Northern Michigan Woman Moves Back Home To Help With Farm
During the pandemic, a Northern Michigan woman quit her job and moved back home, all the help her family and local community.
Kendra Kissane and her family now run the Oxford Farm in Hersey, complete with a brand new corn maze and pumpkin patch.
Kissane and her husband, Brett, made the decision to move back to Northern Michigan in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My husband and I always wanted to live on farm,” she said. “It’s something that we really envisioned for our family. With COVID happening, we saw the opportunity… with me leaving my job and moving back to the family farm. We also wanted to do more for our community.”
Kissane’s parents also own the Holger Dairy Farm up the street. Both farms are centered on giving back to the community. She said quitting her job to move back home was a big move for her and her husband.
“It is a huge leap of Faith. Thankfully, I have a great family that has already established a dairy farm, she said. “Over the last ten years, they really saw a vision for this fall. Everyone came together as a family.”
The family also places a focus on sustainability.
“Sustainability has three pillars. People, planet, and then obviously, economic viability,” Kissane said. “A farm has to be able to be profitable… to be sustainable…. to be able to feed a growing community and a growing population.
The Kissane’s started small this year, but hope to make things bigger and better in the years to come.
“This year we kept it short,” she said. “It’s about 15 minutes to 30 minutes to go through. If you’re really quick, the kids have been getting through in seven minutes. Our hopes are just to continue to grow and do more things for our community.”
The farm is open to the public until next Saturday. They will have a Flash Light Night, where kids and adults can use flashlights to get through the corn maze.
On September 11, the Holger Dairy Farm will be holding free tours of the farm. For more information, visit their Facebook page.