*Michigan Organic Listserv*
***May 13, 2010*

*By: Vicki Morrone and Danielle Craft*

*CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems*


If you are a farmer with grazing animals or are considering investing in
this type of farming you should try to attend this workshop on June 7 at the
Kellogg Biological Station in Gull Lake (near Battle Creek). You will have a
chance to see how the pastures are managed, how the robotic dairy operates
and how the herd is managed to graze AND come in for milking via the
robots.  Of course, not to mention the great opportunity to network with
fellow farmers that can help build your business.

*High-Tech or Low-Tech Dairy Production? KSB Dairy Tour and Dinner*

*When:* June 7, 2010, at 6 p.m. (Dinner), 7 p.m. (Pasture Walk)

*Where:* McCary Dinning Hall (Dinner), W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Dairy
(Pasture Walk) 10461 N. 40th St., Hickory Corners, MI

*Why:* This is a great opportunity to see the KBS dairy facility in
operation and to hear from project management about their efforts to
optimize perennial pasture management and their experiences with the Kline
irrigation system. Topics covered include: Grass-based dairying, management
of irrigated perennial pastures, optimal forage species, and robotic
milking. For those who would like to enjoy one of the best meals in Southern
Michigan, meet us at McCrary Dining Hall at 6 p.m.

*How:* Cost: $9.50 (Dinner at KBS cafeteria RSVP), dinner is optional.
Voluntary donation appreciated for pasture walk. To RSVP call Connie (517)
676-7207 or email: [log in to unmask] Visit to
view brochure and registration form by mail.

*Implementing GAPs: A Key to Produce Safety Course*

*When:* June 2, 2010 and run through June 22, 2010.

*Where:* Online

*Why:* In this online course you will learn important practices for ensuring
the safety of fresh produce and the key considerations for implementing Good
Agricultural Practices (GAPs). At the end of this course, you will develop a
produce safety plan that outlines the activities needed to implement
functional GAPs.

*How:*  Cost: $50. The course is limited to 25 people. Register online:, check the Add to Cart Checkbox and click the Add to
Cart Button. Registration deadline: June 4, 2010. If you have any questions
about any of this information, please contact me at [log in to unmask] or
(315) 787-2625.

*Movie Night in Detroit, Featuring ‘Lunch Line’ and ‘Grown in Detroit’*

*When:* My 18, 2010, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
* *
*Where:* Ren Cen 4 Theatre - GM RenCen, Tower 200 Level 2, Detroit, MI 48243

CONFERENCE, the National Farm to School Network and Applegate Farms are
proud to present two stellar films about Farm to Cafeteria issues during our
double feature movie night (you don’t have to attend the conference to
attend movie night). Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided by
Applegate Farms. The double feature will be followed by a Q & A with

*Films Featured:*

   - *Lunch Line*, reframes the school lunch debate through an examination
   of the program's surprising past, present, and possible future.
   - *Grown in Detroit*, Just imagine... Teen moms becoming urban farmers.
   Utopia? Not in Detroit. Nature is taking over the city and the new
   generation is taught to harvest its profit.

*Cost:* Donations are based on a sliding scale. Free of charge for
conference participants.

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