Michigan farm called Kuntry Gardens is caught spraying untreated HUMAN sewage on vegetables sent to local supermarkets, with locals warned to throw out anything that may be contaminated


  • Michigan Kuntry Gardens farm owner Andy Stutzman was ordered to shut down his farm after he admitted to spilling human waste on the land in January 
  • Stutzman told DailyMail.com that the waste was poured out improperly from an outhouse, but he still got the green light from a soil expert to grow produce there
  • The resulting produce was being sold at local grocery stores for months before Stutzman informed state health officials about the slip-up during an annual visit 
  • The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) then ordered Stutzman to close his farm without testing the land 

Michigan residents and grocery stores are warned to check their vegetables after a local farm admitted to dropping untreated human waste on the soil.

Kuntry Gardens farm owner Andy Stutzman was forced to shut down his farm after he told state health officials on September 28 that untreated human waste was dumped on the land from a nearby outhouse around February.

‘The human sewage was only a very small portion on a five by five area,’ Stutzman told DailyMail.com. ‘It wasn’t properly disposed. It did get out in the field. To be exact, I’d say, four gallons of product.’

Stutzman explained the sewage wasn’t mixed up with the other fertilizers but rather the waste containers from the outdoor restroom were dumped in the field – and the land wasn’t plowed until April.

‘It was underneath, it was not contacting any fruits or vegetables,’ Stutzman insisted.

The farm owner said he was told by a soil specialist that the sewage had deteriorated, but he decided to be honest with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) officials after months of the farm’s products heading to local grocery stores.

‘During a routine produce safety inspection, MDARD staff identified that Kuntry Gardens was using raw, untreated human waste on the fields where produce was grown for sale to local grocery stores and direct sales,’ the state health department wrote in an October 3 statement.

The Kuntry Gardens has since been shut down indefinitely as Stutzman has been ordered to dispose of his crops.

Kuntry Gardens farm was forced to shut down after the Michigan health department discovered human was dumped on the land earlier this year. Pictured: an aerial short of the farm located at 29910 R Drive South, Homer
Kuntry Gardens farm was forced to shut down after the Michigan health department discovered human was dumped on the land earlier this year. Pictured: an aerial short of the farm located at 29910 R Drive South, Homer

Kuntry Garden's produce was sold at local grocery stores in Michigan and have been warned to throw out the goods purchased from the farm. Pictured: White Lotus Farm where the produce was sold

Kuntry Garden’s produce was sold at local grocery stores in Michigan and have been warned to throw out the goods purchased from the farm. Pictured: White Lotus Farm where the produce was sold
Kuntry Gardens farm owner Andy Stutzman told DailyMail.com that the human waste was spread onto the land by accident. Pictured: a typical vegetable isle in a grocery store
Kuntry Gardens farm owner Andy Stutzman told DailyMail.com that the human waste was spread onto the land by accident. Pictured: a typical vegetable isle in a grocery store

White Lotus Farms released a statement regarding the produce they purchased from the farm. The store pledged to not purchase vegetables from Kuntry Gardens again

White Lotus Farms released a statement regarding the produce they purchased from the farm. The store pledged to not purchase vegetables from Kuntry Gardens again

Michigan stores impacted, include the Busch’s Fresh Food Market franchise, Simply Fresh Market, White Lotus, Argus Farm Stop and Agricole Farm Stop.

One store has agreed to halt future purchases from the Kuntry Gardens and warned customers to check their produce.

‘We’ve received word today that one of the farms we were buying produce from has contaminated fields,’ White Lotus Farms wrote on Instagram. ‘We will no longer be doing business with them but want to let you know about this immediately.

‘If you purchased zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes or green peppers recently, please throw them out and ask for a refund on your next visit. We are so sorry to give you this news!!! We hope it won’t damage your trust with us.’

Meanwhile, Greener Pastures Market said they were ‘very sad’ and ‘disappointed’ to hear about the news.

‘We wish everyone the best and that things work out and nobody will get sick,’ owner Peyton Richardson told the Detroit Free Press. ‘I am glad we were able to do something about it. Safety is our main concern. We are just sad that this happened.’

Other stores haven’t broken their silence over the news, but no illnesses have been reported to date, according to the MDARD.

The state health department advised that the consumption of human feces and lead to hepatitis A, Clostridium difficile, rotavirus, norovirus and E coli.

Pictured: Agricole Farm shop that sold the produce
Pictured: Agricole Farm shop that sold the produce

Pictured: Ypsi Coop that sold the farm's produce

Pictured: Ypsi Coop that sold the farm’s produce
Health officials said there are likely more stores that sell the farm's products hat they aren't aware of. Pictured: Fresh Market where the produce was sold

Health officials said there are likely more stores that sell the farm’s products hat they aren’t aware of. Pictured: Fresh Market where the produce was sold
No illnesses have been reported but the health department warned the consumption of human waste can lead to hepatitis A, Clostridium difficile, rotavirus, norovirus and E coli

No illnesses have been reported but the health department warned the consumption of human waste can lead to hepatitis A, Clostridium difficile, rotavirus, norovirus and E coli

While the farm has been shut down until further notice, Stutzman insisted that the state department didn’t conduct proper testing to determine the presence of human waste.

‘It wasn’t used for fertilizers,’ Stutzman said. ‘It was an oversight and it wasn’t properly disposed of and we are taking the steps that it doesn’t happen again.’

As Stutzman works to quarantine and remove his crops, he worries about his livelihood.

‘It’s impacted me greatly, that’s my livelihood, but of course, we’re concerned about people’s health,’ he said. ‘I mean this was an oversight, but there was no confirmed testing.’

Health officials are uncertain how long Stutzman’s farm will remain closed as they take the steps to correct the issue.

While the list of local grocery stores have been released, it’s uncertain whether there may be more that receive produce from the Kuntry Garden farm.

Stores Kuntry Garden Produce was sold at in Michigan

• Kuntry Gardens: 29910 R Dr South, Homer

• Busch’s Fresh Food Market stores located in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Clinton, Dexter, Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Pinckney, Plymouth-Northville, Rochester Hills, Saline, South Lyon, Tecumseh, and West Bloomfield

• Simply Fresh Market:  7300 Grand River Rd, Brighton

• White Lotus: 7217 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor

• Argus Farm Stop: 325 W Liberty Street, Ann Arbor

• Agricole Farm Stop: 118 N Main Street, Chelsea

• Pure Pastures: 1192 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth

• Ypsi Coop: 312 North River Street, Ypsilanti

• Greener Pastures Market: 21202 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon

• Holiday Market: 520 S Lilley Rd, Canton

• Cherry Capital: Traverse City

READ MORE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11284773/Michigan-farm-Kuntry-Gardens-caught-spraying-HUMAN-sewage-vegetables-sent-supermarkets.html

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