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CFG Farm History

The Christopher Family originally purchased the 37-acre residential farm property in the spring of 1997. The farm consisted of a ranch-style house, pole barn, machine shop, old farm silo, and a ¾ acre fishing pond.

Prior to the purchase by the Christopher Family, the property was a working Horse and Dairy Farm owned by Herb Hinz that had been in operation for over 75 years. Prize horses were raised by Mr. Hinz.  His farm consisted of a house, a large horse barn, equipment sheds, mink cages, and pasture land.

Between 1997 and 2007, a series of acquisitions took place that has created the Christopher Farm & Gardens. Currently, the property in total consists of approximately 600 acres with over 6,500 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. Approximately 300 acres are in leased crop production by local farmers. Woodlands and prairies comprise roughly 100 acres and most notable are the 50 acres that have been transformed into botanical gardens.  The gardens feature extensive flower gardens, vegetable gardens, greenhouses, fruit orchards, walking paths, and stocked fishing ponds.  Enjoy exploring our website and learning more about The Christopher Farm & Gardens.