1.  Meridian Township “Fantastically Fresh” Farmers Market Tour

The Meridian Township Farmers Market will hold a “Fantastically Fresh” Tour on Saturday, June 20th from 9am-1pm. The Market is located on 5151 Marsh Rd, Okemos, MI.  Also includes a three course meal (spring green soup with asparagus, grilled local farm-fresh meats and grilled vegetables over a bed of fresh field greens, and a berry creation dessert).

Bonus opportunities available to guests: tour of the MSU Student Organic Farm only minutes away from the Farmers’ Market, a tour of Meridian Historical Village (location of the meal) and a Festival in downtown Okemos (intersection of Okemos Rd. and Hamilton Rd.).
Cost to attend is $50 per person ($40 for MIFMA members), which includes journal, list of vendors, recipes, tour of market, demonstration cooking class, and luncheon made of food fresh form the market.  Register online at http://www.learngreatfoods.com/mi_MIFMA.php for more information contact: [log in to unmask] or by phone at 517-712-2395. Visit www.michiganorganic.msu.edu to view promotional flyer.

2.  High Tunnel Tour at Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center

Anyone interested in producing brambles, cherries, and/or annual vegetables in 3-season high tunnels might be interested in the high tunnel tour, June 17, 2009 in Benton Harbor, MI.  All are invited to tour the MSU high tunnel research facility and discuss results of vegetable, berry, and sweet cherry trails with Ron Goldy, Greg Lang, and Eric Hanson. Haygrove representatives will be present to answer questions.

The event will take place at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (1791 Hillandale Rd, Benton Harbor, MI) from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Call 269-944-1477 for directions).

3.  A New Soil Agenda: Predicting and Managing Soil Organic Matter Today and Tomorrow Workshop

MSU Interactive Workshop will be held on July 17, 2009 at the Kellogg Biological Station. The workshop will focus on agriculture challenges and opportunities regarding soil organic matter, including the increased use of moldboard plowing in organic systems, emerging markets for stover, carbon credit, and organic markets for cereal grains.

Input is needed on the issue of, what is really needed to promote adoption of practices that will enhance soil quality? Workshop activities about soil organic matter include:

·         Synthesis of key research findings

·         Report on available and upcoming extension materials and tools

·         Round-tables to receive input from YOU on what soil quality extension materials and research are needed

Please RSBP to Julie Doll (269-671-2266, [log in to unmask].)  Exact time and location will be announced soon; a minimal fee may be charged for lunch

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