Michigan Organic Events!

   Organic Apple Field Day, June 25 at Al-Mar Orchards in Flushing, MI


Thursday June 25, 2009 an Organic Apple Field day will be hosted by Jim and Karen Koan of Al-Mar Orchards, and sponsored by the Organic Tree Fruit Growers Association.  The program will focus on the Orchards’ high-density planting system and orchard equipment.  Mr. Koan will show his three-year soil preparation program as well as orchard spacing, details of choosing disease resistant varieties, and insect pest and disease control. The Koan’s will provide a tour of their facilities to include their apple operation, packing line, and discuss how to access newer, local markets that have increased their business.


Optional tours will cover the organic hops research, organic green house vegetable and compost production, and organic swine production.


Advanced registration is required by June 16 along with a $20 registration fee. An on-farm lunch will be provided that features Al-Mar Orchards products and other local, organic foods.


The registration form is available at http://www.mosesorganic.org/treefruit/events.htm, or by contacting Deirdre at [log in to unmask] or 608-967-2362.


    Pasture Walk Dates


P         May 21 A Pasture Walk will be held at the Mott Farm in Olivet. Topics include seeding strategies and livestock watering systems. For more information call St. Joseph County MSU Extension at 269-467-5511.


P         June 3 A Pasture Walk will be held at the Tirrel Farm in Charlotte. Intensive rotational grazing of sheep.  Please RSVP: 517-676-7207 or [log in to unmask].


P         Late-June (day TBD): MSU Wheat Variety Trial Plot the MSU Wheat Variety Plots. RSVP: 517-676-7202.


P         July1: The 2009 MSU Weed Tour will be held at the Michigan State University Crop and Soil Sciences Teaching and Researching Field Lab. The field lab is located on the corner of Mt. Hope and Beaumont roads in East Lansing, MI. Stay tuned for registration information.


P         July (day TBD): Agricultural Innovations Tour Cover crop progress, nitrogen rates for corn, ‘Modified Relay-Intercropping,’ MSU Wheat Variety Trial, and alternative crops. RSVP: 517-676-7202 or [log in to unmask].


P         July (day TBD) A Pasture Walk will be held at the Berrey farm in Mason, MI. Grass-fed production and management-intensive grazing. RSVP: 517-676-7207 or [log in to unmask].


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