Rock River Farm was established in 2009 by three friends with a dream of building a diversified market farm. We grew veggies and raised livestock, utilizing permaculture techniques along the way to build our soil and feed the livestock. These were formative years. We discovered what worked for us and for our parcel of land. We built a farm from a field. Cultivated the land, picked rocks, installed fences, made compost, raised all sorts of livestock, grew veggies and planted fruit trees. Through all this we discovered our love for plants and cut flowers.
Today, we are a 6 acre farm growing cut flowers and veggies managed by Rowan & Shailah Bunce. Our farm has become one of the largest flower farms in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with two and a half acres of annual and perennial flowers in production. We grow a huge variety of flowers for different markets, including weddings, which have been featured in magazines. Our produce is picked at peak maturity and used in our catering events or sold at the Marquette Farmers Market and several restaurants in our region. Each year we flip through seed catalogs in the winter and choose the tastiest heirloom and hybrid varieties available. Like most farmers, we have a deep love for food. We can’t help but try new and old varieties. As summer fades, we clean up the fields, digging potatoes and dahlias for winter storage and curing squash in the last long rays of the sun. As winter begins in the Upper Peninsula, we begin coppicing curly willow and harvesting evergreen boughs for holiday wreath production. By January, we are exhausted but excited as ever to start planning for the coming season. As Rowan says “In life you only get about 40 or so tries at farming and then you’re dead” we are always working towards the perfect season.
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