As a small, but scaling-up farm with limited staffing and a commitment to organic growing practices, Lost Lake Farm is invested in simple and small systems for efficiency including mulching systems, the paper pot transplanter, and specialized weeding tools such as wheel hoes with finger weeders. Come visit to see some of these tools in action and learn about the ways that they abundantly produce pastured pork and a diverse array of naturally grown vegetables to share with their neighbors in Benzie County. As Crosshatch and Oryana Farm Microloan recipients, Nathan and Carissa will talk about a variety of alternative funding solutions that have supported their farm growth.
Lost Lake Farm is a small family farm located just north of Honor, Michigan, owned and operated by Carissa Savage and Nathan Cornell. They raise pigs on pasture and grow 1.5 acres of vegetables. The farm supplies two farmers markets, a free choice CSA, and local restaurants - all in Benzie County. In their prior lives, Nathan and Carissa lived and traveled all over the country, from Arizona to Alaska to Oregon and many places in between. Nathan was trained as a chef and Carissa worked as a teacher and community organizer. A shared love of quality food and the outdoors drew them to farming, and when they decided to put down roots, Nathan's native Northern Michigan was a natural choice. When they aren't wholly consumed by the farm they enjoy hiking, biking and paddling through the area.