Post Family Farm History

Farm History

Post Family Farm is an 80-acre farm that was purchased by Bill and Etta Post in 1969. Bill and Etta and two daughters moved in one day, and about 200 pigs moved in the next day! They raised their five kids (3 girls and 2 boys) on this pig farm, averaging 300 pigs at any given time. The Posts sold out of the pig business in 1986 and started experimenting with produce that grew well in sandy soil. They tried a variety of crops: turnips, peppers, zucchini, strawberries, and pumpkins. The pumpkins not only did well in the soil, but were also a great fit for the Farm’s business, complementing the fall hayride season nicely.

Hayrides first started in 1984, when the eldest Post daughter brought some friends home from college, and they have never stopped! They were an instant success and led to new entertainment activities being introduced over the years.

We now raise about 15 acres of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, all sold directly from the property to our guests. The Farm has truly become a family farm as all siblings and spouses work on the Farm in some capacity serving other families.

Family History

Since 1969, Bill and Etta Post have taught their five children what it takes to raise healthy crops, strong animals, and a loving family on this beautiful 80-acre farm. 

Julie Post Febus – Julie was 3 years old when she moved to 5081 Bauer Rd, the future home of Post Family Farm. She graduated from Hudsonville Christian, Unity Christian, Calvin College (Physical Education), and Indiana University (Health Promotion). After graduation, she spent 10 years teaching physical education and health, coaching basketball and softball, and serving as an athletic director, before returning home to help out on the Farm. By this time, Post Family Farm was in the beginning stages of what it is today. She joined her sister, Annette, in managing fall school tours. Today, she is the Tours Manager and handles all of the animals. She is married to Jeff Febus, who also assists at the Farm as a wedding reception DJ. They have two sons – Jarrett and Justin.

Annette Post Ediger – Annette was a year old when she moved to the 80-acre farm. She graduated from Hudsonville Christian, Unity Christian, and Calvin College (Secondary Education). She met her future husband, Jay, while working at the Christian Coalition in Pittsburg. In 1992, they were married at the Farm – the first Farm wedding! When they found out they were having their first child, they decided to move back to the Grand Rapids area to be closer to family. She decided to start fall school tours in order to be a stay-at-home mom. The first fall season of school tours took place with her daughter on her back. She made donuts in the farmhouse before the school groups arrived, then did the tours with the help of a neighbor. She eventually developed the Farm’s wedding business. She now works full-time at Church of the Servant CRC, but comes back to help the family out during the busy fall season. Jay is also a wedding reception DJ and pumpkin pricer. Jay and Annette have four daughters – Abigail, Annaka, Aarika, and Allison. 

Cheryl Post Morales – Cheryl is the youngest daughter, the first child to be born on the Farm. She graduated from Hudsonville Christian, Unity Christian, and Calvin College with both Bachelor’s (Education) and Master’s (Special Education) degrees. While teaching elementary school in Kentucky, she met her husband, Michael. They were married at the Farm in 1996 and moved back to the Hudsonville area in 1998. After teaching for a few years, the farm bug got her as well and she joined her sisters in managing the Farm. Today, she is the Wedding and Events Manager. Michael also assists at the Farm as a wedding reception DJ and has helped build several additions at the Farm over the years. Cheryl and Michael have four daughters – Alyssa, Jessica, Victoria, and Julianna.

Brian Post – Brian is Bill and Etta’s first son and fourth child. He graduated from Hudsonville Christian, Unity Christian, and Dordt College (Plant Science). He has worked in West Michigan ever since. In 2000, he too was married at the Farm. Over the years, he has worked with a greenhouse on the Farm as well as helped to maintain our showcase landscaping. He has also worked on many projects around the Farm, kept us well-stocked in firewood, and assisted with evening events with his wife Jamie. Brian and Jamie have four children – twins Katie and Becca, Ben, and Libby.

Brett Post – Brett is the youngest of the family. He graduated from Hudsonville Christian, Unity Christian, and Calvin College (Engineering). He met his wife, Mira, at Calvin in 2002. They were married in Indonesia, where her family is from, and had a second reception at the Farm. Brett stayed in the West Michigan area until his work position took him the to the Greater Detroit area in 2010. He has designed many projects at the Farm, including the Pumpkin Train, Giant Tube Slides, and the original goat walk. Mira designed the Farm’s previous website as well as wedding and event ads over the years. Brett and Mira have three children – Andrew, Arianna, and Naomi.

Property/Building History

November 8, 1936 – USA to Mary Bond (later married Francis Prescott) – 320 acres

November 2, 1837 – USA to Mary Slater (married to Leonard Slater) – 320 acres

September 17, 1848 – Leonard and Mary Slater to Benjamin Slater

1858-1870 – Records of Blendon Railroad, part of the Blendon Lumber Company, running through the Bond property. The railroad ran from the NE corner to the SW corner (Civil War 1861-1865).

April 11, 1892 – Claus Tambke (and later married Amanda)

April 23, 1946 – Raymond and Edith Zeeff (dairy farm for a few years, then chickens)

March 3, 1969 – William and Henrietta Post – 80 acres 

1915 BARN (& HOUSE) 

The Barn was built in 1915 as a dairy barn, after the original homestead burned down in the early 1900s. In the 1940s, it was remodeled for chickens, housing between one and two thousand chickens on each level. Windows were installed as chickens require light to lay eggs – still a unique feature of the Barn to this day! When Bill and Etta purchased the Farm in 1969, it was used to raise feeder pigs and house horses and cows. After selling out of the pig business in 1986, the Barn was used to clean and store produce and equipment. Over time, as more people requested using it for different activities, the Barn began to change. The old milk house became a bathroom and later wedding storage. The lean-to went from a workshop to a donut shop. A portion of the lower barn went from housing cows, chickens, pigs, and ponies, to housing an indoor straw maze before becoming the present day “Bridal Suite” and bathrooms. The old barn has found a new niche as a gathering place for people – hosting many events including barn dances, receptions, reunions, and family parties. 

POST OFFICE

This building was originally the Egg Coop, used for washing, packing, storing, and candling eggs. The Post family used it for storage and horse stalls until it became the home of our current office.

MOM’S PAVILION

The Pavilion began as a chicken barn that was built in the 1940s. In the early 1970s, it was converted to a farrowing barn for 18 sows with piglets. In the 1990s, years after Bill and Etta sold the pig business, a snow storm collapsed the roof. In 2008, the 3,000 square-f00t Pavilion was built over the foundation. It is now known as our wedding Pavilion where receptions, reunions, and picnics occur, with additions added in 2015. 

WATERFALL SITE

The waterfall/ceremony site with its lush green grass has come a long way from its days as open woods, a pig pen, and horse pasture! It hosted the first Post family wedding in 1992. In 2002, the last major improvement was made with the installation of the double waterfall, and the last of the Post kids were married on the Farm. It is now a beautifully landscaped area, hosting many weddings and events each year.

2000 BARN 

This two-story Barn was built in 2000 to house the animals and the workshop, which were moved out of the 1915 Barn. It also created more storage for farm equipment and more space for square dances and parties. We were not the first ones to realize this was a good location for a barn – there was a barn at the same location early on in the Farm’s history and several artifacts were discovered during the preparation of the foundation. Today, you will find our friendly farm animals in this Barn, and just maybe a group of friends upstairs having a grand time kicking up their heals enjoying a barn dance.

DAD’S PAVILION

Built in 2002, this pavilion was built to store tractors, farm equipment, hay, and straw. It also houses our straw play area for guests.

GREENHOUSE

It was originally built in 2000 to start a greenhouse growing business and has now turned into an additional storage area.