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  • Farmer Field School Workshops (2020)

    Dates:

    Please see upcoming dates at the website listed below.

    Location:

    Please see locations at the website listed below.

    Description:

    Each Farmer Field School workshop features in-depth, practical insights from the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community. Experienced farmers and agricultural educators team up to co-lead and teach each workshop. Farmer Field School is designed to improve the profitability of diversified, sustainable farms in their first 10 years.

  • 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 2019)

    Dates:

    August 3, 2019.  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

     

    Location:

    1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Join us for 2019 Garden Day with our keynote Matt Ross from Longwood Gardens! Matthew Ross is the Director of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens where he oversees the development and delivery of over 170 programs annually in the concentrations of ornamental horticulture, landscape design, visual arts, and floral design.

    Matt will give two keynote talks titled "Go Green, Go White, Get Variegated" and "Hidden Gems: The Best Gardens in America You've Never Heard Of".  In addition, there will be nine break-out sessions to choose from as well.

  • 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.

     

  • 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 2020)

    Dates:

    July 27 - August 7, 2020

    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.

  • 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.

  • Virtual Bee Palooza (Spring/Summer 2020)

    Dates:

    Spring/Summer 2020

    Location:

    Anywhere

    Description:

    In 2020, Bee Palooza goes virtual...

    Over the next few months we will be working on what we're calling Virtual Bee Palooza. Instead of hosting a large event at the MSU Gardens in East Lansing in June, we will be posting a set of curated materials and suggested activities that people will be able to explore on their own from wherever they may be.

    The Bee Hotel will still remain in the MSU Horticulture Gardens for people to visit, but we hope that this new format will inspire people all over the State of Michigan (and bee-yond!) to consider how they can become better pollinator stewards in their own communities.

  • 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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