History and Practices

Learn about our sustainable practices and history of our small farm and of our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program!

The Farm

Our food is raised using sustainable, organic methods but, we are not certified organic.

Using compost and natural fertilizers helps keep our soil healthy and productive while hoeing and hand-weeding keep us busy and the land free of herbicides. We feel keeping bees, chickens and natural habitat is an important part of our farm ecosystem. We hold our role as stewards of the land as the highest of priorities and do our best to keep this land healthy for generations to come.

Respecting that the food feeds your family and ours drives us.

Taste is our ultimate guide. Maintaining a high quality for our products by reducing the time between when we harvest and when you eat is key. By using unique or heirloom varieties that cherish lost tastes, we keep our taste buds and tummies happy too.

Try our food by finding us at a local farmers markets or by joining our CSA

To learn more about how we raise our chickens or pigs, click here.

History of our Farm

Titus Farms was started in 1982 by Paul and Rose Titus of Dansville, Michigan. Both Paul and Rose grew up just outside of Lansing, raising various animals and field crops as part of their respective family's farms. They also each helped maintain a family vegetable garden, a mainstay for farming families.

Paul continued to farm full-time and raise field crops and horses until, after marriage, Rose developed chemical sensitivities while carrying their daughter. Together, with their broad knowledge of farming, they ventured into farming using only organic methods. Paul, always in need of a challenge, began to dabble in growing vegetables as well. While they found an ever increasing audience for the tasty vegetables the farm was producing, they also found they were enjoying raising these non-traditional crops and rearing their daughter in this environment. As the demand grew for their veggies and cut flowers, Paul and Rose expanded their acreage by renting land from friends, neighbors and relatives.

The main drive for continuing to farm was for their daughter, Rebecca, who is now grown and managing the farm after attending Michigan State University and graduating with a degree in Horticulture. Rebecca has chosen to continue the tradition of farming and currently oversees much of the day-to-day operation of the farm as it continues to flourish with the help of a great staff and supportive community.

Thanks for helping the farm become what it is today!

Our CSA History

10+ years of CSA Farming in Mid-Michigan!

While Rebecca was at university she learned about the basic idea of Community Supported Agriculture, both as a philosophy and a marketing opportunity. Then, after Paul had a serious health problem, it was dire that the farm diversify in order to pay off mounting medical bills and, ultimately, keep the family farm. After talking with other farmers and MSU faculty it was finally decided, in the summer of 2006, to start the CSA. 

The early years of CSA.

The early years of CSA.

The first year started with three locations: Okemos, Lansing and on the Farm. With a little over 50 members, thus began a inaugural season of experimenting with numbers, systems and logistics. The CSA members of Titus Farms were crucial in helping to refine the CSA system and communications, and ultimately, in teaching their farmers how to best serve them. In the second year, the CSA expanded to around 100 members; then, the third year it expanded to about 150 members and Mason and East Lansing were added as distribution locations. Every year since its inception the CSA has expanded slightly until, in 2009, the perfect number of 300, was found.

The farm now also partners with other local farmers to bring members meat chickens, tree fruit and eggs, to be distributed alongside their vegetables. CSA has provided a stable income for the Titus family and the ability to make farming a full-time occupation not only for themselves, but for others who want to learn about farming.