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Environmentally clean farm to be the focus at next Entrepreneurship Forum


The owner of an environmentally clean produce farm will be the next speaker at the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.

Ben Martin, owner of Soil Friends, will speak at 8 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made below or by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center lot, 72F.

Soil Friends

Soil Friends grows fruits and vegetables using environmentally clean farming practices. Produce is grown using a vertical farming method, orienting crops upward in a multistory greenhouse. The company grows its produce, and sells the produce, eggs and other products, on a 22-acre farm in Galesburg. In 2016, Soil Friends will begin offering shares of the farm to the community. During the growing season, shareholders will have weekly access to fresh produce through a program known as Community Supported Agriculture. Soil Friends will also begin offering “you-pick” crops.

Ben Martin

Martin launched Soil Friends while attending WMU with help from the Michigan Small Business Development Center located in the Haworth College of Business. He earned his B.B.A. in 2014, majoring in food and consumer package goods marketing. In addition to the management of Soil Friends, Martin sells produce and other goods, and provides marketing services, on behalf of other farmers. 

About the Entrepreneurship Forum

The Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series hosted by Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business to bring stories of entrepreneurial success to the greater Kalamazoo community. This series is devoted to entrepreneurs and unique stories of startup success. To learn more about the series, visit wmich.edu/business/entrepreneurship-forum.

To register, fill out the form below. For more information, contact Caitlin Smith at (269) 387-6059.

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