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great michigan resource for new farmers

MSUThe MSU Farmer Field School is comprised of intensive one and two day hands-on workshops. They are tailored to deliver in-depth, practical information building on the decade of farmer training on-going at the MSU Student Organic Farm and the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community.

Experienced farmers and premier agriculture educators from our region are teaming up to co-lead and deliver workshops in the Farmer Field School. Each workshop also includes group-based learning processes where diverse approaches to farming challenges can be shared and discussed by both participants and workshop presenters and demonstrated at host farm sites. For the current cycle, workshops will take place on select farms in southern Michigan with a goal of expanding the workshops to other regions of the state as the program develops.

With an emphasis on vegetable production, the Field School is designed to help improve the profitability of diversified, sustainable, Michigan farmers in their first 10 years of farming who serve local and regional markets. The Field School is part of a broader vision and collaboration among statewide organizations including the MSU Center forRegional Food Systems and Michigan Food and Farming Systems to help increase new farm success by working to make farming a more prosperous, secure, and sustainable career choice for the many beginning as well as future farmers here in Michigan– to keep farmers farming, farmland in production, and food local and regional.

For more information on workshop details and to register click HERE.

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farm for sale in mid-michigan

Earth Abides Farm For Sale
10 Acre Organic Garden Market Farm


Property has 5 tillable acres, features one pond, wetland, sandy loam, muck bed, and plenty of trees, including enough Sugar Maples to make syrup on the outdoor wood stove. Current garden is 125‘ x 75‘ of well conditioned organic soil surrounded by electric fencing resting in ground cover and includes established blackberries, raspberries, asparagus, rhubarb, and apple, peach, plum, pear and cherry semi-dwarf fruit trees. There is a 30 x 50’ barn with full cement basement ready for stalls. Barn recently renovated. property includes a 20 x 36’ Rimol Eastpointe hoophouse, with electric and Dripworks irrigation system. There is also a small family size chicken coop and pen, and all supplies.

Property also includes 1850 square ft two story house. For an extra $20,000 the sellers will include farm equipment, garage workshop, garden tools, antiques and unusual tools, and kitchen and food processing supplies! With all this you just need to bring your personal items and seeds and you are set up to be a farmer!

Read in depth details about the property, house, and turnkey items in their farm sale brochure!

For Sale by Owner

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application for 2015 msu farmer training program now open

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Michigan State University is ready to accept applications for their 2015 farmer training program! Looks like a really exciting opportunity.

Here’s what they have to say:

“The Organic Farmer Training Program 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 trainings, individual advising meetings, and engagement in the daily operations of the farm and.  Hands-on training is combined with workshops, lectures, readings and assignments that build participants’ knowledge and understanding of organic farming principles and practices.  The program is designed to give participants a strong background in production skills as well as the knowledge, management, and decision-making skills necessary to operate a diversified small farming business. ”

They also provide scholarship opportunities:

MSU- RHS Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded based on assessed financial need and merit. Need and merit based scholarships will range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be applied immediately and directly towards the cost of the program.

Michigan Good Food Charter Scholarship for People of Color

One to two scholarships totaling $10,000 will be granted each year. The Michigan Good Food Charter Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the participant.
Visit our website for full program description, application and scholarship information:

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farm-based festival alert!

September 19-21. 2014

Lake City, Michigan

The Earthwork Harvest Gathering is a celebration of food and music, featuring the freshest of local ingredients and fine imported specialties. A family-friendly Gathering bringing us into contact with the abundance of our community, the Earthwork Harvest Gathering has ripened Michigan’s artisan culture for 13 years and running, and hosts 2500+ attendees, who camp in the mixed hardwood forests and open meadows of Earthwork Farm every third weekend in September, annually.

FREE water, FREE showers, FREE camping and parking! Click HERE to find out more information!

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fundraise with local food, not candy bars!


A FarmRaiser is a powerful and innovative way to raise money for your project while helping to build a stronger, healthier community. We use technology and old fashioned organizing to create product-based fundraisers that allow students to sell healthy products from local businesses.

These programs are currently in Michigan and Washington State. If you are a farmer and interested in learning more about this program, visit HERE. If you are a student or teacher and looking to find out more, click HERE.


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seeking greenhorn to table at small farms conference

Hello upper midwest/Michigander Greenhorns,

We are attending the Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference on February 1st, which should be a blast! We need a steadfast Greenhorn to man the table for us. Full tabling kit mailed to you, and we will pay your conference fee.

 Email if willing and able.

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