Joannée DeBruhl and Shannon Rau met via email in 2009. They shared a passion for organic farming, and in 2010 when Shannon graduated from college, she helped Joannée with the Gleaner's Community Garden Project. While on a run with her father, Tom Rau, Shannon mentioned Joannée and that they both had a desire to start a farm. Tom ran with the idea and soon proposed the idea of helping them start their own organic farm. In November 2010, with generous support from Shannon's father and encouragement from family and friends, they started Stone Coop Farm, LLC!
Stone Coop Farm was given it's name because of the large, stone chicken coop built in the 1880s at what is now Hamburg Fitness Center, where the farm was started in 2011. It seemed appropriate that we should come full circle to recreate the farm that was started there so many generations ago.
In that spirit, we have moved two old barns to our farm and restored them. They look like new from the outside, but once entered you can see the hand hewn posts and beams, bark on the pole rafters, pegs, and mortise and tenon joinery. You may read more about that project here.
We love to give farm tours, so if you would like to see the farm, please call (810)599-5017 to schedule a visit.
To learn more about the farm and how you can become an active member, visit any of the following links: