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Local growers join together in new co-op



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May 26, 2010 - Local growers have banded together in a new co-op, Sashabaw Farm Market, 5438 Sashabaw Road.

"We're a bunch of people who love gardening," said Sharon Matzelle. "Everyone works together."

Matzelle and Laura Mason, Bill Pioch, Karrie Caldwell, Mike Falzetta, Alan Jaros bring more than 100 years of experience growing and selling at Clarkston Farmers Market, as well as markets throughout southeast Michigan.

"We all have fulltime jobs – you have to love it to do this," Matzelle said.

They also offer gardening tools made by Gary Campbell, Design Metal Craftsman, as well as artwork by Michigan artists.

Ideas include summer gardening classes, community gardening using raised beds, and worm composting, Matzelle said.

"This is a work in progress," she said. "We've been looking for years for a little, rustic garden. This past winter, I saw the for-rent sign and called."

"If the community likes these ideas, we'll do more," Mason said.

The property includes five acres, with compost piles and orchard trees still bearing fruit.

For more information, call 248-935-2329.

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