About Perry Paw Paws

Get to Know Perry Paw Paws, a Sustainable Michigan Farm

Get to Know Perry Paw Paws

Perry Paw Paws is an extension of Perry Permaculture, a farm based in Perry, Michigan that practices permaculture, a system of agricultural and social design that mimics the patterns and relationships found in nature. Adam Stackpole, along with help from his family, has built Perry Paw Paws and Perry Permaculture. Perry Permaculture grows a variety of vegetables, fruits (including paw paws), and herbs, as well as raises pasture-raised chickens. Our farm also has a large climate-controlled greenhouse where we are able to grow our pawpaw seedlings.

In addition to selling produce at local Michigan farmers’ markets, we host farm tours, paw paw tastings, permaculture design courses, and chicken processing workshops throughout the year depending on what’s in season. Perry Paw Paws is also the one of only two licensed growers of Peterson paw paws in the state of Michigan.

Part of our core focus is working to create a more sustainable future. We are committed to using practices that are good for the environment and for the people who eat our food. A few ways we work to achieve this include:

  • Growing food naturally, without the use of chemicals or pesticides.
  • Promotes biodiversity by planting a variety of crops and trees.
  • Efficient use of water and energy.
  • Protecting soil health by using cover crops and crop rotation.
  • Providing habitat for wildlife.
  • Educating the public about permaculture and sustainable agriculture.

Meet the Team

My name is Adam Stackpole, and with some help from my family, I am building Perry Paw Paws.

I had two main goals when I started the farm.

  1. Supply the heathiest food possible to the families in my community.
  2. Prove that farming can be regenerative and profitable. 

I work hard every day to meet these goals. I am really excited that you’re here and hope that in time, you will come to think of me as your farmer.

More About Adam

I graduated from Michigan State University in the spring of 2020 with a bachelors degree in Horticulture. In the summer of 2018, I studied abroad at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia where I became certified in permaculture design. 

When I’m not farming, I love to travel. When I’m away, I love climbing mountains, finding hidden beaches along the coast and meeting the people out doing the same. 

Thanks again for being here, if you have any questions, please get in touch. I would love to hear from you!

About Our Paw Paws

While attending MSU, Adam found horticulture and fell in love. A 2020 graduate, he has spent his time growing plants and carving out his niche in the industry. After five years learning the ins and outs of growing trees while working for a local tree nursery, he settled on a few species of food producing trees- namely the paw paw. After falling in love with propagating the tree and eating the fruit, he saw the demand for higher quality trees and a larger quantity of them. The industry is struggling to meet demand, something he hopes to change.

Adam spent the summer of 2022 building a climate controlled greenhouse designed specifically for paw paw propagation. With the goal to focus solely on the propagation of paw paw trees, Adam hopes this focus will help him meet the national and international demand for the trees. Currently, the trees are near impossible to buy at a residential scale due to a lack of supply. Not only does Adam hope to meet the demand for residential sales, he also hopes to be able to supply enough trees for commercial orchards to begin being planted.