|Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many outdoor enthusiasts have found themselves turning to gardening as a new (or revisited) hobby.
Did you know that gardening – or rather farming – operation contracts exist in nearly a dozen Michigan state parks? As part of a creative approach to help prevent or eradicate non-native plant species, small businesses farm sections of land in the parks until DNR stewardship crews can plant native species that help restore the biodiversity of that region.
Contracts require farming plans that define the kind of herbicides used, how crops (mostly corn, soy or hay) will be rotated and which standing crops will be left as wildlife food plots. Farmers can sell their products, making these arrangements beneficial for more than just wildlife and native species.
If you’re interested in upcoming business opportunities, including farming operation contracts, keep an eye on Michigan.gov/StateParkConcessions.
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