USDA Certified Organic
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Brines Farm LLC is a diversified vegetable, fruit, and nut farm operation, and tree & shrub nursery, originally established in 2004. All of our vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, nuts, and tree nursery items are third-party certified USDA Organic and we are a State of Michigan licensed and inspected tree nursery grower. We offer year-round CSA options and year-round farmers market sales, plus seasonal off-farm/roadside stand sales. We additionally sell trees and shrubs, primarily focused on bare-root sales in the spring. Our guiding principles are founded in the science and methods of agroecology, restoration agriculture, and regenerative agriculture. We steward over 90 acres across 2 sites in Webster Township, Washtenaw County, with frontage on Arms Creek, the healthiest tributary in the Huron River watershed. 75 of our acres were preserved in perpetuity with a conservation easement.
Our organic certifier is Troy, Michigan based Perry Johnson Registrars Food Safety, Inc., who became accredited by the USDA recently to be an organic certifier. They are the first and only Michigan based organic certifier that we are aware of in over 15 years. However, they do not have accreditation that allows them to officially certify our eggs, so our eggs are the only item we sell that are not certified organic.
Leading farmer and visionary Shannon Brines wears additional hats. An applied geographer and lecturer at the University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability since 1998 he is involved with projects and teaching at the intersections of environment, sustainability, geographic information systems, remote sensing, geospatial data science, public health, agriculture, and agroecology. Shannon has a long history of community involvement and service. Currently he serves as chair of Slow Food Huron Valley, vice-chair of the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council, and Secretary of the Washtenaw County Conservation District.