Welcome to Bertrand Farm, Inc.
Bertrand Farm Inc. is a not-for-profit educational facility. Our mission is to connect people to their food in a way that promotes healthy farming, healthy eating and earth stewardship. We provide project based education for all ages. This web site gives you the opportunity to learn more about us and our programs. We are located in Niles, Michigan, just 1/4 mile north of the Indiana state line.
Bertrand Farm spans nearly eleven acres. The grounds include an active barnyard, three acres of organic vegetable production and two acres of perennial fruit.
Enriching the Earth
To enrich the earth I have sowed clover and grass
to grow and die. I have plowed in the seeds
of winter grains and various legumes,
their growth to be plowed in to enrich the earth.
I have stirred into the ground the offal
and the decay of the growth of past seasons
and so mended the earth and made its yield increase.
All this serves the dark. Against the shadow
of veiled possibility my workdays stand
in a most asking light. I am slowly falling
Into the fund of things. And yet to serve the earth,
not knowing what I serve, gives a wideness
and a delight to the air, and my days
do not wholly pass. It is the mind’s service
for when the will fails so do the hands
and one lives at the expense of life.
After death, willing or not, the body serves,
entering the earth. And so what was the heaviest
And most mute is at last raised up into song.
Farmer, Poet, Humanitarian