Willow View Farm is operated by the Vicari and Lund families on 26 acres of land in Monroe, Michigan. The farm and homestead have been in the family for over 50 years, originally purchased by Joseph and Evelyn Vicari in July of 1965. Joe and Evelyn enjoyed raising cattle, rabbits, chickens and always had a large garden. As they got older, the kids and animals left the farm, the garden got smaller and the pasture was leased to local crop growers. After decades of conventional crop farming, the stripped soil was in dire need of some TLC. Having a little farming experience and a lot of creative thinking, Evelyn and Joe's son, Tony, dreamed of bringing animals and produce back to the family farm. With the help and ambition of Tony's nephew, John, the idea for a revived family farm was born. Uncertain where further support for the idea would come from, John convinced his dad, Big John, to invest in their plan and take a "leap of faith". In late 2010, Willow View became an incorporated business and was officially a running farm. Shortly after in early 2012, young John and his wife, Sarah, purchased the property from his grandmother Evelyn. Thanks to the enormous emotional and physical support from their friends, family and spouses, the three electricians by trade, were running a small farm and producing delicious, healthy and sustainable food. Both the farm and family continues to grow each year, and we hope that our presence and influence on the sustainable food movement in the community will continue to grow as well.
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