The wife-husband team Melody and Lynn Nye believe metro Detroiters deserve better than pork and chicken raised on huge factory farms.
So their Melo Farm in Yale, Mich., uses sustainable cage-free methods to raise hogs and chickens for sale at Detroit’s Eastern Market.
On Tuesday, they received one of six new grants from the Charter One Bank’s Charter One Foundation’s Growing Communities program, which supports local farmers and farmers’ markets.
The Nyes will use their $3,000 grant to buy a cargo trailer to increase the amount of product they can sell in Eastern Market, thus boosting their business.
The other recipients include The Brinery, an Ann Arbor business specializing in natural brine fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles. It received a $3,000 grant to help buy a vegetable processor.
Also, Fuhr’s Valley View Fruit Farm in Imlay City will receive a $3,000 grant to help buy an automated donut-making machine. J&M Farm in Allenton, Mich., will receive $2,900 to boost meat-processing capacity.
Rising Pheasant Farms on Detroit’s east side will receive $3,000 to help create a solar-passive green house to extend their season. And Knagg Creek Farm in southwest Detroit will get $1,600 toward a watering system and perennial fruit stock.