WELCOME TO LAKE
We are a pasture-based, beyond organic, farm cooperative located eight miles from downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.
We offer sustainably grown local food, nature recreation, community living, and farm education.
We help the Kalamazoo community establish a conscious connection between the food we eat and the source of that sustenance.
SUPPORT OUR PROGRAMS
The mission of the Behavior Development Corporation (DBA Lake Village Homestead) is to support research, training, education, and other applied practices relating to a sustainable agriculturally supported community. Applied activities include, but are not limited to, modeling and teaching sustainable agriculture, homesteading, land preservation, and environmental stewardship.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible and directly benefit the preservation of wetlands, wildlife areas, farmland, and educational programs.
HEALTHY LOCAL FOOD
Lake Village Homestead grows free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free products, including grass-fed beef, pastured pork and poultry, eggs from free-range chickens, goat milk, raw goat and cow cheeses, fresh vegetables and herbs, maple syrup, honey, etc.
We offer community living, individual and family memberships, community gardening, permaculture in action, environmental education, school-to-farm workshops, horse boarding, and a health and wellness 5K annual race.
Our school-to-farm programs engage local schoolchildren in hands-on experiences that help them discover the value of the earth, air, water, and animals that sustain all life.
Lake Village Homestead members enjoy the use of the farm to connect to the earth—they can walk on miles of trails, swim at our beach, visit with animals, and participate in farm gatherings and activities.
"Farming cannot take place except in Nature, therefore, if Nature does not thrive, farming cannot thrive. But we know too that Nature includes us. It is not a place into which we can reach from some safe standpoint outside it. We are in it and are a part of it while we use it. If it does not thrive, we cannot thrive. The appropriate measure of farming then is the world's health and our health, and it is inescapably one measure.”
/ Wendell Berry