Mark Mitteis has been living in Colorado since 1987. He grew up on a traditional family farm where they raised cattle, hogs, dairy cows and all the feed for the livestock in the hills of north eastern Nebraska.
Mark is a man of many trades, including carpentry, alternative building, and woodworking.
Michele Martz is a native of Kentucky and fondly remembers her grandparents large garden and cellar, and her Grandfather's tobacco farm. Michele has been living in Colorado since 2001 and came to the area as an Archaeologist for Mesa Verde NP. In 2002 Michele left Archaeology and starting searching out a new dream.
After a farming internship back east, Michele returned to Colorado and started working for Rosie Carter and Chuck Barry of Stone Free Farm in Arriola, Colorado and selling at the Cortez Farmers Market in 2004.
It was at the farmers market that Mark and Michele's relationship grew as he helped prevent her canopy from blowing away one day and would often sit and visit on her tailgate. In the spring of 2005 Michele moved out to Cahone to join Mark and see what they could make of a homesteading life together, building a farm from the ground up.
A dream is formed and a way of life is born....
Welcome to SongHaven Farm!
It is SongHaven Farm’s mission to grow the best life-giving, energetic food we can on this sacred piece of land in the desert southwest. We focus on increasing the fertility of our landscape through the diversity of plants, animals and insects that call this land home.
We observe natural patterns in our environment and strive to work with nature. We follow the biodynamic planting calendar and are utilizing Korean Natural Farming techniques to propagate a healthy soil food web in addition to large scale on farm composting. It is our mission to preserve the natural landscapes and waterways of our farm and to raise crops and animals in an ecologically friendly manner. We acknowledge that we are farming on Ancestral Ute and Navajo land and before that Ancestral Puebloan land.