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January 31, 2014 @ 12:40 PM

Seeking Beginning Farmers!

Tilian Farm Development Center is a program of Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP) and was born out of the aspirations of local food and farm advocates in Washtenaw County in collaboration with Ann Arbor Township. As a Center, Tilian works to facilitate new farm business development in order to increase diversified production for local markets, year-round in the SE Michigan food shed. Through its Farm Incubator Program, beginning farmers work to transition from farm experience to building a new farm business, or to expand their existing farm enterprises.

The incubator program encourages beginning farmers with access to land, educational opportunities, production training, and marketing possibilities while ...

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January 13, 2014 @ 7:55 AM

The Organic Farmer Training Program at the MSU Student Organic Farm offers nine months of intensive instruction in year-round organic farming. The program focuses on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits and herbs for local markets.  Participants manage all aspects of a 15-acre certified organic farm, including passive solar greenhouses used for year-round production in cold climates. Participants also manage the Student Organic Farm's field and hoophouse production. Produce is grown for the farm’s primary markets, including a 48-week CSA, seven-month on-campus farm stand, and sales to campus dining services.

Participants develop competencies in farm skills and business planning through ...


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