4.        A Workshop for Growers: How to Sell Produce Direct to Schools

If you’re interested in learning more about Farm to School, Food
System Economic Partnership (FSEP) in conjunction with Monroe County
MSU Extension will be hosting the workshop for growers that will
discuss how farmers can get involved in selling to schools directly.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, February 24th, 2008 from
1:00-4:00pm at 963 S. Raisinville Rd, Monroe, MI (Monroe County MSU
Extension Office).  The workshop is free of charge. For more
information contact Jennifer Fike(Executive Director Food  System
Economic Partnership) 734-222-6859 or check out the web

5.      Farm Bill Education Program

Learn what’s ahead for agriculture and agribusiness. Attend one of the
four information farm Bill meetings being held across the Thumb on
Tuesday, February 24, 2009. An educational program will be given on
the two main parts of the bill: the ACRE program and SURE program. The
SURE program is connected to the direct payment program of the past.
Dr Roy Black, MSU Ag Economist will be speaking on the SURE program
and Bob Battel, Huron County Ag Educator and Emily Sneller, Saginaw
County Ag Educator will be speaking on the ACRE program. The goal of
the presentation is to give growers enough information so they can
determine which program(s) best fit their farm operation. Local Farm
Service Agency Directors will also present how their office will best
be handling sign up.

•         Albee Township Hall, 10645 East Rd., Burt, MI. Registration
starting at 8 a.m. Program 8:30-11:00 a.m. Cost is $5 per person.
Includes refreshments. To pre-register, call Saginaw County MSUE:

•         Sanilac Career Center, 175 East Aitken Rd, Peck, MI. Program
10:30-3:00 p.m. (includes a commodity market update) Cost is $15 per
person. Includes buffet dinner. To pre-register, call Sanilac MSUE:

•         Franklin Inn, 1060 E Huron Ave Bad Axe, MI. Registration
starting at 3:30-6:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Includes buffet
dinner. To pre-register, call Huron MSUE: 989-269-9949 ext 602

•         Colwood United Brethren Church, 1840 Colwood Rd., Caro, MI.
Registration starting at 6:45 p.m. Program 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cost is $5
per person. To pre-register, call Tuscola County MSUE: 848-672-3870

6.      Great Things Are Happening in March at the Flint Farmers’ Market

•         FREE Smart Cooking - Healthy Eating Classes & Seminars will
start beginning Tuesday, March 3, 2009 and continuing every Tuesday at
the Flint Farmers’ Market.  Those in attendance will learn to prepare
new, simple, healthy, quick, snacks and meals each week from the
Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) Health & Nutrition
Services Team.  Classes will be held at two times each Tuesday;  10:30
a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the lower level Garden Room at the market! For
more information call the GISD 591-5133 or go to the market website at  No pre-registration is required.
•         Get Fresh Greens Saturdays at the Market!  The students of
King’s Karate are now at the market every Saturday selling fresh
locally grown greens from their own hoop house in the Beecher area.
King’s Karate students now offer proof it is possible to grow fresh
vegetables in Michigan right through the winter.  During the week,
they work in the hoop house, planting and cultivating, and every
Saturday they harvest their greens and bring them to the market to
sell.  Fresh, locally grown greens are rare treat during the winter.
•         Bundles are Great Deals!  Inside the market Coykendall
Produce and Knob Hill Meats have combined to offer Food Bundles to
their customers.  For prices ranging from $29.99, $49.99, $79.99, to
$99.99 customers can buy a fixed amount of fresh produce and meat.
For more information or to order go to  or
call Coykendall Produce at 810.449.8060 or Knob Hill Meats at
The Flint Farmers’ Market is located at 420 East Boulevard Drive in
Flint just off I-475 and Robert T. Longway Blvd. Exit 8A, across from
the main post office.

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