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.
    • Recorded presentations and associated materials from the Bionutrient Association's Soil & Nutrition Conferences over the past several years.  Too many well-known names to list, connecting the dots between healthy soils, healthy people, and a healthy planet.
    • Videos and presentations from the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health sessions are now available.

 


Employment Law for the Farm: Q & A Webinar — May 31

Please join New Entry Sustainable Food Project and the Legal Food Hub for Employment Law for the Farm: Q & A Webinar. As the farming season begins, do you have last minute questions about the legal implications of your farm apprentice program? Do you have questions about the agricultural exemption from minimum wage? Wondering whether you need to worry about overtime or what records you need to keep about your farm employees this summer? Join our webinar to ask your employment law questions to a leading expert in Massachusetts. Beth O’Neal, an employment law attorney and partner at Conn Kavanaugh in Boston, will answer your questions. Please note, when you register, you will be prompted to submit any questions you may have about Ag employment law. Please contact legalfoodhub@clf.org with any questions.

You are encouraged to review Beth's webinar Ag Employment Law & Your Farm from March 14, 2018 in advance. We hope you can join us for this informative event!  Registration is required.


Community Food Forests — Jun 1

Community Food Forests: Collaboratively growing & harvesting food in forest-like ecosystems with Catherine Bukowski of Virgina Tech. 1:30 pm EDT.  Learn about Catherine's work to profile community food forests across the United States to better understand the successes and challenges in the management of both the vegetative and social components. She will speak about using the Community Capitals Framework as a lens to view how community assets are used to develop them as well as these stocks (human, social, cultural, environmental, economic, political and built) are transformed, re-invested or created through the processes of a site.
Register Now!  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information on our webinar series check out our website: NEMA Agroforestry Webinars.


Raising Goats on Pasture Workshop — Jun 2

Enjoy a Saturday morning on the farm as we discuss how to successfully raise goats on pasture.  Join Mike & Angie Hall on a tour of their pasture based meat goat operation. Mike & Angie have over 15 years of experience grazing their herd of 40 meat goats on pasture.  Topics covered include rotational grazing methods, when and how much to graze, types of fence, managing internal parasites, and much more.  This is a great opportunity for small farmers - beginners or experienced - to learn from actual farmers who manage pastures for goat production.  Cost is $25/person or $40/farm couple payable day of workshop.  Registration is required before May 31st.  Contact Mike at 419-561-8280 for more information or to register.


Livestock on the Small Farm — Jun 10

Livestock can be a great addition to the small farm or homestead, providing a wide range of benefits, including land management services, meat, fiber, and income. This workshop will focus on the basics of pig and sheep management for the small-scale producer with presentations by Ben and Denise Bartlett, Log Cabin Livestock and Dale Rozeboom, MSU Animal Science.

The course will begin at 1 pm at MSU North Farm, then move to visit farms in Alger County with an emphasis on demonstration and hands-on activities so you can practice what you learn in class with other farmers and gardeners. $30 per course, or $100 for the series. Farm rate is available for multiple individuals from the same farm: $45 per course, or $150 for the series. Register at www.msunorthfarm.org/short-courses.html.


Vines to Wines — Jun 12

This is a FREE networking opportunity of the Viticulture Series 2018 and hosted by North Central Michigan College and the Straits Area Grape Growers Association (SAGGA). Meet and talk with the winemakers and grape growers from northern Michigan. Learn the techniques of establishing a vineyard and growing cold hardy grapes. Discuss the best practices of transforming the grapes into award winning wines. Then do a tasting evaluation of some of the wines produced here in our region.

Featured key note speaker is Bryan Ulbrich from Left Foot Charley Wine & Cider, Traverse City. He will be joined in a panel discussion by Thomas Todaro – MSU - NW Michigan Horticulture Research Center, Matt Killman – Cool Climate Consulting, and Patrick McGloon – Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery. Cristin Popelier Hosmer of Alchemae Craft Beverage Consulting and 1855 Project will facilitate an educational tasting of wines from the Tip of the Mitt. A Peoples’ Choice Award will be given based on the evaluations.

This event will be held at the Iron Horse Café located on the Petoskey campus of North Central Michigan College; June 12, Tuesday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a free event, but you must register as space is limited. Call Corporate and Community Education at (231) 348-6613 or sign up on-line at Eventbrite.com.


Weed Management: An Ecological Approach — Jun 13

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
This webinar will focus on integrated organic weed management tools and practices that give crops the edge over weeds, build soil health, and reduce the need for soil disturbance. For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series


Plasticulture: Season Extension 201 — Jul 15

Plastic can work to the grower’s advantage by extending the production season in cool climates and managing weed and disease pressure. See season extension using hoophouses, greenhouses, plastic mulch, and weed control tarps with Collin Thompson, MSU North Farm.

The course will begin at 1 pm at MSU North Farm, then move to visit farms in Alger County with an emphasis on demonstration and hands-on activities so you can practice what you learn in class with other farmers and gardeners. $30 per course, or $100 for the series. Farm rate is available for multiple individuals from the same farm: $45 per course, or $150 for the series. Register at www.msunorthfarm.org/short-courses.html.


Field School Summer on Providence Farm — Jul 21

Announcing a full day of hands-on, on-farm learning right in the heart of summer on beautiful Providence Farm! Saturday, July 21, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. Three track options:

  • Animals and Veggies on the Small Farm with Ryan Romeyn: Having both vegetables and animals on a small to mid-scale farm takes special consideration. Ryan will cover how it all works together with discussions on integration, rotation and field/pasture management. In the afternoon he will focus on logistics for housing, feeding, watering and moving their cattle, pig and lamb livestock. See Ryan's sheep dog, Blue, in action with a herding demonstration!
  • Market Your Farm with Andrea Romeyn: Let's discuss the other half of farming: marketing.  Andrea will cover, simple effective tips for taking decent photos from your smart phone, writing interesting content for social media, creating ads using  free software, approaching buyers, professional communication skills, and more. Bring smartphones plus an iPad or laptop computer loaded with a few special photos to get hands-on instruction.
  • Hoophouse Growing with Austin Weed and Stacy Sandsgard: Winter extension starts in the summer, and few do it better than the folks at Providence Farm. The farm hoophouse crew will take you deep into season extension with sessions on site selection, structures and designs, warm season crops, cool season crops, soil fertility, pest management for protected cultivation as well as water, light and temperature specifics. Six packed hours and you will leave with hoophouse success that much closer.

Sponsored by Crosshatch. Early bird pricing ends on June 15th. Registration closes on July 15th. To see more information and to register visit the website.


Flower Production — Aug 19

Flowers are a great addition to any operation, whether for pleasure or profit. Learn about variety selection, production management, bouquet arrangement, and marketing with Shailah Bunce, Rock River Farm and Jeff Heidtman, Color Blind Gardens.

The course will begin at 1 pm at MSU North Farm, then move to visit farms in Alger County with an emphasis on demonstration and hands-on activities so you can practice what you learn in class with other farmers and gardeners. $30 per course, or $100 for the series. Farm rate is available for multiple individuals from the same farm: $45 per course, or $150 for the series. Register at www.msunorthfarm.org/short-courses.html.


Practical Conservation Tillage — Sep 19

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
This webinar includes the impacts of tillage on soil health, including practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems. We will discuss several newer tillage tools and approaches that reduce adverse impacts on soil life and soil structure.For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.


Forest Resource Management — Sep 30

Wooded areas can provide food, fuel, and habitat for wildlife. Find out about forest resource management, developing a forest management plan, and identifying the value of that may lie just outside your back door with Dan and Mary Rabine, Reh-Morr Farm, Holly Wendrick, MAEAP, and Matt Watkeys, District Forester.

The course will begin at 1 pm at MSU North Farm, then move to visit farms in Alger County with an emphasis on demonstration and hands-on activities so you can practice what you learn in class with other farmers and gardeners. $30 per course, or $100 for the series. Farm rate is available for multiple individuals from the same farm: $45 per course, or $150 for the series. Register at www.msunorthfarm.org/short-courses.html.


Cover Crops: Selection and Management — Oct 17

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
This webinar will focus on selecting the best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for soil health, including crop rotations and cropping system biodiversity.  For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.


2018 Michigan Good Food Summit — Oct 22

This October, the Michigan Good Food Summit will amplify under-represented voices across the food system as we continue advancing the Good Food Charter's vision of equity, sustainability and a thriving economy for all of Michigan and its people.

Whether you're a food consumer, grower or buyer; line cook, server or chef; advocate, educator or policymaker - join us in East Lansing to connect with others advancing good food and equity in Michigan!

Breakout session proposals will be accepted through www.michiganfood.org/summits.  For questions on registration and sponsor/exhibitor information, contact Diane Drago at ddrago@dmsevents.com or (734) 747-2746.


Organic Farming Conference — Nov 8-9

This year's theme is Diversity, and MOFFA members Jessie and Leah Smith are among the presenters.  Topics include: Understanding Soils with Gary Zimmer, Heritage Horses with David Bontrager, Grass Milk Farmer Panel, Organic Produce, Bee Panel, Children's Enterprises, Row Crops, Farm Succession, ​Farm Home Demonstrations.  See www.organicfarmingconf.com for more information.


Plant Genetics: Plant Breeding and Variety Selection — Nov 14

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
This webinar will cover plant breeding and variety selection for performance in sustainable organic systems, including nutrient and moisture use efficiency, competitiveness toward weeds, and enhanced interactions with beneficial soil biota. We will also discuss heritable traits that could directly benefit soil biology and soil health.  For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.


The 43rd annual Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show — Dec 4-7

will be in Louisville, KY from Dec 4–7, 2018. The Conference includes Eco-Ag intensive, day-long workshops; seminars; 1-on-1 eco-consultant opportunities; round table discussions, an eco-ag trade show, and film screenings geared toward the beginning to advanced farmer. Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin. Registration is now open https://www.acresusa.com/events/2018conference/registration-19. Volunteer opportunities include a waived registration fee ($200) for a total of 4-6 volunteer hours during the event. Contact Mary Battjes at Acres with any questions about the conference or volunteering. 512-215-2374 | 800-355-5313 | mbattjes@acresusa.com.


Water Management and Water Quality — Jan 9

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
This webinar will focus on the role of soil health and organic soil management in water conservation and water quality.  For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.


16th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference — Feb 9

The Michigan Family Farms Conference, presented by MIFFS, is a forum for beginning, small-scale and culturally diverse farmers to network, learn and build sustainable family farms. Celebrating its 16th year in 2019, the conference has become a resource for connecting farmers from across the state. The 2019 conference will be held at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  We'll provide more information as it becomes available.


Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil and the Environment — Feb 20

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
This webinar includes a discussion of the role of soil health and the soil food web, including practical guidelines for optimizing crop nutrition, minimizing adverse environmental impacts of organic fertility inputs, and adapting soil test-based nutrient recommendations (especially N) for organic systems.  For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.


Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration — Mar 20

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
In this webinar, we will discuss the capacity of sustainable organic systems and practices to sequester soil carbon, minimize nitrous oxide and methane emissions during crop and livestock production, and enhance agricultural resilience to weather extremes. The presentation will include practical guidelines for optimizing the organic farm’s “carbon footprint” and adaptability to climate disruptions already underway.  For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.


Understanding and Managing Soil Biology for Soil Health and Crop Production — May 22

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
This webinar will examine the functions of the soil food web and key components thereof in promoting soil health and fertility and sustainable organic crop production. Research-based guidance on organic practices and NOP-approved inputs for improved soil food web function will be discussed.  For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.