Farmer Field School
Caterpillar Tunnels @ New City Farm in Grand Rapids
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 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 - email@example.com
Farmer Field School Program Manager 616-885-7776
2018 FARMER FIELD SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
Tuesday, April 10, 8am - noon
DIY Caterpillar Tunnel Build
Location: New City Urban Farm, 1226 Union NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Speaker: Lance Kraai of New City Urban Farm
Every Year, New City Urban Farm adds a new caterpillar tunnel to their intensively cropped 2 acres in the Creston Neighborhood of Grand Rapids. This year, they are adding 2 new caterpillar tunnels. You will be able to pull and secure plastic on one tunnel before bending hoops and building another tunnel. Join us on April 10 and you will gain the skills to construct the lowest-cost hoophouses on your own farmsite.
Sunday, July 15, 9am - 4pm
CUT Flowers for Weddings & Events
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.
October 7, 2018
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.
Date & Time TBA (November 2018)
DIY Greens Bubbler & Dryer
Location: Tilian Farm, Ann Arbor
Learn how to build a greens bubbler and how to convert a new washing machine into a greens dryer.
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.
Monday, April 30, 2018 9am-4:30pm (Registration at 8:30am)
Designing your Packing Shed
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL!
Location: Eastminster Presbyterian, 1315 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, 48823
2017 WORKSHOP SURVEY
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