Michigan State University

Student Organic Farm Field Days

The MSU SOF with support from the USDA Risk Management Agency is featuring two farm field days this

summer to highlight two sustainable production strategies for small scale and limited resource specialty crop



Hoophouses and Passive Solar

Greenhouses for Protected


Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2007

9:00am to 4:00pm

Workshop will include:

Design options for a range of costs and sizes

Construction methods including cold frames

and small scale build your own

Crop selection and scheduling

Soil preparation, building soil organic matter

and fertility management

Planting, growing and harvesting methods

We expect to be harvesting tomatoes

Presented by:

Adam Montri, MSU and MIFFS Hoophouse

Outreach Specialist

Dr. John Biernbaum, MSU Professor of





Edible Forest Gardening:

Intensive Perennial and Annual


Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2007

9:00am to 4:00pm


Workshop will include:

Introduction to principles of the edible forest

garden and permaculture


Mimicking a natural forest ecosystem, guilds,

three dimensional planning


Comparison of a forest, orchard, annual

vegetable, and mixed polyculture settings


The MSU Edible Forest Garden Design and

Planting; a 0.75 acre diverse planting

Selection of perennial tree fruit, nut, small

fruit and herbs for the edible forest garden


Presented by:

Jay Tomczak, MSU Graduate Student and

Certified Permaculturalist

Dr. John Biernbaum, MSU Professor of



Both workshops will take place at the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm, located at the

Horticulture Teaching and Research Center, 3291 College Road, Holt, MI 48842 (Just south of I96 and east of

127 on the MSU Campus)

We will be outside for the majority of the day, so be sure to wear hats, sunblock and work shoes. Please also

bring rain gear if needed. There will be some classroom presentations mid-day, and resource materials will be




Preregistration is required as enrollment is limited. To register, contact Adam Montri at [log in to unmask]

or 517-432-3381.

Please plan to bring your own lunch. A walk-in cooler is available to refrigerate lunches. Fresh vegetables and

water will be provided.

These workshops are supported by the USDA Risk Management Agency.



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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