Farmer Field School
Designs by Farmer Field School presenter Amanda
Maurmann, of Gnome Grown Flower Farm
ABOUT THE FARMER FIELD SCHOOL
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. 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 supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22856. Farmer Field School is currently funded entirely by fees from participants. Sliding scale rates are supported by our annual Feast in the Field fundraiser.
For workshop questions contact:
Katie Brandt - email@example.com
Farmer Field School Program Manager 616-885-7776
2018 FARMER FIELD SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
Sunday, July 15, 9am - 4pm
CUT Flowers for Weddings & Events
Cost: Sliding Scale $45 to $150
Location: Seeley Farm,2150 Warren Road, Ann Arbor MI 48105
Speakers: Alex Cacciari of Seeley Farm and Amanda Maurmann of Gnome Grown Flower Farm
Learn how to grow, market and arrange flowers for weddings & events!
8:30 - 9 register, coffee socialize
9:30-11:30 field walk, mini-harvest, q&a, discuss production techniques, pests, weeds, variety choice, etc
11:30-12:30 convene in shade and discuss marketing: designing yourself or marketing to wedding florists
1:30-4pm arranging workshops. We'll take what we harvested (plus some pre-harvested stuff) and work up maybe 3 types of wedding pieces: bridal bouquet, boutonniere, corsage.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Adding Value to your On-Farm Marketing
6 - 7:30 PM
Speakers: Trent Thompson from Green Gardens; Jill Sweetman and Nate Lada from Green Things Farm; Corie Pierce of Bread & Butter Farm in Shelburne VT
Learn from growers selling produce and flowers through farm stands, on-farm dinners and hosting weddings on their farms.
October 7, 2018
Cost: Sliding Scale $45 to $150
Location: MSU Student Organic Farm, 3291 College Rd, Holt MI 48842
Speakers: Lee Arboreal of Live Edge Farm and Joel Clifton of Morgan's Composting.
See creative cover crop rotations at the MSU Student Organic Farm, make biochar and learn about how to amend soil nutrients and enliven your soil food web.
Tuesday, November 13, 1 to 5pm
DIY Greens Bubbler & Dryer
Cost: Sliding Scale $30 to $75
Location: Tilian Farm, 4400 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Speakers: Scott Townley from Green Wagon Farm and David Chickering from the MSU Student Organic Farm
Learn how to build a greens bubbler and how to convert a new washing machine into a greens dryer. This will be a hands-on opportunity where you will assist in building each of these for the wash station used by beginning farmers at this incubator farm.
Tuesday, December 11, 10am to noon
Cost: Free + Free Lunch at Noon
Farmer Field School presenters, participants and advocates will meet to plan Farmer Field School 2019 and other ways to collaborate.
Tuesday, December 11, 1pm - 3pm
Farmer Roundtable: Peak CSA
Cost: Free + Free Lunch from Noon to 1pm
Join beginning and experienced farmers as we take a close look at how to use creativity to sell all your farm products and CSA shares.
2017 WORKSHOP SURVEY
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