Farmer Field School
ABOUT THE FARMER FIELD SCHOOL
Begun in 2015, the MSU Farmer Field School is comprised of intensive one and two day hands-on workshops. They 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. See Past Workshops.
Experienced farmers and premier agriculture educators from our region are teaming up to co-lead and deliver workshops in the Farmer Field School. Each workshop also includes group-based learning processes where diverse approaches to farming challenges can be shared and discussed by participants and workshop presenters and demonstrated at host farm sites. For the current cycle, workshops will take place on select farms in southern Michigan with a goal of expanding the workshops to other regions of the state as the program develops.
With an emphasis on vegetable production, the Field School is designed to help improve the profitability of diversified, sustainable, Michigan farmers in their first 10 years of farming who serve local and regional markets. The Field School is part of a broader vision and collaboration among statewide organizations including the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and Michigan Food and Farming Systems to help increase new farm success by working to make farming a more prosperous, secure, and sustainable career choice for the many beginning as well as future farmers in Michigan– to keep farmers farming, farmland in production, and food local and regional.
This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22856.
For workshop questions contact:
Tom Cary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmer Field School Program Manager 616-916-9823
Please find below our Current Year of Michigan Farmer Field School workshops. Dates, presenters, and locations are forthcoming. <Past Workshops>
Wednesday, May 24 1 – 5pm (HALF DAY WORKSHOP!)
Irrigation Success: Strategies & Design for the Small Farm
Cost: $70 ($25 for 2nd person from same farm) NEW - Scholarships now Available (See button below)
Location: 4960 Quiggle Ave SE, Ada, MI 49301
Presenters: Chad & Heather Anderson, Green Wagon Farm and, Lee Arboreal, Live Edge
Join us for this information packed, hands on workshop on irrigation options, design and practices. Get perspectives on design and equipment purchases for a reliable irrigation system from Green Wagon Farm, a diverse vegetable CSA & market farm as well as from Live Edge which specializes in larger wholesale vegetable production with a background in direct to market vegetable production.
Discussion and farm tour will also include irrigation prioritization (what is most or least priority) , dry land farming approaches, and designing the best system you can with limited funds or water supply. We will also cover weather and moisture monitoring and fertigation tools.
Refreshments & snacks provided.
SUMMER/FALL 2017 FARMER FIELD SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
July/August - Cut Flowers @ Owosso Organics (Owosso)
September - Crop Intensive: Brassicas @ Understory Farm (Bangor)
November - Shoulder Season and Root Crop Production @ MSU Student Org. Farm (Holt)
2017 WORKSHOP SURVEY
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