April 1, 2014

Hello everyone; 

I hope everyone was able to handle the very cold winter that we just had, record cold and record snowfall combined with bone chilling wind, what a combination! We handled the weather very well physically but mentally, that was another issue.  I really had to push myself to go out and do chores, I know it had to be done but I didn’t have to be happy about it!  Over the course of this past winter, (which pretty much got a good head of steam going sometime in early November) we were dealt a serious blow as our egg layers essentially shut down. I still have to feed them whether they lay or not, so this put quite a strain on the business.  Then to add insult to injury our meat birds last summer really didn’t grow like they should have resulting in smaller birds. 

So why am I telling you all of this? There is an old saying that goes like this; as one door closes another door opens.  Well, the door that opened was for my very patient and wonderful wife DeAnn.  She has stood behind me in my farming adventure supporting me and encouraging me. She has been the bookkeeper, the Chelsea Market person (Nick too!) the farm pick up person, my own personal cheerleader, and has given me her all.  Now it’s my turn to give back to her what she has allowed me to do.

It is with great sadness that I must announce the closing of Back Forty Acres. The door that I spoke of was in the form of a job offer that will take us on a new adventure.  DeAnn has been offered and has accepted the Human Resources Manager position at a newly formed University.  Sounds cool so far!  Did I mention that University is affiliated with another outstanding State run University?  I didn’t? Oh sorry!  So I suppose I didn’t mention that this new University is in the sunshine state? Boy, I sure left out a lot of information didn’t I? It is called Florida Polytechnic University, (John and Florence I’ll send you a t-shirt ;) and right now it is operating under the umbrella of the University of Florida (go Gators!)  Sorry Michigan fans.  One of DeAnn’s major responsibilities will be to guide FPU into a free standing University and out from under the University of Florida which is what she has already accomplished, amongst other great things, at her former job at the Ann Arbor District Library where she helped to separate the Library from the Ann Arbor Public School System and building it into its own distinct entity. 

So, she has her work cut out for her and I know she is up for the challenge!  She will be leaving soon and I will follow when everything is buttoned up here. 

This letter is for information and also as a call to arms in a sense.  I still have a few hogs that are not spoken for as of yet so this will be the last time to enjoy Back Forty Acres awesome Tamworth pork as we will not be attending any farmer’s markets this year. 

The hogs are scheduled to go in the next couple of weeks so they should be back by the first of May, so get the grill ready!  If you could help me out with these last few pigs it would be greatly appreciated. 

We have greatly enjoyed serving you these past several years and I believe we have bonded with many of you in a way that truly made this a labor of love and that will be one of the biggest things that we will miss.  It is sad to think that we will be losing these bonds as our paths go our separate ways.  We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support.  If you need help finding a new source for quality meat and egg products I will try to assist as best I can.  

Thank you all and God Bless……..Kevin