The West Michigan Food Processing Association, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Muskegon Community College, and Greater Muskegon Economic Development (GMED) have developed the Food, Agriculture, Research and Manufacturing (FARM) business accelerator to  support the growth of West Michigan’s food processing sector. FARM is an ideal food processing facility for Stage I or Stage II food companies, as well as mature food processors looking for offsite test manufacturing for new products.

West Michigan is home to several early-stage kitchen incubators such as Kitchen 242 in Muskegon and the Starting Block in Hart. With the completion of FARM, successful entrepreneurs can move from these or other early-stage incubators to take the next step in growing their business to full commercialization. FARM provides food-grade industrial space with individual suites and offers flexible lease and space options. In addition to serving as a one-stop shop for resources to take new food innovations to commercialization, FARM can serve as a catalyst to bring venture capital funds to West Michigan food entrepreneurs.

The facility includes 8,000 square feet of flexible manufacturing space for commercial grade fruit and vegetable processing, and complies with all US Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration requirements. Among the facility’s features are loading docks, refrigeration/freezers, energy efficiency, and waste and water handling.  Tenants are expected to  furnish their own processing equipment with a goal to move to their own facility as they grow. Located on the campus of Muskegon Community College with its affiliation with Michigan State University’s (MSU) food processing certificate and degree programs, the facility will contribute to research, education, and economic development in  the West Michigan region.  It also has space for the MSU Mobile Processing Lab. The lab mirrors what students will see in the industry once they graduate, but on  a smaller scale. The trailer lab was built to demonstrate the need for food grade processing, as well as meeting the demands of the curriculum for the certificate program. The lab is also used to introduce high school students to food processing as a potential career.

 

TENANTS

We are actively seeking tenants.  Please contact Clarence Rudat for more details and information.

Testimonial

Kaja Thornton-Hunter, Kaja’s Flavor Packs
Kaja Thornton-Hunter, Kaja’s Flavor Packs

The FARM has been instrumental in the growth and scaling of Kaja’s Flavor Cajun Seasonings into the retail arena. They have surrounded me with resources like the MSU Product Center, Greater Muskegon Economic Development, GROW and the Chamber of Commerce. When I’m faced with a hurdle as a new business owner they are just a call away. I’m excited for what’s to come!

Kaja Thornton-Hunter, Kaja’s Flavor Packs

Testimonial

Zack Smith and Brenna Kelley, Lively Up Kombucha
Zack Smith and Brenna Kelley, Lively Up Kombucha

The FARM facility came to us at a time when we had outgrown our small retail space but were still not in a position to lease or purchase our own building. FARM has given us a reliable, sanitary environment in which to scale up during this challenging stage of growth. While we are not ready to move out of FARM, we have more than doubled our volume since moving in less than a year ago, and we are now opening our doors to full-time, year-around employees.

Zack Smith and Brenna Kelley, Lively Up Kombucha

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