Dear farmers, ag entrepreneurs and those interested in learning more about our food system,

Dan Rossman, Extension educator and organic farmer is hosting a farm tour in the western part of our great ag state. Please read on and share this opportunity with your friends. I hope that you can join us, even for one of the 2 days.

A two-day farm tour to western Michigan is planned for Aug. 25-26, 2010. This tour will be similar to past multi-day farm tours to Iowa and other states. This year's tour will showcase farm families who have successfully explored and seized opportunities to enhance the profitability of their operations. The stops will feature farms with value-added ventures and are excellent examples of how family farmers are finding ways to be more profitable.

The tour will include an on farm ethanol operation, farm market & orchard, organic dairy with a milk share program, on farm cheese production, a community supported agriculture operation, blueberry production, extended season hydroponic strawberry production, hoop-house raspberry production, sheep & wool production,  poultry, pullets, eggs, & broiler operations, soybean crushing plant, 1000 acre vegetable operation, living roofs (plants), greenhouses, & herbaceous perennials.

The cost will be $50 or less. If you are interested please call the Gratiot MSU Extension office at 989-875-5233 for details and to register (space is limited). This tour is sponsored by MSU Extension, Project GREEEN, NCR-SARE, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, and SunOpta.


Dan Rossman

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