About Us

Who We Are

We are a small family company headquartered in Eben Junction, MI. It is our passion and joy to serve the families and communities of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern lower Michigan, and northern Wisconsin by providing food forest and permaculture design and installation services.

What We Believe

Our top values include community, interdependence, sustainability, freedom, integrity, a return to the sacred in everyday life, and respect for the laws of nature.

We believe that complex problems are best solved by simple, natural solutions and by a positive willingness to share and implement them. And that happiness, passion, and abundance are contageous!

Our Partnership

We are proud co-op partners of Food Forest Abundance, LLC, a global cooperative spearheading the food forest movement worldwide.

Food Forest Abundance was established in 2020 as a way to help people grow their own food and has blossomed into a global movement to help people become more self-reliant.

Since our official launch on Earth Day 2021, we have expanded throughout most of the United States and into 15 other countries.

Our Mission

To build a free, healthy, and abundant society for generations to come.

Our Vision

Food forests growing in every community and in every yard in our region. 

Meet Our Team

Rich grew up on a farm in the U.P. and has multiple degrees in environmental science and business. He has been the driving force behind the launch and success of multiple businesses, including a multi-state rabbit growers cooperative.

Rich believes in the value of hard work – but even better, creating systems that make hard work obsolete!

Rich Beasley

Co-Founder and CEO

Ona is a self-described marketing geek with a passion for plants. Before hooking up with Rich, Ona was one of the top writers for the landscape industry, including feature articles in Lawn & Landscape and Turf magazines.

A long-time gardener, Ona is passionate about using her expertise to help others enjoy Nature’s abundance. 

Ona Martin

Co-Founder and Marketing Director

Aster is our resident walking encyclopedia. Her research skills and ability to break down complex ideas into simple steps, along with her friendly smile, make her a natural educator and customer service pro. 

It was Aster’s vision to bring food forests to the UP, and she continues to bring inspiration to our team and the people we serve alike! 

Aster Michelsen

Co-Founder and Education Coordinator

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”

-Victor Hugo

Permaculture Philosophy and the Ethics of Earth Care

Living in harmony with the earth may be one of the most important things we can learn to do in our lives. The planet lives and breathes, and all of its plants and animals deserve an opportunity to thrive, just like us. That's why the permaculture philosophy and ethics...

Time Sensitive Food Forest Grant Opportunity – Apply by April 18

We have an exciting food forest grant opportunity for you: how would you like a food forest installed, for free? We have only until April 18th…

7 Ways Planting a Food Forest Builds Strong Communities

Learn 7 reasons planting a food forest is a natural choice for restoring healthy communities of all kinds!  

10 Powerful Reasons to Start a Food Forest in 2022

Why plant a food forest? Here are 10 compelling benefits to planting an edible landscape in your yard this year.

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