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Mint farmer joins moratorium struggle

At the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions meeting held on July 26 in Detroit, Linette Crosby, owner of an historic mint farm in St. Johns, Mich., came to tell her story and get involved in the struggle. St. Johns, known as “Mint City USA,” is a rural farming community 20 miles north of Lansing, the state capital.

Crosby and her brothers own a spearmint and peppermint farm that was started by their great-grandfather 95 years ago. Now the farm and their family home are in foreclosure. Their lender is Greenstone Farm Credit.

Ironically, the Crosby farm donates free mint compost that is used on the grounds of the state capitol building.

Crosby said she has the support of the community and plans to do outreach at the 20th Annual St. Johns Mint Festival on Aug. 8-10 to garner support for her family’s struggle against foreclosure and to popularize the growing movement in Michigan for a moratorium to stop all foreclosures and evictions. Mark Crosby, Linnette's brother is the Grand Marshall of this year’s festival. Coalition activists will join her in St. Johns for these efforts during the Mint Festival, which usually draws about 60,000 people.

—Kris Hamel, Moratorium NOW! Coalition activist

Siblings hope mint oil sales will refresh future of farm

255,280 drams must be sold to erase debt at St. Johns operation

Vincent Bond • vbond1@lsj.com • August 23, 2008 • From Lansing State Journal

Linette Crosby, co-owner of the Crosby Mint Farm in St. Johns, said she hopes an upswing in sales over the next year can erase the debt that left the farm she and her brother own in the hands of an agricultural lending agency after a foreclosure auction Aug. 14.

"We have enough inventory (to sell and pay off our debt)," said Crosby, 50, who co-owns the farm with her brother, "Peppermint" Jim.

"We're not asking for handouts. We want to sell our products."

East Lansing-based Greenstone Farm Credit Services, the only bidder, purchased the 140-acre farm for $300,000 during the auction at the Clinton County Courthouse.

Now, Linette Crosby and Jim Crosby have 12 months to eliminate their $635,000 debt.

Linette Crosby said the time will be used to revamp the farm and its identity.

The Crosbys are looking into ways to develop wetlands and add switch grass, a source of biofuel, with the aid of Craig Limpach, a biologist and landscape architect for Genius Loci Inc., an Elyria, Ohio-based land restoration company.

Limpach already has drafted blueprints for the possible alterations, Linette Crosby said.

The history of the farm has deep local roots.

In 1912, J.E. Crosby Sr. founded the farm on 2 acres, and it has become one of the oldest continuously operating mint farms in the country.

By selling an array of goods besides peppermint and spearmint oil, the owners said they are widening their consumer base and diversifying.

Jim Crosby said one of his main goals is to sell products that showcase mint's various medical and therapeutic properties.

"I've been trying to help people be more sustainable through using our product," he said.

With nearly 100 years of family history surrounding the farm, Crosby said a piece of him is sold with each bottle.

"Every bottle we ship out has my hopes, dreams and prayers," he said. "This is not just a farm; this place has the ability to heal hearts and minds."

Scott Curtis, 55, of St. Johns, works at the farm.

"I was aware of the farm and its economic difficulties. My intention is to help out and lend support," Curtis said.

Curtis said the farm's rich tradition alone makes it indispensable to the community.

With thousands of Michigan residents falling victim to foreclosure each year, Linette Crosby said she believes the farm can serve as the poster child that boosts awareness of the devastating crisis.

"We're looking to put a light on the foreclosure issue," she said.

"This is going to be our opportunity and not theirs."