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:
Katie Brandt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmer Field School Program Manager 616-885-7776
Please find below our Current Year of Michigan Farmer Field School workshops. Dates, presenters, and locations are forthcoming. <Past Workshops>
Spring 2018 FARMER FIELD SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
Monday, April 30, 2018 9am-4:30pm (Registration at 8:30am)
Designing your Packing Shed
Cost: FREE (Lunch provided + Free copy of Direct Market Success Manual)
Location: Eastminster Presbyterian, 1315 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, 48823
Speaker: Atina Diffley, organic farmer & author of Turn Here, Sweet Corn
A well-designed packing shed is a crucial component of an efficient farming operation. The value of high-quality produce can be lost quickly if it isn't cleaned, cooled and moved into cold storage in a quick and efficient manner. Good post-harvest facilities can dramatically improve speed, efficiency, health, safety and employee morale. In this session we will discuss packing shed designs and product flow. We will also work on designing or redesigning YOUR packing sheds. We will discuss:
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