Address: Ann Arbor MI / (734) 649-1654
About Us / Dyer Family Organic Farm History: Featuring Dick's Pretty Good Garlic! Over 40 kinds of garlic grown organically!Our farm was started (at last!) in 2009 as our 'encore careers', definitely not retirement or as a 'hobby farm' (however that is defined). Dick first had a successful career as a research scientist and Diana as a Registered Dietitian (RD). We have loved gardening (our first date back in 1970 was weeding Dick's campus garden), food, and cooking together since we first met, so making the jump to actual farming for our community was a big step but seemed to be a natural step. A quote from Diana Dyer's blog dianadyer.com: "Our farm name is very simple - The Dyer Family Organic Farm. However, our 'tag line' ("Shaping our future from the ground up") has a deep meaning to it. Our farm is doing just that, shaping the future of our personal lives plus that of our local community by growing healthy food in healthy soil, literally from the ground up, a grass-roots effort. We are a small part of the process of developing local/regional agriculture and food systems that will produce "Good Food", which in Michigan's newly adopted Good Food Charter is defined as food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable/accessible.My "touchstone" as an organic farmer and long-time Registered Dietitian is the following quotation, which I hope is one that all RDs will find to be a good professional fit in the near future:"Soil is the tablecloth under the banquet of civilization." ~~ Steven Stoll, The Larding of the Lean Earth, 2002I love that image and find both joy and meaning while working every single day as an RD-Organic Farmer.Farming is also a natural segue from Dick's long successful career as a research scientist as there is nothing actually predictable with farming (just like a science experiment), just lots of planning, implementation, observing results, and then understanding of the outcomes and planning again! As 'old-new farmers', our farm is meant to keep us young. So far it seems to be working. It is a non-stop life but we are still having fun.