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  • 4-H Tractor Safety Program for Youth Farm Workers (April - May, 2018)

    Dates:

    Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A written and driving test will be given on Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Location:

    NW Michigan Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy., Traverse City

    Description:

    Class curriculum follows the National Safe Tractor and Operational Machinery Program. Successful completion of a tractor operation safety course is required for all youth under the age of 16 who perform farm jobs classified as hazardous, under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hazardous Occupation Order. To become certified, participants must attend all five course sessions, pass a written test and a tractor driving test. 

    $85 per person– includes:  classes, manual, certificate and lunch on test day. Some scholarships are available if finances are an issue.

  • MAEAP (Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program) Phase 1 Events

    Dates:

    Please see current offerings at the link below

    Location:

    Various

    Description:

    The first step to getting MAEAP-verified is attending a Phase 1 Educational Session or viewing online videos, webinars and articles or attending an educational meeting. Please see current and upcoming offerings at the link below.

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

    Location:

    Applicants attend classes in their county.

    Description:

    The Michigan Master Gardener Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program offered by MSU Extension. It provides home gardening information to Michigan citizens through a network of trained volunteers. An interest in plants, a personal commitment to volunteerism, and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others are the only prerequisites. Applicants attend classes in their county, learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally sound gardening practices. They then provide volunteer leadership and service to their community through a variety of gardening-related activities. The program objectives are to provide instruction in basic horticultural science to motivated active gardeners and to provide MSU Extension with trained volunteers who will provide timely, accurate information to the public in the rapidly expanding area of home horticulture.

  • Southwest Michigan Horticulture Days (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 7 - 8, 2018

    Location:

    Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, Michigan, 49022

    Description:

    Southwest Horticulture Days is a trade show, an opportunity to continue education, and a social event for horticultural crop producers in Southwest Michigan. We will have material on wine grapes, juice grapes, tree fruit, blueberries, vegetables and small direct-market farmers. Southwest Hort Days 2018 will feature educational sessions taken to the next level with experts from around the state and around the nation including a few of your fellow fruit and vegetable growers. Topics of interest will include: climate change, pollinator conservation and cover cropping. The wine grape session will feature a special discussion on techniques to improve color stability in red vinifera both in the vineyard and in the winery. New this year will be a whole session on successfully tapping into the growing direct-market opportunities for fruit and vegetable in our region.

  • Wine Grape Vineyard Establishment Conference (February 2018)

    Dates:

    Friday, February 9, 2018.  8:30 am - 4:30 pm

     

    Location:

    • Benton Harbor - Berrien County MSU Extension, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    • Traverse City - Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684

    Description:

    This is a hybrid webinar-live workshop broadcast at two locations simultaneously for those interested in starting a wine grape vineyard in Michigan.  The following topics will be covered:

    • Soil Fertility
    • Site Selection
    • Wine Grape Varieties
    • Management of Key Pests
    • Site Preparation
    • Planting and Care
    • Vine Training
    • Trellis Construction
    • Vineyard Establishment Costs
    • Resources for Growers

    Lunch and refreshments are included.

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