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  • Farmer Field School Workshop: Shoulder Season and Root Crop Production (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Monday, November 6th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Location:

    MSU Student Organic Farm, 3291 College Road, Holt, MI 48842

    Description:

    This workshop looks at two key aspects of season extension: Shoulder Season Production (Oct – Dec) and spring (Feb – April) and Root Crops. In both areas we will look at important practices & schedules for success, necessary production & storage infrastructure, proven crop types and varieties, post-harvest/storage management and other critical elements to moving beyond summer production.

  • Farmer Field School: Work-Life Balance for Farmers Roundtable and Workshop (December 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Lunch and Roundtable);  2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Field School)

    Location:

    Eastminster Presbyterian, 1315 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, 48823

    Description:

    Together, farmers and others will share in discussion of successful (and unsuccessful) practices and approaches to finding balance between the work of farming and life off the farm or at least off the clock. How do passion, values, ideals, goals and financial security for the farm mesh with those of family and loved ones, and our own personal limits? A look at how and why we make the decisions we do and what we can learn from each other and understand about the farm and family life we choose.

    There is no charge for this workshop. Lunch provided.

  • Fruit, Vegetable and Organic Horticulture Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management program provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the fruit and vegetable industries. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through laboratories, campus horticultural facilities for teaching and research, and a professional internship.  The 48-credit East Lansing based program is 3- 4 semesters of classroom instruction and a semester off-campus in a professional internship. It couples academics with hands-on field practice and also offers study abroad opportunities.

    Students will benefit from a core set of classes in applied plant science, soil science, entomology, irrigation systems, pruning, career development, and plant pathology.  The core required courses lay the foundation for understanding the best practices in fruit and vegetable production.   Through a wide range of elective courses in agribusiness, agricultural technology, and horticulture students can then tailor their studies to individual preferences.  Examples of elective areas include agri-food systems, sales, agricultural finance, organic farming, greenhouses, plant propagation and much more in the management of plant production.

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Description:

    The Expo is one of the premier trade shows of its kind. There are over 450 exhibitors with displays of everything needed to grow, harvest, and pack fruit and vegetables, as well as an area featuring companies with products and services for farm marketers. Over 75 educational sessions and workshops are offered on such topics as organic production, integrated pest management, and water use issues. Past activities have included a banquet, a reception, a pageant, a showcase, and a full-day bakery workshop. All three days will include educational programming that can be used for education credits and certification.

  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Resources for the Agricultural Industry

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The food and agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy, and its contribution is growing, increasing more than 50 percent from 2004 to 2010. In truly integrated fashion, our links in the navigational bar (see left) span the management of insects, weeds, plant diseases and advice for keeping crops healthy to resist plant damage.  Resources are available on the following topics:

    • Christmas Trees
    • Fruit
    • Field Crops
    • Organic Agriculture
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Vegetables
  • Michigan Organic Farming Exchange

    Location:

    Center for Regional Food Systems, Room 303, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Michigan Organic Farming Exchange site offers agricultural producers and farmers with technical information and guidance to manage soil, grow organic crops and identify profitable markets. The exchange provides information to farmers and consumers interested in understanding organic production methods and suggests ways to successfully transition conventional production to organic-certified or not.

  • MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

    Location:

     Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The goal of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.  It strives to:

    • Partner across Michigan to advance the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter.
    • Educate new generations to lead regional food systems research and practice.
    • Cultivate and support communities of practice around emerging regional food systems issues and opportunities.
    • Increase the visibility of and access to MSU resources that support regional good food systems.
    • Expand the resource base for regional food systems applied research, education and outreach.
    • Develop farmers and farms for regional food systems
    • Expand and coordinate engagement of MSU faculty and staff in interdisciplinary regional food systems applied research, education, and outreach.

     

     

  • MSU Student Organic Farm Tours

    Dates:

    Please see availability at the website below.

     

    Location:

    MSU Student Organic Farm, 3291 College Rd, Holt, MI, 48842.

    Description:

    Join MSU Student Organic Farm’s Outreach Coordinator, Adam Montri, for an informal tour of the fields, hoophouses, CSA distribution room, transplant greenhouse, and more with plenty of opportunities to ask questions about all parts of the Student Organic Farm. There is no charge for these tours due to funding from the USDA Rick Management Agency.

  • Organic Farmer Mentor Program

    Description:

    The Organic Farming Mentor Program is an opportunity for experienced organic farmers to support those new to the practice through education and instruction. We are seeking farmers (both certified and non-certified) to participate in our program, and share their knowledge with others.

  • Organic Farmer Training Program (March - November 2017)

    Dates:

    2017 Program Dates: March 3rd through November 17th

    Location:

    Farm location: Horticulture Teaching and Research Center, 3291 College Rd., Holt, MI 48842

    Description:

    This intensive program provides hands-on experience in managing and working on our 4-season farm, combined with lectures, readings and workshops and is designed to give participants a solid foundation in the principles, practices, management, business planning and hard skills needed to operate an organic farm.

  • Soil Ecology and Management Information Resource

    Location:

    Online at the Website below.

    Description:

    The Soil Ecology and Management Website aids agricultural professionals in applying ecological principles to the management of soil. Building soil resources provides the foundation for healthy farms, communities, the environment, and future livelihoods. This Web site addresses key principles of soil ecological mangement, including biodiversity, vegetative cover, and soil quality. Practical management tools in line with these principles include the use of cover crops, compost, manure, and reduced tillage.

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