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  • Advanced Diagnostics Workshop: A Smart Gardeners Guide (June, July, August 2018)

    Dates:

    Three part series: Fridays, June 22, July 20, and August 24, 2018. 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    Kent MSU Extension, 775 Ball Avenue, NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Description:

    Hone your gardening skills and gain confidence during this three-part, hands-on diagnostic series! Classroom sessions coupled with hands-on learning in a garden setting will help participants use science-based resources to diagnose many types of plant problems.

  • Farmer Field School Workshops (Summer/Fall 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see upcoming dates at the website listed below.

    Location:

    Please see locations at the website listed below.

    Description:

    The MSU Farmer Field School is comprised of intensive one and two day hands-on workshops. These are tailored to deliver in-depth, practical information built upon the foundational work of the MSU Organic Farmer Training Program and the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community.  The following workshops are offered in 2018:

    • Cut Flowers for Weddings and Events
    • Adding Value to your On-Farm Marketing
    • Crop Fertility
    • DIY Greens Dryer and Bubbler Build
    • Farmer Brain Trust
    • Peak CSA Roundtable
  • 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.

  • Garden Day Workshop (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 4, 2018.  8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

     

    Location:

    1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Join us for a very special 25th Anniversary edition Garden Day and be inspired by 40 year veteran, Tracy Disabato-Aust! Tracy is an award winning garden designer, international speaker, best-selling author, and world class triathlete with a passion for plants and design as well as a dynamic inspiring message. In addition to two keynote presentations by Tracy, you'll enjoy your choice of two engaging workshops, garden tours, a book-signing with Tracy, morning coffee, lunch, materials and complimentary parking. You will also have the opportunity to peruse our Green Garden Marketplace for plants, books, garden accessories and other great buys!

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo (December 2018)

    Dates:

    December 4 - 6, 2018

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Hotel, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    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 three days, the program includes 70+ sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers’ markets and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor.

    Presentations will be made by researchers and Extension educators from Michigan State University, other Land Grant universities and industry. Many of the education sessions will offer credits for Michigan and Ohio Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisors.

  • Hidden Lakes Gardens (Tipton, MI)

    Location:

    6214 Monroe Road (M-50), Tipton, MI, 49287. (Approximately 70 miles from MSU's campus).

    Description:

    MSU's Hidden Lake Gardens is Michigan's best kept secret! It covers 755 acres of meadows and oak-hickory woodlands filled with an abundance of native flora and fauna. The Gardens are open 362 days of the year with an admission fee of $3 per person. Self-guided tours are a great way to see the Gardens at your own pace and to suit your personal interest. Guided tours, requested at least two weeks in advance, are available at no additional charge. In addition to more than 6 miles of one-way paved drives, there are 5 miles of hiking trails to allow the visitor a closer look at the beauty that the Gardens provide.

    Audience: Horticulturalists; general public.

  • Landscape Management Certificate Program (Muskegon, Sidney, Traverse City, and Wayne County, MI)

    Location:

    • Wayne County Community College District--Downriver Area: Taylor, MI
    • Muskegon Community College: Muskegon, MI
    • Montcalm Community College: Sidney, MI
    • Northwestern Michigan College: Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    The Landscape Management program provides training for students to select, use, and manage landscape plants and lawns. Students obtain a working knowledge of plant growth, development, and identification which prepares them for careers in the green industry.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate degree from a local college The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the fruit and vegetable industry.

     

  • Library Environmental Series (September, October 2018)

    Dates:

    • September 13, 2018: 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
    • October 11, 2018: 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm

    Location:

    Tours begin near the shed in the Beal Botanical Garden.  In case of severe weather, join us for a virtual tour of the garden in the Main Library's Beal Classroom (3rd floor west wing).

    Description:

    The 2018 Library Environmental Series includes:

    • September 13, 2018: Beal Botanical Garden Tour: Toxic Plants and Their Roles in the Insect World
    • October 11, 2018: Beal Botanical Garden Tour: Plants and the Geometry of Nature
  • Master Gardener College (September 2018)

    Dates:

    September 14 - 15, 2018

     

    Location:

    MSU Campus, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Master Gardener College is packed full of informative workshops, educational sessions, engaging speakers, idea sharing with other Master Gardeners, and of course buying opportunities. And, as always, participants can obtain education re-certification credits for participating.

  • 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.

  • Michigan Garden Plant Tour (July/August 2018)

    Dates:

    July 30 - August 10, 2018

    Location:

    Various locations across Michigan.  Please see the website listed below.

    Description:

    This annual Michigan Garden Plant Tour is a free, coordinated open house of leading young plant producers of ornamentals and Michigan State University.  The objective of the Tour is to educate growers and industry professionals about new and existing plant selections and how they perform in different settings. Expect to learn about a wide range of ornamental crops, including popular commercial brands of annuals and perennials. This is a terrific way to observe plant performance at different locations and grown under various conditions, both in the ground and in containers.

  • Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo - Annual Conference and Trade Show (December 2018)

    Dates:

    December 4 - 6, 2018

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, in coordination with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo, offers over 70 educational sessions and workshops covering topics such as:fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers’ markets and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor. The trade show has more than 450 exhibitors covering 4 acres of exhibit space.

  • MSU Diagnostics Services Laboratory

    Location:

    578 Wilson Rd, Room 107, East Lansing, MI, 48824-1311.

    Description:

    The MSU Diagnostic Services Lab assists a wide variety of people experiencing problems with plants and pests. There are many things that cause plant problems. This laboratory specializes in diagnosing problems caused by arthropods (insects, mites, ticks, etc.), pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses), and nematodes.

  • MSU Plant Trial Field Day (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 7, 2018.  8:30 am - 2:00 pm

    Location:

    1066 Bogue Street, MSU Campus, Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. (1st floor), East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    Commercial growers, landscapers, and advanced gardeners are invited to this annual event to learn about some of the superior new plants and how they have performed in the MSU Trial Gardens. Plant performance, ornamental characteristics, and special needs of plants will be covered by MSU Horticulture Gardens staff. 

     

  • Native Pollinator Workshop (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 18, 2018. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Location:

    Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012

    Description:

    Come and learn about providing habitat for pollinators with KBS scientist, Dr. Nick Haddad, during a fun and informative workshop at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. The class will explore the pollinators currently in the Sanctuary’s native plant gardens during this workshop.

  • W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens (MSU's Campus, East Lansing, MI)

    Location:

    Located on MSU's Campus in East Lansing, MI.

    Description:

    MSU's W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens is a unique display of more than 5,000 different kinds of plants that can be found on a five-acre on-campus site. Although the Gardens serve as an outdoor laboratory for students, the general public is warmly invited to make use of the garden to learn about and enjoy plants in a beautiful setting. The Gardens are open at all times throughout the year without an admission charge, serving as a wonderful experience for children who are encouraged to come, learn, and enjoy.

  • W.K. Kellogg Manor House Tours, Programs, and Events

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060.

    Description:

    The historic Kellogg Manor House, a beautiful example of Tudor Revival architecture, represents an important and fascinating time in Michigan's history. The Manor House offers field trips, tours, programs, and public events throughout the year.

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