Tilian Farm Development Center
The Tilian Farm Development Center, now in its 6th season, resides on preserved farmland in Ann Arbor Township, currently leased and managed by Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS). With the collective commitment to facilitate year-round farm development for beginning farmers, Tilian continues to actively remove critical barriers to aspiring farmers like access to land, resources, equipment, and education.
Tilian initially began in 2011 under the guidance of a Steering Team led by Jeremy Moghtader, Jennifer Fike, and Jeff McCabe (of MSU Student Organic Farm, FSEP, and Selma Cafe, respectively). Early on, an Advisory Team of local farmers and business owners provided invaluable experience, advice, and support for the project as well. The Ann Arbor Township Farmland and Openspace Preservation Board and Small Farms Initiative secured the land, and a Conservation Innovation Grant originally funded the Farm Incubator program. Over these first years, Tilian has also been funded by a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant and the Americana Foundation.
Interested in supporting this beginning farmer initiative, please donate today to Rise Up & Dig In .
Tilian Farm Development Center Resources coming soon…