Hello, readers: 

There are three upcoming things I'd like to share with you, and didn't want 
to wait until the next newsletter to do so.

1) Strip Tillage Expo, Wisconsin
August 12, 9 - 3
Arlington Agricultural Research Station 

An event such as this was held in Iowa in 2007 and was attended by more than 
500 folks, mostly
farmers.  Please see  for 
more details.

2) Leelanau Edible Garden Tour Emphasizes Backyard Food Production and 
Emerging School Gardens
August 13th, 12 - 4

A flyer about the event is posted  at the following link: 

With a growing appreciation for locally raised produce, lately more and more 
residents are taking an interest in growing some of their own food.  On 
Wednesday, August 13th, from 12-4 PM, the public is invited to participate 
in the First Annual Edible Garden Tour, which will feature six gardens, 
including two school gardens, the Leelanau Community Garden, two Community 
Supported Agriculture farms (Meadowlark and Sweeter Song), and two 
residential gardens.  All sites on the tour utilize 
environmentally-sustainable, primarily organic practices, growing a wide 
range of crops including vegetables, berries, and tree fruit.  Tickets for 
the event may be purchased in advance for $6 each from Leelanau Books (In 
Leland), the Leelanau Children's Center, Leland School, or MSU Extension - 
Leelanau Office.  The tour will begin at the Leland School Garden, where 
tickets will be available at the door for $7 each.  Directions for the tour 
will be provided at the beginning of the tour, and participants will need to 
provide their own transportation for the approximately 20 mile tour. 
Carpooling and bicycling are encouraged.  Children are encouraged to attend, 
and are free under age 17. 

All proceeds from the event will be used to support area school gardens, 
being established as part of the Leelanau County "Cultivating Healthy Kids & 
Communities Initiative,"  which strives to use vegetable gardening as a 
vehicle for teaching about nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and environmental 
stewardship. The initiative is being facilitated by MSU Extension-Leelanau, 
in partnership with area schools, and the support of many area community 
organizations, including the Leelanau-Benzie Health Dept, Leelanau Family 
Coordinating Council, Michigan Land Use Institute, Little Garden Club, 
Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan, and Northern Lumber. 

Questions about the August 13th Edible Garden Tour, or about the school 
garden initiative, may contact MSU Extension, at 256-9888.

3) MSU Student Organic Farm Job Posting
Applications due by August 15
Submit applications to Tomm Becker at [log in to unmask] 


Position:  Farm Crew Member 

Location:  MSU Student Organic Farm, located on College Road, ½ mile south 
of Jolly Road, about 3 ½ miles south of the main MSU campus 

Hours: Part time, 8-20 hours/week 

Farm Description:  The MSU Student Organic Farm is a 10-acre educational 
organic farm.  We run a 60-share year-round CSA, a seasonal on-campus farm 
stand, and are researching four season organic growing.  We grow over 70 
types of vegetables, 30 types of cut flowers and raise chickens and 
honeybees.  We run a yearlong intensive farmer training program as well as 
many community outreach and volunteer activities. 

Position Description:  Crew members work part time during MSU semesters.  
Job tasks include all necessary farm labor including seeding, transplanting, 
irrigation, weeding, harvest and more.  We are looking for hard working, 
dependable MSU students to work beginning fall semester of 2008 at least 
through spring semester of '09.  Farm work can be hot, cold, wet, dirty, 
tiring and extremely rewarding.  We offer vegetables to bring home and many 
amazing learning opportunities.  We work in all weather conditions so 
applicants must be aware of the weather and must be able to supply proper 
clothing (boots, rain gear, hat, etc.). 

Qualifications:  Applicant should be a hard working, dependable team player. 
Previous physical labor experience is preferred.  Flexibility and a 
willingness to learn is necessary.  Availability from the middle to end of 
August through April or through next summer.  We prefer to hire workers who 
are interested in staying on to work on the SOF crew as they continue their 
studies at MSU. 

Pay: Starting at $7.40/hr with opportunity for raises based on performance 
and previous experience. 

To Apply:  Please answer the following questions and email them to Tomm 
Becker at [log in to unmask]  Upon reviewing applications we will set up 
interviews individually.  Application deadline is August 15. 

1.                  What do you know about the Student Organic Farm?
2.                  Why are you interested in farm work?  Why at the SOF?
3.                  What do you study at MSU?  What year are you?
4.                  What are your previous work experiences and/or relevant 
non-work experiences?
5.                  What interests you about organic and sustainable food 
6.                  Is there anything else you would like us to know about 
7.                  What is your work availability for the fall semester?
8.                  What is the maximum number of hours you can work per 
week during fall semester?  The minimum?  What is the ideal   number of 
hours you can work per week?
9.                  Please list the names and phone numbers for two work 

A full newsletter to come later in the week! 

Hope you all  are doing well. 


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