40 Under 40, Class of 2018

Brian Bates


Bear Creek Organic Farm

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Bear Creek Organic Farm in Petoskey, Michigan, is operated by Bates and his wife, Anne. Bates is passionate about small farm finances, making a living doing what you love and savvy marketing. With no secrets, a lot of ideas and some serious elbow-grease, Bear Creek has grown dramatically in under five years to $400,000 in sales, seven employees, and being honored as Entrepreneurs of the Year and Local Foods Heroes by their community.

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