On-Line Registration Now Open for the Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP) Conference

When: June 24, 2010

Where: Jackson Area Career Center, 6800 Browns Lake Rd, Jackson, MI

Why: The goal of the FSEP conference is to build a better food system in Southeastern Michigan. There are 17 breakout sessions to choose from, where participants will gain an understanding of the local food system and explore opportunities for growth in productions, processing, distribution, sales and consumption of local foods. Also learn how to launch your own specialty product, how to integrate farm to school into your school, and how to sue the internet to build your farm or food business.

How: Cost: Early registration (deadline June 8) is $40, after June 8 cost is $50. Cost includes materials, attendance at sessions and a wonderful lunch of locally sourced food. Register online at www.fsepconference.org. Visit www.michiganorganic.msu.edu to view conference brochure.

Organic Tree Fruit Field Day to be held June 19th in Berrien Center, Michigan

When: Saturday, June 19th,  from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Earth First Farms, 8335 Smith Road Berrien Center, MI 49102

Why: The event will begin with a walking tour of the orchard with practical information and ideas for starting or transitioning to organic orchard management. In the field, Dr. Matthew Grieshop of Michigan State University will provide a hands‐on educational presentation on pest identification and discuss strategies for preventing orchard damage. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about cider making from “cider guru” Bob Tritten, MSU Horticultural Extension Specialist for Southeast Michigan. A grower panel with successful growers from around the state will discuss marketing options, share experiences and answer questions. Take‐home resources on organic orchard production and certificaton will also be available.

How: Cost: $25 (OTFA members receive a $10 discount for this and all other OTFA-sponsored events). To register and get directions, call or email Bridget O’Meara at (715) 808-0060, [log in to unmask] . The field day is open to the public and includes a catered lunch. Registration deadline is June 12th.

Cheese Making Class

When: Two classes will be held June 12 & July 17, 2010, from 1-4 p.m.

Where: WestWind Milling Company, 8572 Silver Lake Road Linden, MI 48451

Why: You will leave with the skills and info to help you create your own cheese for your family.

How: Cost: $20 each, Ages 10 through adult. Limit 14 for each class. Register soon to guarantee your space.  If interested call WestWind Milling Company (810)735-9192, advanced payment is preferred.

Michigan Polluter Short Course Offered at No Cost

When: June 24, 2010

Where: East Lansing, MI (Contact Jennifer Hopwood for more information)

Why: This training session provides an overview of pollinator-specific language within the Farm Bill, and how to translate that language into on-the-ground conservation.

Training objectives:

How: Cost: Free of charge. To register contact Jennifer Hopwood, Midwest Pollinator Outreach Coordinator
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation,
P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299, Tel: 913-579-5241 Email: [log in to unmask]


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