We love farming. We started Sunseed Farm in the Fall of 2009 and started our CSA in May of 2010. We came by this land through our friends and CSA members Chip and Kathleen Letts, who own the land and live in the great big barn up the road.
Our work here has been a process of building community, soil and infrastructure, as well as establishing a solid force of farmers to grow food. Read about each of our stories below...
I'm Tomm Becker. I love farming because it brings me joy. My rewards are faith in seeding, giving of water, surrender to the weather, hard work, a plentiful harvest and a healthy community. When I started farming it came from my desire for adventure. I loved it from the moment I began. While I studied to earn my degree in English Literature from MSU, I worked at the MSU Student Organic Farm and at Owosso Organics. After I graduated, I began working as the Production Manager at the Student Organic Farm, where we implemented what is now the premier organic farming training program in the region. Now I am working with other beginning farmers through my role on the Steering Team of the Tilian Farm Development Center, and working to preserve our local farmland on the Ann Arbor Township Farmland and Open Space Preservation Board. Trilby and I are ready to bring the strength we have together to this enterprise, and are thrilled at the extraordinary opportunity we have.
I'm Trilby. I was born and raised in New York City, half a block from Central Park. The park was my refuge growing up. I would often "run away" for the day, only to be found lying in a field or reading in a tree somewhere. Perhaps because nature is at such a premium in the city I always felt that it was something precious and fragile that needed defending. I gladly took up the cause. I have had several careers but my work has usually had an environmental component, be it interning in the Office on Environmental Policy for Al Gore, making social issues documentaries or working for the Center for International Forestry Research in Brazil. After five years in the Amazon, I moved to the Midwest to get a Masters in geography with a concentration in gender, justice and environmental change, thinking that I would eventually go back to work for an international NGo that funded programs in South America. And then something truly remarkable happened. Tomm Becker smiled at me at a potluck and we've been together ever since. I always wanted love and a garden, and now I am joyfully embarking on the greatest love and the biggest garden I ever dreamed of. As a farmer, I can combine my commitment to sustainable lifeways with creative expression and public outreach. I look forward to a greater intimacy with the earth than I've ever known as a student, a filmmaker or an activist. I hope you'll join Tomm and me on this wonderful journey!
Hello! I am Matthew Keating, born of Detroit and raised in the sunny pastures of Hillsdale Mi; I call Ann Arbor my home now. I found my way to farming through the kitchen, when I was studying culinary arts at Washtenaw CC. My intent, roughly, was to find out what everything tastes like and I knew the only way to do this was to find the highest quality produce in the area. Sunseed has been an unparalleled source in this journey and I am excited to grow along side of it and all that it encompasses. If you see me please say hello!
I'm Ben Hicks. Throughout my life I have always had a deep love of the outdoors. I grew up in Ann Arbor, but spent much of my time on my grandparents' farm in Dexter, or canoeing, hiking and camping. After high school I spent some time traveling the country where I was to see many different landscapes and climates. After it all I found myself back in Michigan at the MSU Organic Farmer Training Program, and have since fallen in love with growing food.