Mayfield Flowers: How Two Sisters Built a Blooming Business

Marcy White and Keely Sindler aren’t just the owners and the creative duo behind Mayfield Flowers. They’re also sisters. In true sibling fashion, Keely, who was already working in floral design, enticed Marcy to start working as her assistant. “She made me wash her buckets for her,” Marcy laughs. The bucket-washing went well, so Keely started teaching her sister the …

How David Draper Uses a Mobile Cooler to Take Meat from Field to Plate

If you’re a hunter or wild game enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of David Draper. He’s the noted wild game cook and recipe developer responsible for all of those mouth-watering recipes on Field & Stream and Petersen’s Hunting. This year, Draper will be using a CoolBot mobile walk-in cooler and portable deer cooler to help him keep his meat fresh during hunting …

Slow Tools for Fast Farming: Advice from Adam Lemieux of Johnny’s Seeds

Imagine this: You have 500 seedlings to transplant. How long would it take? Do you have the right tools? Does your back start to hurt just thinking about it? In the past, you might have needed to plant by hand or try and customize large farming equipment — if you could afford it. But, today, with tools like the Paperpot …

Crafting Beer with Local Flavors at Four Corners Brewing Co.

Did you know that two-thirds of homebrewers didn’t start dabbling in their craft until after 2005? There are now an estimated 1.2 million homebrewers in the United States, and they produce 2 million barrels of beer every year. That’s a lot of beer! As they perfect their craft, some of the most talented homebrewers go on to open their own …

Nifty Hoops: Helping Midwest Farmers Farm More Seasons and Grow More Food

It’s a pretty simple equation — the longer your growing season, the more food you can grow. And, if you’re a farmer, the more food you grow, the more money you can make. In a place like Michigan, where cold temperatures start to settle in around October and snow can fall into April, any initiative that can extend the growing …

How Energy Efficient Solutions Transforms Spaces (and Lives) with Spray Foam

What do houses, food trucks, and shipping containers have in common? They’re all vulnerable to heat loss due to air leaks and moisture, which can quickly drive up energy costs. To keep those costs down, Energy Efficient Solutions recommends an easy-as-pie solution: spray foam. Just point, shoot, and walk away. Since the company’s founding in 2003, Energy Efficient Solutions has …

MoreFlavor! — Making Homebrews Better from Coast to Coast

Olin Schultz has come a long way since he first started brewing beer in his college bathroom. He now owns MoreFlavor! a company whose brands MoreBeer!, MoreWine!, and MoreCoffee! are dedicated to making it easy for people to craft their own signature brews, bottles, and blends. Schultz began his journey with beer over 20 years ago, selling home brewing supplies …