Beacon Springs Farm recently completed certification in two of four areas of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP): Farmstead and Cropping. The Farmstead category looks at activities performed on the entire farm with a focus on protecting surface and groundwater. The Cropping category focuses on field-based activities such as water use, soil conservation, and nutrient management.

We’re already at work on the Forest, Wetlands & Habitat certification, creating an action plan for managing and enhancing the land not under cultivation.

Started in 1998, MAEAP is a voluntary program that recognizes farmers who are top stewards of their land. MAEAP helps farmers adopt cost-effective practices that reduce erosion and runoff into ponds, streams, and rivers. MAEAP recognition can be earned in one or more of four areas: Farmstead; Cropping; Livestock; and Forest, Wetlands & Habitat.

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