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.
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.
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I became involved in the Blueberry Industry at age 16 when I started working at my future Father in Law’s Blueberry Farm. Twenty-one years later, Dave and I started Crossroads Blueberry Farm with 120 acres. It was a “Crossroads” in our life. We are now farming 700 acres. We pack fresh, process, and operate a U-Pick and Retail Store.
I have served as a Delegate and on the Policy Development board for Farm Bureau. I currently lead a Small Group for our church, Harvest of Spring Lake.
I have served on the board of MBBAC for several years. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” (an African Proverb). To go far in this industry, a united voice is needed and I look forward to continuing and seeing progress made though our united voices being heard.
I grew up in and around blueberries the majority of my life starting with picking blueberries early on for spending money and working in the packing shed as a teenager. I’ve worked for True Blue Farms since 2008 as an 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/Treasurer 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.
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.
Grace Norris is an Immigrant Asian American. She is a former international businesswoman, former interpreter, former business owner of a Project Management training and consulting company, former instructor of business management and practice, and a former university administrator.
Grace Norris’ academic achievements are a Master’s degree in Education and a BA in Economics.
Grace Norris has become a new blueberry farmer in Covert as of the summer of 2021.
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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.
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