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Organic Intensives

Organic Intensives 2015

We invite you to join us on March 12th for a one-day in-depth learning experience designed to make you a quick return on your investment.  Organic Intensives are an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information from experts and practitioners over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners.  You can also spend the evening continuing to learn by debriefing with people who are as fired-up about farming and gardening as you are.  

Our first-ever event of this kind offers farmers and serious gardeners an intensive foray into one of three topics: Compost, Cut Flowers, or Edible Landscaping. 

photo of edible landscapeEdible Landscaping and Permaculture Design:  We can build the long-term resiliency of our local food supply by using limited space to provide a reliable harvest through the effective integra­tion of annual and perennial crops in the farmscape and in the home landscape.  Perma­culture principles focus on soil, water, sunlight, ecology and efficiency.  Join Michigan’s Mark Angelini, Trevor Newman, and Linda Jackson Torony to discuss foundational princi­ples and practices as well as some front yard examples of crops and methods that will make you the envy of your neighborhood.


Cut Flowers for Profit and Diversification: Flowers contribute wonderfully to the ecological and economic diversity of the farm.  Lynn Byczynski, author of The Flower Farmer—An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Growing Cut Flowers and editor of Growing For Market, along with Michigan flower farmers Pooh Stevenson of Owosso Organics and Jen Tutlis of Meadowlark Farm, will discuss seed starting, field and high tunnel production, physiological considerations, harvesting and postharvest handling, top ten flowers for each season, new varieties, marketing, bouquets and arrangements and more!!  A very unique opportunity to learn from truly experienced flower farmers.  Bring curiosity and questions!  All three growers available all day for Q&A. 


photo of vermicompost with wormsCompost, Vermicompost, and Compost Extracts and Teas:  Compost is at the foundation and cutting edge of soil health.  Presenters Dane Terrill, John Biernbaum, Brooke Comer and Donny Comer will provide a mix of on-farm and research experi­ence and recent develop­ments that are sure to increase the quality and productivity of your transplants and crops.   Topics include purchased and on-farm compost, compost site planning, analysis to amend composts for transplants and tunnels, and the latest on meth­ods for food scraps, vermi­com­posting and teas to increase the impact of limited high quality compost. 



The event will take place on Thursday, March 12th, during MSU Spring Break at Brody Hall on the MSU campus in East Lansing.  The day begins with registration at 8:30 am and sessions end at 5:00 pm.  That evening, we’ll gather to share knowledge and experiences in a social setting.  Stick around for the Organic Reporting Session on Friday.

The registration fee includes six hours of learning, continental breakfast, all-you-can-eat lunch, printed materials, and free parking at the Kellogg Center (across Harrison Road from Brody Hall).  

Class size is limited so register today to reserve your space, and to take advantage of the early reservation fee of $75 for MOFFA members, and $85 for non-members.  The fee will increase to $95 for everyone after February 28.  To be eligible for the member discount, you must have paid your dues for 2015.  If you haven't taken care of that yet, click on the "Join MOFFA" button on the left to become a member, then visit the registration page to register for Organic Intensives.  A limited number of registration fee scholarships are avail­able; if you are interested please email us at moffaorganic@gmail.com.

Hotel rooms were been reserved at the Kellogg Center for the evenings of March 11 and 12 for those who wish to stay in Lansing the night before the event, and/or attend the Organic Reporting Session on Friday, March 13, but we had to release them on February 12.  You may still reserve a room at the Kellogg Center, 800-875-5090 or kelloggcenter.com

Please help us spread the word ... download the flyer or the poster and pass them out to
anyone who might be interested, and steer people to this page, www.moffa.net/OI-2015.html

And finally, please check back here over the next few weeks as we add information about this very exciting event!

We'd like to thank our sponsors, who have made this event possible:

   Herbruck's / Great Lakes Organic Feed Mill         Center for Regional Food Systems logo        George & Anne Bird

         Crop Services International        Ruth Mott Foundation         Eden Foods      

            Northern Natural Organics          USDA / Natural Resource Conservation Service