Upcoming Educational Opportunities:

  • Anytime:
    • ATTRA Tutorials – self-guided and comprehensive multi-lesson tutorials in Scaling Up for Regional Markets, Pest Management, Farm Business Planning & Marketing for Beginnners, and Getting Started in Farming.
    • USDA Science & Technology Training Library – contains hundreds of archived webinars on Bioenergy, Conservation, Forestry, and Sustainable Forests.  Lists of upcoming webinars are also available on the site.
    • Farmer-to-Farmer Podcast with Chris Blanchard.  "Chris is a veteran farmer and educator who draws on over 25 years of experience to get at the big ideas and practical details that go into making a farm work.  Whether his guests are discussing employment philosophy or the best techniques for cultivating carrots, his down-to-earth conversations with experienced farmers - and the occasional non-farmer - will be time well spent."
    • Summaries of presentations at the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium are now available online at http://eorganic.info/node/16778. Many of the workshops and keynote presentations were recorded live and may be viewed via the eOrganic YouTube channel.

 


Soil Care — Mar 18

Saturday, March 18, 12:30-2pm, at Hunter Park GardenHouse, $12 registration.  Create healthy soil for your backyard space or community garden. Workshop led by Brian Allnutt of Detroit Farm and Garden. To RSVP click the following link at Eventbrite. For more info, contact Leah Kate McKenney at gardeningeducator@allenneighborhoodcenter.org or 517-999-3913.


Vegetable Transplant Production Success — Mar 19

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 40 acres of vegetables. Denae Friedhiem will also share techniques and lessons learned from the 13 years of vegetable transplant production at the MSU Student Organic Farm.  Presenters: Anthony Cinzori, Cinzori Farm,  Denae Friedheim, MSU Student Organic Farm. Cost: $150 for 1st person from farm ($40 for additional). Location: Cinzori Farm, 10506 F Drive South, Ceresco, MI 49033 [directions].  For more information: www.msuorganicfarm.org/farmer-field-school.html.
 


Getting Started with Blueberries — Mar 27

With Mark Longstroth, MSU Extension.  Beginning producers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in a series of nine online programs addressing crop and livestock production and marketing on weekday evenings Jan. 30 through May 8, 2017.  Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, on-line chat to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. The live webinar presentations will begin at 7 p.m. EST and run not later than 9 p.m. EST. A $10 fee is charged for each webinar in the series, or $45 for the full series (50% savings!). You may register for all or some of the courses at any time, even if the session has already taken place.  In that case, you will get a link to the recorded program.  The webinars will be delivered on the ZOOM Webinar platform.  A high-speed internet connection is required, and connection information will be emailed after registration.

Download the flyer for individual webinar descriptions, or find more information on the website.


Can-Do Camp— Mar 29-Jun 21

We are happy to share that the Can-Do Kitchen is launching an evolution of our incubation programming. Can-Do Camp is a 12-week program of weekly classes for any aspiring food business owner.

Participants will receive our resource guides, step-by-step help on the necessary steps, and guidance on best practices of getting ready to launch a food business. We'll bring experts and experienced food businesses into Can-Do Camp giving you the chance to learn directly and have one to one time. You'll work alongside a cohort of peers who are experiencing similar challenges and also have helpful skills and experience.

The first step on the path to Can-Do Camp is to attend a Group Tour and receive an application. Applications are due on February 28th. Can-Do Camp begins March 29th. The startup cost is $250.

Sign up for a Tour (February 6th 6:30pm or February 18th 12:00) here: http://www.candokitchen.org/group-tours-information/.


Vermicomposting — Apr 1

Saturday, April 1, 12:30-2pm, at Hunter Park GardenHouse,$12 registration.  Learn about vermicomposting and how to start your own outdoor worm composting bin at home. Workshop led by MSU graduate research assistant, Brooke Comer and MSU horticulture student, Mary Haven. To RSVP click the following link at Eventbrite. For more info, contact Leah Kate McKenney at gardeningeducator@allenneighborhoodcenter.org or 517-999-3913.


Getting Started with Crop Nutrient Management — Apr 3

With Jim Isleib, MSU Extension.  Beginning producers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in a series of nine online programs addressing crop and livestock production and marketing on weekday evenings Jan. 30 through May 8, 2017.  Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, on-line chat to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. The live webinar presentations will begin at 7 p.m. EST and run not later than 9 p.m. EST. A $10 fee is charged for each webinar in the series, or $45 for the full series (50% savings!). You may register for all or some of the courses at any time, even if the session has already taken place.  In that case, you will get a link to the recorded program.  The webinars will be delivered on the ZOOM Webinar platform.  A high-speed internet connection is required, and connection information will be emailed after registration.

Download the flyer for individual webinar descriptions, or find more information on the website.


Getting Started with Aquaculture — Apr 10

With Elliot Nelson, Michigan Sea Grant.  Beginning producers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in a series of nine online programs addressing crop and livestock production and marketing on weekday evenings Jan. 30 through May 8, 2017.  Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, on-line chat to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. The live webinar presentations will begin at 7 p.m. EST and run not later than 9 p.m. EST. A $10 fee is charged for each webinar in the series, or $45 for the full series (50% savings!). You may register for all or some of the courses at any time, even if the session has already taken place.  In that case, you will get a link to the recorded program.  The webinars will be delivered on the ZOOM Webinar platform.  A high-speed internet connection is required, and connection information will be emailed after registration.

Download the flyer for individual webinar descriptions, or find more information on the website.


Gardening 101 — Apr 15

Saturday, April 15, 12:30-2pm, at Hunter Park GardenHouse, $12 registration.  Are you new to gardening? Learn the basics and skills to become a successful gardener. Workshop led by mom and daughter pair, Cindi McKenney and Leah Kate McKenney of Hunter Park GardenHouse. To RSVP click the following link at Eventbrite. For more info, contact Leah Kate McKenney at gardeningeducator@allenneighborhoodcenter.org or 517-999-3913.


Planning and Operating a Mixed Fruit Orchard — Apr 24

With Bob Tritten, MSU Extension.  Beginning producers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in a series of nine online programs addressing crop and livestock production and marketing on weekday evenings Jan. 30 through May 8, 2017.  Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, on-line chat to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. The live webinar presentations will begin at 7 p.m. EST and run not later than 9 p.m. EST. A $10 fee is charged for each webinar in the series, or $45 for the full series (50% savings!). You may register for all or some of the courses at any time, even if the session has already taken place.  In that case, you will get a link to the recorded program.  The webinars will be delivered on the ZOOM Webinar platform.  A high-speed internet connection is required, and connection information will be emailed after registration.

Download the flyer for individual webinar descriptions, or find more information on the website.


Container Gardening — Apr 29

Saturday, April 29, 12:30-2pm, at Hunter Park GardenHouse, $12 registration.  Container gardening has become a popular form of flower, veggie and herb gardening and is ideal for people with little outdoors space or living in an urban setting. Workshop led by Leah Kate McKenney of Hunter Park GardenHouse. To RSVP click the following link at Eventbrite. For more info, contact Leah Kate McKenney at gardeningeducator@allenneighborhoodcenter.org or 517-999-3913.


Producing and Selling Eggs — May 8

With Dr. Darrin Karcher, Purdue UniversitySmall Vegetable Farm Systems, with Abbey Palmer of MSU North Farm.  Beginning producers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in a series of nine online programs addressing crop and livestock production and marketing on weekday evenings Jan. 30 through May 8, 2017.  Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, on-line chat to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. The live webinar presentations will begin at 7 p.m. EST and run not later than 9 p.m. EST. A $10 fee is charged for each webinar in the series, or $45 for the full series (50% savings!). You may register for all or some of the courses at any time, even if the session has already taken place.  In that case, you will get a link to the recorded program.  The webinars will be delivered on the ZOOM Webinar platform.  A high-speed internet connection is required, and connection information will be emailed after registration.

Download the flyer for individual webinar descriptions, or find more information on the website.


Plants and Their Pollinators — May 13

Saturday, May 13, 12:30-2pm, at Hunter Park GardenHouse, $12 registration.  Need more productivity out of your garden? Learn more about which plants attract pollinators. Workshop led by former MSU perennial garden manager, Renata Reibitz. To RSVP click the following link at Eventbrite. For more info, contact Leah Kate McKenney at gardeningeducator@allenneighborhoodcenter.org or 517-999-3913.


Designing Garden Beds — May 27

Saturday, May 27, 12:30-2pm, at Hunter Park GardenHouse, $12 registration.  Learn how to design beautiful garden beds at home. Workshop led by recent MSU horticulture graduate, Ryan Betzer. To RSVP click the following link Eventbrite. For more info, contact Leah Kate McKenney at gardeningeducator@allenneighborhoodcenter.org or 517-999-3913.


Organic Pest Management — Jun 10

 Saturday, June 10, 12:30-2pm, at Hunter Park GardenHouse, $12 registration.  Learn how to identify, prevent, and treat vegetable plant damage by common pests. Workshop led by Adam Ingrao of Bee Wise Farm. To RSVP click the following link at Eventbrite. For more info, contact Leah Kate McKenney at gardeningeducator@allenneighborhoodcenter.org or 517-999-3913.


 Flower Arranging — Jul 8

Saturday, July 8, 12:30-2pm, at Hunter Park GardenHouse,$12 registration.  Learn how to create a beautiful, cut-flower garden, and which flower varieties work best for bouquets. Make and take home your own bouquet. Workshop led by MSU perennial garden manager, Bethany Troy. To RSVP click the following link at Eventbrite. For more info, contact Leah Kate McKenney at gardeningeducator@allenneighborhoodcenter.org or 517-999-3913.


Learn to Farm— Aug 30-Dec 15; Jan 8-May 4, 2018

Are you interested in learning how to farm?  The Novice Farmer Program might be what you are looking for.  The Novice Farmer Program is a pilot program combining nine on-line courses (18 credits) and a four-month (6 credits) on-farm experience to train participants in year-round organic farming. The program focuses on diversified nutrient dense crop production for local markets.  Participants gain a foundation of knowledge through the on-line courses and then develop competencies in farm skills and business planning through experiential learning opportunities that revolve around the daily operation of MSU’s North Farm located in Michigan’s upper peninsula.  The program is designed to give participants a strong foundation in production skills and prepare them for additional experiences or education.  For more and information, a list of specific courses, and links to the application visit www.msunorthfarm.org.