10. Fourth Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference
January 13. Lakeview High School, Battle Creek. This year's conference,
"21st Century Practices for Sustainable Family Farms," is inviting small
and limited-resource family farmers together to learn about government
programs to help farmers, environmental stewardship, marketing tactics
and value-added production practices. All of the information from
previous, years will be included in a great one-day event in hopes that
even more farmers will be able to attend the educational sessions and
network with their peers and experts in the field.

Breakout sessions include Small-Scale Marketing, Production, Business
Management and Spanish-Speaking tracks to cover all the bases when it
comes to sustainable agriculture and running the family farm.
Registration is $30 per person. Includes lunch. For more information,
contact Michigan Food & Farming Systems - MIFFS at [log in to unmask] or by
phone at 517-423-0712 or visit 

11. Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

January 27, 2007 Grayling, Michigan

Michigan State University Extension presents this conference, featuring
keynote speaker George Bird, numerous educational sessions on production
methods, marketing, energy and more, and a trade show.


12. Seeds of Prosperity Conference

February 8, Lansing Center, Lansing.  A policymaking event. Seeds of
Prosperity shows local and state leaders how to use the power of
Michigan food to grow jobs, build health, and protect land. It presents
proven, practical ideas and policy tools and offers food, farm, and
health advocates a chance to demonstrate the great opportunities this
exciting new area of community economic development offers. Sponsored by
W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Michigan Land Use Institute. For more
information visit

13. Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference
February 23-25. The Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference is the
largest organic farming conference in the nation. Held annually each
February in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the conference attracts over 2,200
people and includes over 130 exhibitors and 60 workshops. For more
information please visit



14. MOFFA Fundraiser
March 2. Kellogg Center, East Lansing East Lansing.  Kicks off Michigan
Organic Conference.  Details to be announced.

15. Michigan Organic Conference
March 2-3. Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing. This
year we will bring consumers together with farmers for a weekend focused
on organic foods. Details to be announced.

16. Choices: Take it Slow
March 6-7, Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing. The
conference that celebrates food and health!  Food is central to our
daily life. Slowing down to really focus on food allows us to re-connect
with the people who produce, prepare, serve and consume our food and
with those with whom we share our meals. The 2007 Choices Conference
will teach us how a slower-paced life, including slower paced meals, can
benefit our personal health, families and friends, schools and
communities. The latest research, best practices and novel approaches to
food, nutrition and health topics will be featured to help all of us
take it slow!

The Choices Conference is presented by the C.S. Mott Group for
Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University with support from
the USDA's Food Stamp Program. For more information about the conference
the  flier can be viewed at
<> . Contact Diane Drago, Conference
Coordinator  [log in to unmask] <>
(517) 663-5147 for more information on registration, sponsorship, and



END----- Have a good week and hope you can stay warm


Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)



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