In the News and History

Links to articles about the farm:

  1. Food Entrepreneurs Get Bootcamp Boost, Second Wave Media, 11/17/16
  2. Matt Shockey Interview, 1/21/16
  3. Meet Your Farmer - Green Gardens (Kzoo Bank Street Market Profile), 8/2/14
  4. Trent Thompson Got Bit By the Farming Bug, Battle Creek Enquirer, 8/1/14
  5. Of Kale and Capital: How Greens Grow Year-Round, Second Wave Media, 3/6/14
  6. Connecting People with Food, Battle Creek Enquirer, 11/14/13
  7. The Coop-Scoop Cartoon by Simon Borst, The Coop-Scoop 4th Qtr 2012
  8.  The Veggies Live On, Battle Creek Enquirer, 10/11/12

 

Farm History

Some of the older crowd in Battle Creek may remember the name Green Gardens. My grandparents, Don & Jean Thompson, ran a thriving produce business in Battle Creek in the 1950's and 1960's with the same name. There were up to five locations at the height of their business, geographically spread out across Battle Creek. It turns out Don's parents, John and Dora, also had a small grocery on Main Street in Battle Creek from 1912-1918. They sold produce from area farmers who brought produce into town on horse and wagon. Many groceries were even delivered by bicycle.

Working in the produce business in Battle Creek spans fours generations (almost 100 years) for the Thompson family. It came without hesitation to name the farm Green Gardens in 2008. It just made complete sense. I wanted to honor my grandparents and also wanted to make sustainability - "Green" - part of the farm's mission.

So, Green Gardens continues on. We hope that we can continue to serve the needs of Battle Creek community members for many years to come! Below are pictures of my great-grandparents' grocery (1910's) and Green Gardens from the 50's and 60's.

John & Dora in front of grocery

John & Dora Thompson in front of their grocery (dated 1912-1918). From the BC Enquirer in 1978.

Don & Jean Thompson

Don & Jean Thompson at Green Gardens in mid-1950's.

Ruthie and Trent

Ruthie and Trent at market in Kalamazoo in summer of 2010

The farm family grows in 2014. Our best crop, Jorah, is born. She loves to help on the farm and will fearlessly eat any fruit or vegetable right out in the field.