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Micro Family Farms: a growing experience for the entire family

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 4:06pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 8:45am

One local man is on a mission to change the way east Texans eat, and where they get their food. Mike Loggins said, "I believe that we have been disconnected from food completely." For Loggins, food has always been a huge part of his life. "My whole life I've spent in horticulture, but my great passion has always been food, its in my family," said Loggins. His family even owned a restaurant, and his grandfather produced peaches.

After falling in love with planting his first garden 20 years ago, he wanted other families to have the same experience. He said, "the kids and the family are connected in a whole new way, its hard to explain, but we become so detached from food that it is something that we simply just get out of the way." This blossomed into Micro Family Farms, a helping hand for families to enjoy farm to table food. "I just cant tell you how many families literally several with tears in their eyes of how its changed them," said Loggins. He currently has 16 farms in Tyler, and five in Austin. He'd like to continue to expand across all of Texas.

The Ford family is a prime example. "Its just been revolutionary in her life, in her family's life in the way that we can connect with the food we eat," said Loggins about Karen Ford, an active participant with MFF. She said, "four years ago I went through treatment for breast cancer and as part of the chemotherapy and stuff, it changes the way food tastes." Ford said her garden full of tomatoes, squash, okra, and melons has drastically changed the overall well being of her entire family. "I feel much better, I feel like our children are calmer, I think that we all have more energy," said Ford.

She also said as the produce grow bigger, her family grows closer. "We spend a lot of time in it and its really amazing to pick what we're going to eat an hour later," said Ford.

If you'd like to know more and how your family can be apart of this growing experience, click here.

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