Start to Finish – Part 2

Third generation farm family raises crops and serves them in their restaurant © 2018 Brian Powers Photography At Schultz Fruitridge Farms and Texas Corners Brewing Company (TCBC), every family member plays a key part in making it a success. Another component: communication. The family interacts everyday, discussing anything from new ideas for restaurant operations to […]

From Start to Finish

Web Exclusive Story-Part 1: Third generation farm family raises crops and serves them in their restaurant   © 2018 Brian Powers Photography On this autumn morning, Andrew Schultz approaches the picnic table at his family’s third generation farm wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with an eye-catching, candy red apple and sipping a glass of cider. It’s […]

The People I Meet

The Schultz family: Taking food from their farm.. and serving it at their restaurant. © 2017 Encore Publications/Brian Powers © 2018 Brian Powers Photography Many are familiar with the farm-to-table movement…but how about farm-to-business-table? The Schultz family of Schultz Fruitridge Farm in Mattawan, Michigan, does just that. At their third generation farm, they grow the […]

Zany Bird Launches a Career

© 2018 Encore Publications/Brian Powers As a writer, I get to meet so many interesting people. Kalamazoo area artist, Renae Baumgart of Renae’s Rip Studio, is one of those people – with an unusual medium: wall paper.  She rips it into bits to create amazing portraits.  Of animals. Of the moon and stars. Of childhood […]

The People I Meet

Renae…She Likes to Rip Things My writing journey sometimes leads me to craft fiction.  Other days, nonfiction essays.  And many times, profiles of people.  Speaking of profiles, this statement arises when people ask about my profession:  “I bet you meet lots of interesting people.” And I do.  And Renae Baumgart (the smiling lady above) is one […]