The Land

Century-old Fox Barn thrives as unique winery.

July 22, 2018

Century-old Fox Barn thrives as unique winery. #FoxBarnWinery Story and photos by Fred Inglis, Contributing Writer. BENONA TOWNSHIP — The Fox Barn Winery celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer, and that iconic red barn is a major part of its attraction and success. Anyone who lives in Oceana County can appreciate and admire old barns. While some are showing their…

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Blueberries and all that jazz! U-pick season begins.

July 6, 2018

Blueberries and all that jazz! U-pick season begins. #TheLand. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. BENONA TOWNSHIP — U-pick blueberry season begins this Saturday, July 7, at Jazz U-Pick/We-Pick Blueberries farm, 7223 W. Grant Road. Katie and Bob Jazwinski used to sit up at night and talk about their dream house. They wanted to raise their kids in the country. “The conversation…

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The Land: Fruit expert joins local extension office.

April 24, 2018

The Land: Fruit expert joins local extension office. #TheLand By Allison Scarbrough, Editor. HART — David Jones has recently joined the Michigan State University Extension Office as the West Central Michigan Tree Fruit Extension Educator. Jones, who has a master’s degree in plant pathology and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, offers valuable knowledge for local…

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The Land: Maple Grove Farms, making syrup for 7 decades.

March 28, 2018

  The Land: Maple Grove Farms, making syrup for 7 decades. #TheLand. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — Just south of the Mason-Oceana line, on 120th Avenue, sits Maple Grove Farms, owned by Jerry and Bernice Shafer. Jerry’s parents, Herb and Betty Shafer, moved to the farm when Jerry was 1-year-old, almost 79 years ago, from Indiana where Herb…

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The Land: Asparagus packing, a new generation of farming at Oomen Bros.

June 13, 2017

  The Land: Asparagus packing, a new generation of farming at Oomen Bros. #TheLand #OceanaCountyAgriculture. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. The Land is a monthly series that focuses on the agriculture industry in Oceana County.  CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — Oomen Bros. Inc. is a four generation 2,000-acre farm located in eastern Oceana County that farms 300 acres of asparagus. Five years ago,…

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