SMI Farms

Farm building on South Manitou Island
 

Farming developed slowly on the island, but by 1870 most islanders were self-sufficient farmers. Surplus crops were sold to passing ships and mainland markets. The isolation of the island provided an ideal environment for growing prize-winning rye, beans and peas. Today, there are no active farms on the island, but farm buildings, abandoned machinery, the old school and cemetery are reminders of the past.


Last updated: February 26, 2016

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Mailing Address:

9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630

Phone:

(231) 326-4700

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