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 - email@example.com
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>
Sunday, March 19 9am – 5pm
Vegetable Transplant Production Success!
Cost: $150 - 1st person from farm, $40 for 2nd - NEW - Scholarships now Available (See button below)
Location: Cinzori Farm, 10506 F Drive South, Ceresco, MI
Presenters: Anthony Cinzori, Cinzori Farm, Denae Friedheim, MSU Student Organic Farm
Join us at one of Michigan’s oldest and largest diverse organic vegetable farms, Cinzori Farm, for a look at their strategies for large scale transplant production as they grow transplants for more than 70 acres of vegetables. Denae Friedheim will also share techniques and lessons learned from the 13 years of vegetable transplant production at the MSU Student Organic Farm.
FUTURE 2017 FARMER FIELD SCHOOL WORKSHOPS (TENTATIVE)
May - Irrigation Systems, Tools and Techniques (1/2-Day Workshop)
July/August - Cut Flowers
September - Crop Intensive: Brassicas
November - Shoulder Season and Root Crop Production
2017 WORKSHOP SURVEY
Help us identify the workshops you would most like to attend by following this link and filing out this short (2 min.) survey