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Organic Intensives 2022


We invite you to join us on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 for a one-day in-depth learning experience. Organic Intensives are an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners.

For 2022 we are offering the opportunity to learn from a mix of local experts, farmers, and producers in one of three topic areas:


The Farm Ecosystem: Managing for Pollinators, Beneficials, and Pests

Good bugs, bad bugs. If only it were that simple.  How do we achieve “balance” in the ecosystem of our farms and gardens? In this session attendees will hear a variety of perspectives for how to manage the farm to encourage beneficials and minimize pests. The day will begin with a discussion of managing the soil to encourage a balanced ecosystem with Joe Scrimger. After a short break, native bee researcher Rebecca Tonietto will share her expertise on establishing a thriving pollinator habitat and Debbie Jackson of Monarch Watch, will demonstrate the Monarch life cycle. After lunch, a panel of local farmers will share their successes and failures from experience on their own farms. A final round table discussion will invite both participants and presenters to reflect on what they have heard throughout the day and share what they bring to the table.

 

In-Row Weed Control Strategies: Fine Tuning Equipment . . . The Details for Success

Weed control is a continuing problem for all farmers and gardeners regardless of scale or methods used. In recent years there have been advances in equipment used for control of in row weeds. For this session, Daniel Brainard will present research, evaluations, and effectiveness of torsion tine weeders, spinners/spiders, and various cultivators. Fred Woodcock and Darvin Evon of Chaffin Farms will share their experiences using these pieces of equipment as well as weed zappers, rotary hoes, and other physical methods of control including planting timing, irrigation, and crop populations. A third part will include 2 or 3 additional farmers who will also discuss their experiences using varied methods for weed control in their particular situations. The session will conclude with a round table discussion allowing participants the opportunity to ask and discuss specific questions in small groups and then with the entire group of attendees and presenters.

 

Organic Mushroom Cultivation and Management

The Organic Mushroom Cultivation and Management session will detail how to produce mushrooms as a valuable addition to any production system. It will begin with basic information about the biology and physiology of mushrooms and proceed through production methods that can be used on a small scale or ramped up for increased production. The methods detailed will be compliant with NOP standards for organic mushroom production. Organic compliant management of pests and problems will also be covered. In the final portion of the session, attendees will then have the opportunity to build mushroom growing kits to take home with them. Our board member Shara LaFave and Brian McShane of Detroit Mushroom Company will present this session together.

 

 


The event will take place on Saturday, January 8th, at the Plant and Soil Sciences building on the MSU campus in East Lansing. 

Thanks to our sponsors, we have been able to keep the cost low at $85 for MOFFA members and $115 for non-members.  The registration fee covers six hours of learning, lunch, breaks, all printed materials, and a great chance to network with fellow farmers and gardeners from across Michigan.  Parking is free at the Plant and Soil Sciences Building.  A limited number of scholarships are available; to apply please email moffaorganic@gmail.com.  Space is limited, so ...

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the TownePlace Suites Marriott, 2855 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing, MI  48823, just one mile from the Plant and Soil Sciences building. Room availability was only guaranteed through December 7th, but the conference rate of $109 per night continues to be in effect; mention MOFFA when you call. We suggest you contact the hotel as soon as possible at 517-203-1000 to be sure you get a room if you will need one. 


Please help us publicize the event by downloading the brochure or the flyers (general, farm ecosystem, weeds, or mushrooms) and distributing them in your community.  If you'd like us to send you pre-printed brochures or flyers, please let us know.


Organic Intensives would not be possible without the sponsorship of companies and foundations who support our work. If you are interested in sponsoring Organic Intensives and our other activities, please see the Sponsorship page. We encourage you to think of these companies when you're in the market for the products and services they provide, and thank them for their support of MOFFA.

MOFFA Sponsors for 2021