ABOUT

Our 60-acre Blueberry farm is in Bangor MI. My wife (Angela) and I have been married for 39 years and together we have a son, daughter-in-law, and daughter.

 

I began farming blueberries with my father-in-law in 2004. My wife & I purchased our farm in 2015 which bordered 35 acres of blueberries that we raised with my father-in-law and formed Heritage Blueberries, LLC partnership.  I serve on the Michigan Farmers Union Board and represented Michigan Blueberry Growers as a delegate in Savannah, GA for their National Convention on March 1st, 2020.

 

I have a strong desire to work hard for all family farming operations in the USA, but of course Michigan Blueberry farming is my passion. I want to see the Michigan Blueberry Industry recover what we have lost over the past several years.

President

Rex Schultz

Vice President

Dan Stafford

3rd generation blueberry grower with Cornerstone Ag in South Haven/Grand Junction, MI. We have blueberry acreage in Van Buren and Allegan counties. I have been married to my wife Kim for 11 years this June; we have three small children.

 

I have grown up around blueberry farming my whole life but have been working full time on the farm since 2008. Prior to that I had attended GVSU and received my Bachelor’s in Business Management. In between college and farming I drove truck over the road for 2 years.

 

I would like to see Michigan blueberry growers return to profitability and be competitive on a global scale.

Treasurer / Secretary

Kelley Reenders

I love Jesus and try to live a life that is honoring and pleasing to Him…often falling, dusting myself off and getting back up again. 😊  Thankful that His mercies are new each day! 

I am married to Dave Reenders.  We met in High School in Psychology class.  He winked at me from across the room and that was the beginning of what is now 37 years of marriage.  He is the best.

We have 4 Children.  My girls (Ali and Amber) are both married and each have 4 children….8 Grandchildren YAY!  Ali is a Nurse Practitioner, her husband Gabe is a Physician. Amber is part owner with us in the farm along with her husband Luke.

My sons (Jeremiah and Jonah) both live out West.  Jeremiah is a Physician and Jonah is a Biologist with the Dept of Energy.

 Dave is a third generation blueberry farmer.  We went out on our own in 2000 with 100 acres and formed Crossroads Blueberry Farm, as it was a “Crossroads” in our life.  It has now grown to 450 acres and we lease an additional 200 acres.  I have always worked in the business with Dave and handled the bookwork part of it.  I  taught myself QuickBooks out of necessity.

I have been on the Policy Development board for Farm Bureau and served as a Delegate for 4 years prior.  I have also been on the MBBAC board and  look forward to continuing and seeing progress made through our united voices being heard.

Exec. Secretary

Jennifer Spears

I grew up in and around blueberries the majority of my life starting with picking blueberries early on for spending money and then working in the packing shed/doing personal errands/cleaning for the late blueberry grower, Lou Crawford, as a teenager.  I’ve been with True Blue Farms for 13 years donning several hats including executive assistant, Human Resources, procurement, insurance administration, and general operations administration.

 

I’ve been heavily involved with many industry organizations including serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association and am the non-voting assistant to the Secretary of the Michigan Blueberry Commission since its 2017 inception.  I believe in the importance of the small family farm and happy to work alongside all of you to fervently fight for the longevity and success of the blueberry industry.

Board Director

Debbie Ruff

While there has been farming generations ago in my family history, my husband and I are very new to farming and blueberries, having purchased a small blueberry farm on CR 380 in 2017 from Steve and Kate Otto. I grew up in Indiana and attended Purdue University obtaining a degree in microbiology and doing graduate work in genetics. I graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law and was a partner at a Chicago law firm specializing in intellectual property law (patents and trademarks). I recently retired after 33 years behind a desk and am now a "recovering lawyer". I have been married to my husband, Randy, for 33 years and we have one son, Jason, a recent graduate from Michigan State who is currently Director of Broadcasting and play-by-play voice for the Odessa Jackalopes hockey team in Odessa, Texas. 

I look forward to working with everyone to raise awareness of Michigan blueberries, work on how to most effectively compete with foreign imports, and consider new potential market expansion for our blueberries.

Board Director

Chad Reenders

Chad is a 4th generation blueberry farmer. He grew up on the family farm and has been working full time for over 15 years. Chad manages the mechanical harvesting, packing shed and maintenance department at Reenders Blueberry Farms. The family farm owns and operates over 800 acres. Chad’s goal is to make the Michigan Blueberry Industry grow and evolve to ensure a future for the next generation.

Chad Reenders

Board Director

Jason Hartmann

My name is Jason Hartmann and I am a 4th generation blueberry farmer. Along with my wife, Jean, we farm in both Van Buren and Allegan counties. I sincerely enjoy farming; seeing the literal fruits of our labor coming to fruition is rewarding to the soul. I believe we are at a pivotal moment in our industry; now is the time to come together and make crucial changes before it is too late. I don’t normally engage in these types of organizations but as I see the returns on our hard work decrease and the cost of inputs increase every year, I knew I had to participate. It’s time to unite as an industry and make the necessary changes to remain viable.

Mike Roedger

Board Director

I believe that my experiences, and series of small triumphs, coupled with my time farming blueberries in Michigan, purchasing our first farm in 2003 with my brother Rich, and subsequently expanding over the years has given me the will, and intestinal fortitude to help us work toward a solution to a very tough situation. I would like nothing more than to be one small part of a much larger process that helps to turn this once inspiring, profitable, fun and family oriented industry back into what it once was... to do this for my own selfish needs, and for the needs of my wife, three grown children, my three wonderful granddaughters, as well as for the good of other farmers, and the farmers who will come after me, and for the industries that are tied directly to the health and wellbeing of such a truly American industry as growing blueberries in the best state in the union to produce them... Michigan. 

Board Director

Jared Marr