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  • Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show (January 2018)


    January 16 - 17, 2018



    Grand Traverse Resort, 100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Boulevard, Williamsburg, MI 49690


    Both days of this conference will offer a variety of topics relating to research and information on tart cherries, sweet cherries, apples, wine grapes, berry crops and saskatoons, addressing both production and marketing. Wednesday’s general sessions will open with the annual meeting of the Cherry Marketing Institute, followed by their luncheon, which is free to cherry growers if they pre-register with Cherry Marketing Institute by phone 517-669-4264 or by email at

    The Fruit Industry Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, January 16, The Cherry Marketing Institute annual meeting and luncheon will be on Wednesday, January 17. Wednesday’s luncheon is free to cherry growers if they pre-register with Cherry Marketing Institute (more information below about registering). The exhibit hall will be open during the show to feature vendors of orchard and vineyard equipment and supplies, commodity organizations and other exhibitors.

  • Viticulture Certificate Program (Dowagiac and Traverse City, MI)


    Online and On-site in either Traverse City, MI (Northwestern Michigan College) or Dowagiac, MI (Southwestern Michigan College) 


    Viticulture is a term used that refers to grape production and vineyard management.  In response to an industry need for professionals with regional grape industry knowledge, the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology has partnered with Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan to offer a Viticulture Certificate program.  Students in the program will also take online courses from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).  This combined program will enable students to complete a Viticulture Certificate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology while working towards an Associate’s degree from SMC.

    The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry.  Students enrolled in the program will take courses related to plants, soils, pests, plant disease, pruning techniques, and vineyard management.

  • Wine Grape Vineyard Establishment Conference (February 2018)


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



    • 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


    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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