*Conversation with Michael Pollan

**When:* April 11, 2010, from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

*Where: *Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI

*Why:* Author Michael Pollan (“Omnivore’s Dilemma”, “In Defense of Food”)
will come to Zingerman’s Roadhouse for “an intimate conversation” with a few
people. The main event (6:30-8:30 p.m.) is limited to 100 people. A
pre-event gathering (5:30-6:30 p.m.) is limited to 20 people.

All food will be local and organic, produced by Zingerman’s chef Alex Young.
The event will raise money for two Ann Arbor food projects: Edible Avalon
and the Homegrown Food Festival, and for Pollan’S new film, “Growing
**How:* To make reservations visit Zingerman’s website or call (734)
663-3663. Cost: $500 – includes: Private Reception with Michael Pollan,
Conversation & Book Signing, Package of Chris Bedford’s DVD’s, and Pollan’s
3 books. $150 – includes: Conversation and Book Signing. Please contact me
at (231) 893-3937 or at [log in to unmask] if you have any questions.

*Do Indigenous Gardening Conference*

**When:* March 19-21, 2010
**Where:* Bay Mills Resort and Conference Center, Brimley, MI
**Why:* The objective of the conference is to help build a more sustainable
food environment for Tribal communities. This Conference will include the

   - Keynote address by Winona LeDuke
   - Programs that have worked in Tribal Communities
   - Learn to build a raised bed gardens
   - Youth gardening programs that work in Indian Country
   - Seed saving  and Native Gardening
   - Nutrition and exercise benefits of sustainable foods
   - Traditional uses of Wild plants and weeds
   - Local hoophouse and farm tour

*How:* Visit under events tab for registration

*Dairy Farmers Wanted*: *Positioning your dairy business for the future


Tired of attending workshops where you feel like you’re just another cow in
the pasture? This workshop *Positioning your dairy business for the future*,
goes far beyond simply presenting information, as participants will receive
individual attention before, during and after the program that will help
them examine where they are in relation to the rest of the Michigan dairy
industry and strategically plan for the future.

Participants should bring their farms’ last four years of tax records
(schedule F, 4797 and balance sheets). A member of the MSU Extension Farm
Information Resource Management (FIRM) team will contact the first
registrant from each operation prior to the class to create a customized
worksheet for use during the class and answer any questions about the


   -          March 25 and April 1 – Hillsdale, MI
   -          March 30 and April 6 – St. Johns, MI
   -          April 7 and 14 – Sandusky, MI
   -          April 8 and 15 – Mattawan, MI
   -          April 9 and 16 – Grand Rapids, MI
   -          April 21 and 28 – West Branch, MI

Each workshop will comprise two separate one-day sessions.  Each workshop
will comprise two separate one-day sessions.

   -          Day one 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
   -          Day two 9 a.m. – 1 p.m

**How:* Cost: $50 for the first person from dairy business (includes a
personalized financial workbook) $40 for each additional person attending
from the same operation (no workbook included). Registrations are due on
week prior to the first session at each location. Visit under events tab to register for workshop.

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