Bertrand Farm Takes on Pipeline Challenge


Bertrand Farm, a non-profit teaching farm, is facing the Enbridge pipeline construction in the Niles, Michigan area.


This is anything but a simple situation. The pipeline has a direct affect on activity wherever the pipeline traverses. Although not responding to the ABC TV request for comment, one would hope that Enbridge will treat the owner fairly, and equally hope that the owner will recognize that it is entitled to just compensation, without being hurt by or obtaining a windfall from Enbridge.

"We’re going to survive a year without it, however; Bertrand Farm Inc. might survive a year without it," Niemier said about the loss of property.

Part of her farm is dedicated to teaching people about sustainable agriculture.

Due to the placement and timing of this pipeline, she’s already had to cancel summer programs.

"It’s counter to what we believe, and what we teach," Niemier said. "And would make it really hard to have some ongoing problem while that whole construction is going on."

At a loss of what to do next, and still waiting to settle, Niemier is hoping Enbridge will buy the entire farm, and let the community take over programing.

"Bertrand Farm, Inc. can become the owners," Niemier said. "It’ll go on as an educational facility forever."