Bev Berens

Bev Berens has been a freelance writer since 1990 after a short stint as a high school agriculture instructor. She primarily writes for agriculture trade journals and newspapers and has a weekly feature column in an Indiana farm news publication. She also creates social media and blog content for Michigan AgrAbility and Farmer Veteran Coalition organizations in Michigan. She enjoys coaching and mentoring youth through local 4H and FFA organizations and has lost count of the number of state-winning Youth 4H Dairy Contests she has been blessed to coach. She and her husband have been married for 33 years, have two adult children, a flock of sheep, and a border collie named Mac. Contact:

Feature Story Fifth-grader Evan Weesies has an all-terrain wheelchair that gives him the freedom to move around his family’s Muskegon County farm
Feature Story Novice canner Erin Berens is happy with her first attempt at food preservation and is prepared to tackle it again with more quantity and variety for this season.

Pandemic spurs renewed interest in home canning

Feature Story Colby Tucker, 14, from Hopkins in Allegan County, is in his third year of collecting and cooking sap.
Feature Story “One-third of everything we eat depends on pollination,” says Don Lam, of the Holland Area Beekeepers Association (HABA). “Imagine losing one bite out of every three.”
Feature Story Greg Dunn's Blackbird Farm in Coopersville received MAEAP verification in 2020. Dunn shows off his new sign in one of their produce fields.
Feature Story Dan Wedge is Executive Director of Services for Allegan County, with transportation services falling under his purview.
Feature Story Andy Rozendaal (left) and John Puttrich (right) comprise the leadership team and are Eighth Day Farm's two full time employees.
Feature Story Jake Tebos, (left) wholesale grower of potting plants in Allendale, discusses issues unique to his niche in the marketplace with Secretary Perdue (right).

West Michigan farmers share concerns with USDA Secretary

Feature Story Michelle Bombe in her garden at her Laketown Township home.

Backyard gardens gain popularity during pandemic

Feature Story Bev Berens with her mom, Hazel Bosch.
Feature Story Food Basket is looking for land similar to what it has for its farm in Kent County, shown here.