Don Coe

 

The team that turned a 120-acre equestrian facility into a renowned agricultural destination south of Suttons Bay has announced an ownership transition. Don Coe, who with partner Kerm Campbell turned Sport Valley Farm into Black Star Farms and created a world-class winery, bed & breakfast operation and agri-tourism destination, is retiring. Kerm and wife Sallie Campbell have bought out partners Don and Marylou Coe to take full ownership of the 17-year-old operation.  “I am 75 years old,” says Coe. “I made a promise to my wife – it’s time for us now. It is time to retire.”

Campbell, the farm’s major grape grower/supplier, assures that guests will experience business as usual.   “We have assembled a top-notch team who will continue providing guests with the most remarkable experience … Our family is looking forward to providing more great experiences in 2016 and beyond,” says Campbell.

Coe has a long history of promoting Michigan’s agricultural industry, serving two terms on the Michigan Commission of Agriculture & Rural Development, including a stint as chair. He received the Milliken Distinguished Leadership Award from the Michigan Land Use Institute in 2012 for his work in advocating for farming and the importance of an agricultural economy.