The joy of farming is in the relationship cultivated with the natural world. At Three Roods Farm, we practice a blend of agricultural philosophies. We have been influenced by permaculture, biodynamic technique and and the populist farmer Charles Walters of Acres USA. 3RF is an integrated farmstead with a number of opportunities for learning by doing. Organic gardening, beekeeping, poultry care and reforestation are actively practiced. Apprentices are welcome to come and learn from us in a beautiful natural setting. Apprenticeships/Internships can be from a week to a month to a season. Our preference is for one or two people to stay with us the entire season, but we will consider anyone who feels attracted to come here for any length of time.
Village life is right around the corner. Columbiaville, a town of 790 persons founded in 1837, is within walking distance. Columbiaville has a library, post office, karaoke bar and convenience store. It is on the Flint River, so there are opportunities for boating and fishing. Southern Links Trailway, part of the rails-to-trails movement, links Columbiaville to Otter Lake for a swim or blueberry picking. The nearest city is Lapeer, which has a population of 9,072, and is the county seat. It can be reached in 15 minutes by car or an hour by bike.
From planting the seeds to eating the freshly picked vegetables to composting the remains or feeding them to the livestock, there is a feeling of relationship. If not for me, the peppers would not be tended. Looked at another way, if I am not here, what is the purpose of the peppers? Similarly with the livestock, they depend on the farmer for their sustenance and quality of life. Domesticated farm animals would not survive long in the wild. Their purpose also seems to be to nourish and sustain the farm family.
Apprentices try their hands at all aspects of 3RF, from weeding the subscription garden, to feeding the poultry, to reforestation projects in the back meadows. They prepare meals, too!
We welcome you to experience farming firsthand. We have furnished the upstairs of our barn for several persons. We also have a small camper for 1 intern. We will teach you all we can as we work together.
ABOUT YOUR HOSTS…
Robin practices and teaches Integral Yoga . She works part-time as a nurse and is secretary of the Lapeer Land Conservancy.. Greg has practiced homeopathic medicine for 30 years. He is a landscape artist, a creative cook and a voracious reader. He loves telling stories and jokes. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Persephone Rivka, their youngest daughter, lives at home and works with them on the farm.