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Upcoming Educational Opportunities:

  • Anytime:
    • SARE 2018 Conference: Our Farms, Our Future.  All conference materials available as video, podcasts, and posters.
    • 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.

MSU Organic Farmer Training Program – March 15 - November 15

The 2021 MSU Organic Farmer Training Program (OFTP) will be a 50/50 mix of field and online learning, including 11 hands-on days at the MSU Student Organic Farm, 6 field trip days and 16 interactive online class days. Check out the full schedule and OFTP's COVID-19 protocols for masking, distancing and other precautions to see the plan for safe, on-farm learning. Join the 2021 cohort of aspiring and beginning farmers, farmworkers, homesteaders and educational gardeners to make your farm vision a reality! Online learning can create a strong learning community as Loretta Crum explains, “The give-and-take of comments and discussion I've received in this online course have convinced me that I can make my farm match where I am in my life and what I want to accomplish over the next 10-20 years. It's been fun to watch the rest of the students go through a similar process." Email msufarm@msu.edu or call/text Katie Brandt at 616-885-7776. For more information and to register follow this link: http://www.msuorganicfarm.org/organic-farmer-training-program.html 

Healthy Soil Summit – August 25, 26

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The annual Healthy Soil Summit is built for farmers, growers and ranchers searching for an advantage in today’s marketplace. Our instructors are real farmers who practice what they teach, including detailed tactics to build soil resilience, increase water storage capacity and decrease costly inputs and programs. Not only will you learn how the ecological efficiencies of balancing the chemistry, biology and physical properties of your soil, but you will also learn how these tactics can decrease long-term fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide costs.  Register at this link.

Soil Health Workshop – September 16

Hosted in cooperation with several local conservation and agricultural organizations, the Farmer Veteran Coalition-Michigan Chapter will be conducting a Soil Health Workshop in Montcalm County, to increase veteran program awareness and increase members knowledge of soil health.  Topics for discussion are Small farm CSAs, Direct marketing and a tour of full Circle Farm.  Attendees are also invited to dinner and refreshments after the event at Edgar Farms, 11681 Howard City-Edmore Rd (M-46), Lakeview, MI 48850.  Please register at this link.


Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference – October 15, 16

16th Annual GLBD Conference will be held October 15 and 16.  The conference will take place IN PERSON at University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus 4001 W. McNichols at Livernois, Detroit MI 48221.

All are welcome.
Covid safety precautions will be followed. Registration required. Register here.
Any questions please contact 2021 GLBD Conference Co-Chairs Gail Presbey at presbegm@udmercy.edu (and 313-993-1124) or Nicholas Schroeck at schroenj@udmercy.edu