Large Scale Farm: Oomen Brothers

Nick-Oomen_10-Cents-2017.jpgNick Oomen of Hart, in Oceana County, is 27 years old. He is a fourth-generation farmer, and the family business, Oomen Brothers Inc., grows diverse vegetables and some fruit on approximately 1,800 acres. He serves on his county Farm Bureau board, is part of a Farm Bureau leadership training program, and serves on the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board and Michigan Asparagus Research Committee.

This year, Oomen Brothers plans to plant at least 5 acres of broccoli specifically for a new business called Farm to Freezer. Demand has grown so much for broccoli in schools that Farm to Freezer’s current farm suppliers could not supply the growth. Oomen anticipates expanding the acreage.  

“If I can do 50 acres, then I have a considerable field and I can justify hiring a few more people at harvest,” he said. “I think 10 Cents* is a good program. I think it is beneficial to get better, more sustainably produced food into the school systems at an affordable, fair price. And it is helping drive Michigan’s economy instead of supporting foreign interests or even California’s economy.”

—Nick Oomen, Oomen Brothers

*Michigan’s 10 Cents A Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms is a successful state pilot that provides schools with up to 10 cents a meal in match funding to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes. This is one in a series of stories documenting 10 Cents A Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms.

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  • Tractor Provider
    commented 2022-06-21 09:10:45 -0400
    I am very impressed that you are in the 4th generation of farmers. I completely agree with your thoughts. The labor cost advantages for larger farms may stem from the availability of labor-saving technologies, such as large tractors and harvesters. At, you can easily buy tractors and harvesters at very affordable prices.
  • Tarctors Pk
    commented 2022-06-08 08:29:14 -0400
    Great efforts Nick! The accelerated growth of large-scale farming operations in developing countries, in particular Africa, has raised concerns that smallholders may be negatively affected. Farm machinery is also an affected factor to increase any type of farming process. Visit for brand new and used farm machinery with special discounts offer.