeltzer family legacy of farming in these parts. The land this M-22 runs through is some of the best fruit producing…

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The Land: Generational lessons at the Bob Ohse Farm.

October 25, 2016
Bob Ohse, left, and Jacob Zwagerman.

The Land: Generational lessons at the Bob Ohse Farm. #TheLand #MasonCounty Agriculture By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. BRANCH TOWNSHIP — Farming is more than just a job and it’s more than just a business. It’s a lifestyle and its tradition. But, there reaches a point when a farmer needs to make a decision on what happens to the farm when he…

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The Land: The challenges of chestnuts, Conrad Farms.

October 5, 2016
Pete and Connie Conrad

  The Land: The challenges of chestnuts, Conrad Farms. #TheLand #MasonCountyAgriculture By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. AMBER TOWNSHIP — Just a few miles southwest of Scotville, along the banks of the Pere Marquette River, on the road named after the family, is Conrad Farms. The farm’s origins date back to the mid-1880s, making it one of the oldest, continuously operated farms…

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The Land: Farm tour demonstrates diversity of Mason County agriculture.

September 10, 2016
The Land: Farm tour demonstrates diversity of Mason County agriculture.

  #MasonCountyAgriculture #TheLand By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. RIVERTON TOWNSHIP — A tour of three southwestern Mason County farms Friday night demonstrated why this county is considered one of the most agriculturally diverse counties in Michigan. The Mason-Lake Conservation District, along with the Mason County Farm Bureau, coordinated a farm tour, which began at a dairy farm, followed by a blueberry…

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