*Michigan Organic Listserv*

*August 26, 2010*

*Funding opportunity for youth and youth educators

*The 2010 North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education Program (NCR-SARE) Youth & Youth Educator Grant Call for Proposals
is now available.*
These grants are a part of the Farmer Rancher Grant Program. Their purpose
is to provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn
more about Sustainable Agriculture.  Sustainable agriculture is good for the
environment, profitable, and socially responsible. A total of approximately
$34,000 is available for this program.*
There are two options:*

*1. YOUTH GRANTS.* These grants are for on-farm research, demonstration, or
education projects by youth ages 8-18. Research and demonstration projects
are for hands-on efforts to explore Sustainable Agriculture issues and
practices. Education projects can involve teaching others about Sustainable
Agriculture or attending a Sustainable Agriculture conference, workshop, or
camp. $400 maximum.

*2. YOUTH EDUCATOR GRANTS*. These are grants for educators to provide
programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. $2,000 maximum.

Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as
useful information for completing a proposal at
Proposals are due by 4:30 pm, Friday, January 14, 2011 at the NCR-SARE
office in Jefferson City, MO*.

Potential applicants with questions can contact Joan Benjamin, Associate
Regional Coordinator and Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator, at
[log in to unmask] or 573-681-5545 or 800-529-1342. A hard copy or an
emailed copy of the call for proposals is also available by contacting Joan
Benjamin. We make slight revisions to our calls for proposals each year,
which means it is crucial to use the most recent call for proposals.

Since 1988, the NCR-SARE program has awarded more than $40 million worth of
competitive grants to farmers and ranchers, researchers, educators, public
and private institutions, nonprofit groups, and others exploring sustainable
agriculture in 12 states.

Each state in SARE's North Central Region has one or more State Sustainable
Agriculture Coordinators who can provide information and assistance to
potential grant applicants. Interested applicants can find their State
Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator online at

*Opportunities for Farmers*

*Asparagus Growers Eligible for Training, Cash **by Matt Milkovich, Managing
Editor, Vegetable Growers News*

*For the rest of the summer, U.S. asparagus growers can apply for technical
training and cash benefits under a USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

In April, the National Asparagus Council submitted a petition to FAS
requesting help from the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Program
(TAA), which "provides technical training and cash benefits to eligible U.S.
producers and fishermen of raw agricultural commodities whose crops or catch
have been adversely affected by imports of like or directly competitive
commodities," according to FAS.

After reviewing the petition, FAS determined that "increased imports of
asparagus during January-December 2009 contributed to a greater than 15
percent decline in the quantity of production in 2009, compared to the
average of the three preceding marketing years."

Starting June 25, asparagus producers had 90 days to apply for the TAA
training and benefits. The sign-up period will end around Sept. 22,
according to the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board (MAAB).

Until then, producers who want to apply for the training and benefits must
submit a written application to their local Farm Service Agency office.
Applications are available on the FAS website, at **.

The TAA program should not be confused with the Market Loss Assistance
Program that was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. The industry is still
waiting to hear when that money will be available, according to MAAB.

An FAS press release gave more details about the TAA program: "Program
benefits include cash payments and free technical training designed to help
producers develop and implement business adjustment plans. Producers that
develop an approved initial business plan will receive up to $4,000 as
payment toward implementing the plan or developing a long-term business
adjustment plan. Producers who subsequently develop approved long-term
business adjustment plans are entitled to receive an additional cash payment
of up to $8,000 to be applied toward implementing the plan. A producer may
not receive more than $12,000 or benefit from any other TAA program during
the 36-month period following certification of a group petition. Travel and
subsistence expenses related to attending training sessions may also be

For more information about the program, visit **,
call TAA staff at (202) 720-0638 or (202) 690-0633, or e-mail
[log in to unmask]
Article can be found online at the Vegetable Growers News, September Issue**/*.

*The Chicago Public Schools is looking for 2.3 million dollars worth of
produce within a 250 mile radius of Chicago and Michigan*

*Request for Information from Midwest Farmers, Processors, and Distributors:
For the 2010-2011 School Year, Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality (CTH) is
seeking fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables from Midwest farmers and
processors to feed Chicago Public School students. To assist with the
procurement process, this Request for Information is asking farmers,
processors, and distributors to respond to specific needs of CTH. Please
submit responses to CTH strategic partner by September 10,
2010. Purchases will begin in October of 2010.

For this school year, it is the goal of CTH to purchase $2,300,000 of
Midwest fresh and frozen produce. CTH will pay market prices for produce
(FOB Chicago).

*Requirements for product and/or producers include:*

   - Respondents must indicate their ability to provide produce that meets
   the variety, grade, and packing specifications outlined below and indicate
   what amount they have the capacity to supply
   - Farms must be within 250 miles of Chicago

*Additionally, respondents must confirm the following:*

   - Product liability insurance of at least $1million
   - Food Safety Certification (USDA GAP/GHP certification or third party
   - HAACCP certified if animals are present on farm or if for
   processed/frozen product


Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality seeks to minimize pesticide residues on this
produce and therefore will give preference to products that are grown:

   - Using Integrated Pest Management techniques
   - Without the use of organophosphate pesticides

***Preference means that in a given situation with two products where all
else is equal, those that meet the preferences will be chosen.

*About Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality*

Chicago Public Schools has contracted with Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality
to provide food service management services in 481 schools in Chicago.
Chartwells-Thompson, a joint venture between Chartwells School Dining
Services and Thompson Hospitality serves more than 85,000 breakfasts and
200,000 lunches every day. As part of Chartwells-Thompson’s commitment to
serving healthy appealing school meals that meet and exceed nutrition
standards, CTH will expand the volume of locally grown fruits and

Response Form can be found at ** under the farmer
opportunities tab, or visit **.

*Deadline for Response: September 10, 2010*

Responses should be submitted to *[log in to unmask]*

Or mailed to 7115 W. North Ave. #504, Oak Park, IL 60302.

For more information call ** at (708) 763-9920

*News for Organic Farmers*

We have had a few questions on the subject of managing weeds in fields where
red clover was frost-seeded into wheat:*

Those of you who frost-seed red clover into wheat are noticing more weeds
than usual and are wondering what to do.  First, DON'T KILL IT YET!  There
are two reasons I think that we are seeing more weeds than usual.  First, we
had extremely warm temperatures early in the spring and the summer annuals
got started a lot earlier than usual.  Second, the clover got a slow start.

You might be wondering how clover had any handicap whatsoever this year,
given the amount of moisture we have had.  It is probably because we had
very few freeze thaw cycles by the time the seed was spread. Generally
speaking, we should expect our success frost-seeding red clover to be
directly proportional to the maple syrup 'crop.'  Red clover depends on the
same type of freeze-thaw cycle to achieve seed-soil contact that the sugar
bush relies on to pump out the sap. Compared to normal weather patterns, we
had very few freeze-thaw events that would actually cause soil cracking.
 This likely resulted in much of the clover germinating on the surface.
 Thankfully, we had enough moisture to allow it to establish anyway, but it
seemed to take much longer.  Couple that with relatively thick wheat . . .
So now you have ragweed, foxtail, etc, and we have probably accumulated
about half (or less) of the growth and fixed less than half of the nitrogen
that the clover is capable of accumulating by mid-October, so it would be
truly a shame to kill it at this point. What should you do? Clip the fields!
 Yes, there is a cost associated with that, and you will have to decide if
it will pay you back in the long run.  This is one of those situations that
we don't have clear data for, but we do have basic principles that would
seem to suggest that it is better to clip it rather than killing it
altogether.  If you have access to a disc mower, that will probably be the
most efficient tool.  I have also heard of people use stalk-choppers,
bush-hogs, etc.  Think about time and fuel consumption.  You don't need to
set it too low, keeping in mind that you’re trying to remove the weed
seed-heads before they set viable seed.  Yes, the clover will be set back,
but it will come back thicker than ever and the re-growth will not be as
viney as it was last fall.

Another reason to avoid killing the clover in the in the late-summer or
early-fall is that soil microbes are much more active when soil temperatures
are above 50º F. Current low/high soil temperatures are varying between 65
and 85 degrees! Warm soil temperatures favor rapid decomposition of the
clover plants.  Under these conditions (and the conditions over the next 50
days or so), soil microbes will quickly cause organic forms of nitrogen to
be converted to nitrate, a form of nitrogen that is easily lost via leaching
or denitrification.   In Southern Michigan, soil temperatures usually remain
above 50º F until about mid-October.  Properly timing the termination of the
clover stand can vastly reduce the amount of nitrogen that is lost from the

Questions? Contact Daniel Hudson
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Ingham County MSU Extension
121 E. Maple Street
P.O. Box 319
Mason, MI  48854
Office Phone: 517-676-7207 ext 7291

*Investing in Lime Can Improve Your Bottom Line*, *by Darryl Warncke,
Michigan State University*
Lime not only neutralizes soil acidity, it also is a valuable source of
calcium and magnesium, which are essential for producing good-quality
vegetables.* Calcitic limes primarily provide calcium, and dolomitic limes
provide both calcium and magnesium. Agricultural lime contains a range of
particle sizes. The small particles react quickly in the soil to neutralize
acid conditions. The larger particles react slowly to continue
neutralization of soil acidity and maintain the soil pH in a favorable range
over a number of years, usually three to five.

When lime is needed, it is suggested to apply it six months prior to
planting the next crop. This allows time for the lime to react and raise the
soil pH to a more favorable level. Fall application after crops are
harvested allows for this to occur. However, if soils are sampled in the
spring and a need for lime is determined, application and incorporation
prior to planting will still provide good benefit. When lime is needed, the
most important thing to do is get the lime applied.

At $22 to $25 per ton, lime may initially seem like quite a large
investment. But when one considers that yield is being lost under acid
conditions, the investment may not be that great. Lime will provide benefit
for many years. Push the pencil. How much increase in crop yield will be
needed to cover the cost of 2 or 3 tons of lime (about $55 to $78, including
a spreading fee)?

Depending on the crop, increasing the soil pH from 5.5 to above 6.0 may
increase crop production by 25 percent or more. Therefore, chances are
pretty good that investment in needed lime will pay for itself with improved
crop quality and yields in one or two years. Over a four-year period, lime
will definitely put more money in your pocket.

Investment in lime will need to be made at some point in time. It is better
to make that investment before the soil becomes too acidic and starts
costing crop yield.

Periodically applying 2 tons of lime per acre, as indicated by a soil test,
stabilizes the soil pH and crop production and is easier on the budget. In
addition to neutralization of soil acidity and improved crop productivity,
other benefits from applying lime include: 1) increased supply of calcium
and magnesium, 2) improved microbial activity, 3) improved soil structure
and quality and 4) improved efficacy of herbicides.

Bottom line: When lime is needed, get it applied. It will put more money in
your pocket.
Full article can be found in the September Issue of the Vegetable Growers

*Job Opportunities in Organics*

*Farmer Wanted for the Greening of Detroit*

*Location:* 1418 Michigan Ave., Detroit 48216*
Date Posted: *August 5, 2010*
Application Deadline: *September 7, 2010
*Salary:* $28,800 - $32,000 commensurate with experience plus benefits
*Area of Focus:* Urban Agriculture, Organic Farming Education, The
Organizational Description: *The Greening of Detroit’s mission is to “guide
and inspire the growth of a ‘greener’ Detroit through planting and
educational programs, environmental leadership, advocacy, and by building
community capacity.” One of the ways The Greening engages the community to
achieve this mission is through urban gardening and agriculture projects.
Since 2003, The Greening of Detroit has been at the forefront of an emerging
movement to achieve a ‘greener’ city while transforming the food system in
Detroit. Our accomplishments include working with our partners in The Garden
Resource Program to provide farming resources and educational opportunities
to over 10,000 urban gardeners of all ages each year in the cities of
Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park and operating multiple urban farms and
nutrition education programs across the City.
Position Summary:* The Greening of Detroit is seeking a full-time Farmer to
work with our Urban Agriculture staff to maintain, grow, and guide our
farming operations and related educational programming. The Greening of
Detroit currently operates a 2-acre farm at the Romanowski Farm Park, a
30-acre city-owned park that includes teaching and production gardens, an
orchard, and sugar bush. We also help manage the farm at the Catherine
Ferguson Academy (CFA), a Detroit Public School that works with students to
incorporate farming and related entrepreneurial education into the

Our newest urban farms, located in downtown Detroit include the Plum Street
and Detroit Market Gardens. These small-scale production-focused farms will
be operated year-round and used to facilitate youth and adult education.

The Farmer is responsible for the planning and management of Plum Street and
Detroit Market Gardens and will also be assisting with the management of the
Romanowski Farm Park and CFA farm. He/she will work closely with Urban
Agriculture staff to conduct operations at all sites from education and land
preparation through quality harvest including all aspects of organic
vegetable, herb, flower and fruit production. The Farmer reports to the
Urban Farm Operations Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities:*

   - Oversee the production of transplants and in-ground vegetables and
   flower at the Plum Street Market Garden. Including supervision of youth
   engaged in fieldwork at the site, and ensuring quality harvest.
   - Oversee the production of transplant and annual field production at the
   Detroit Market Garden, working closely with Adult Apprentices and staff to
   meet the demands of small-scale production based agriculture.
   - Work closely with our Marketing and Sales Coordinator to plan, produce
   monitor, and maintain records of planting/harvesting schedules at Plum
   Street Market Garden and the Detroit Market Garden to meet the growing
   demand of Grown In Detroit produce at our participating farmers markets and
   wholesale accounts.
   - Calculate seed, soil, and material costs for transplant and annual
   - Facilitate annual farm planning, incorporating apprentices and interns
   in management of annual plots, timeliness, and bed preparation through
   - Coordinate farm-based educational curriculum for Adult Apprentices,
   including managerial oversight, supervision, and farm walks at the Plum
   Street Market Garden and the Detroit Market Garden.
   - Work with our farming staff to manage, facilitate, coordinate, and
   teach courses in the Market Garden Training Program (MGTP).
   - Engage volunteer and community partners in farm production activities.

*Additional Qualifications:*

   - The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of farming experience,
   preferably at an organic or chemical free farm.
   - Basic carpentry knowledge, including experience with irrigation
   - Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers, working with diverse
   communities, and managing meetings.
   - Experience teaching youth and/or adults in a farm or garden setting.
   - Interest and familiarity with issues relating to local food, food
   access, and sustainable agriculture, and a genuine appreciation of the urban
   - Strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills.
   - Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
   - Proficiency in all MS office applications required.
   -  Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, natural resources, plant science,
   horticulture or a related field is preferred but not required.

*How to Apply: *Please send email of your resume and cover letter to
[log in to unmask] Use the job title as the subject line. Only
potential interviewees will be contacted. Visit our website at The Greening of Detroit is an Equal Opportunity

*Michigan: Detroit Food Policy Council Seeks Coordinator*

*Date Posted: *August 4, 2010
*Application Deadline:* September 7, 2010
*Salary:* $50,000 - 65,000 commensurate with experience plus benefits
*Area of Focus: *Food Access, Health, Public Policy, Advocacy and Outreach
Organizational Description: *The Detroit Food Policy Council (DFPC) is an
advisory, monitoring and implementation body that is committed to nurturing
the development and maintenance of a food-secure City of Detroit in which
all of its residents are hunger-free, healthy and benefit economically from
the food system that impacts their lives.

*Position Summary:* The Detroit Food Policy Council is seeking a full-time
Coordinator to manage the day-to-day operations of the Detroit Food Policy
Council. Under the direction of the DFPC, the Coordinator will work to
advocate for urban agriculture and composting being included as part of the
strategic development of the City of Detroit, work with City departments to
streamline the process to promote urban agriculture in Detroit including
acquisition of land and access to water, review the City of Detroit Food
Security Policy and develop an implementation and monitoring plan, produce
and disseminate an annual City of Detroit Food System Report that quantifies
and analyzes data on all aspects of the food system, initiate and coordinate
programs that address the food related needs of Detroiters, convene an
annual "Powering Up the Local Food System" Conference, and recommend new
food related policy as the need arises.

*Qualifications:* The successful candidate will be extensively familiar with
urban food systems, poverty, food security, and health and food justice
issues. They will possess excellent networking, community relations and
writing skills as well as demonstrate leadership, self-motivation and the
ability to coordinate work with collaboratives, neighborhood groups, and
government officials.  Prior work experience will include 5 years minimum
working in the food system in a public, non-profit, and/or for-profit
environment; policy analysis, community development (food, health, youth,
housing, etc.); and/or fundraising.

*Additional Desired Qualifications:*

   - Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers.
   - Experience working with diverse communities.
   - Strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills.
   - Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
   - Proficiency in all Office applications required.
   - Bachelor's degree in public policy, public health, urban planning,
   agriculture, or a related field is preferred but not required.
   - Resident of the City of Detroit.

*Duties and Responsibilities:*

   - Oversee all aspects of day-to-day operations of the Detroit Food Policy
   - Council, including coordinating DFPC meetings and managing
   implementation of policies and initiatives supported by the DFPC.
   - Responsible for raising funds for the DFPC.
   - Create and maintain communication tools including website and
   - Supervise staff and volunteers working to support the work of the DFPC.
   - Work with staff to plan and implement events and projects of the DFPC

*How to Apply:*
Please send your resume including three references with a cover letter to:
The Detroit Food Policy Council
Attention: DFPC Hiring Committee
2934 Russell Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Or email these materials to Ashley Atkinson, [log in to unmask] Use the job
title as the subject line.

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*Announcements for Organic Farmers and Enthusiasts*

*Alpine Buck for Sale (from Ohio)*

Annie Warmke has a beautiful intact Alpine buck that was born the first
part. of May.  He's ready to have a new home.  She’s asking $60.  Annie
would prefer that he have a home rather than going to Blystone Farm to be
butchered for Ramadan.  He's really well-behaved, knows his name and is used
to a variety of animals.  His mom is a steady milker and has produced milk
for 19 months and only dried up when we wanted to breed he

Annie also has some very nice pullets that are just beginning to lay eggs
(this week).  They are Dominiques and Buff Orpingtons.  She decided to raise
a few extra to encourage people to add them to their flock, or to have a
couple of hens in their backyard.  Dominiques lay brown eggs and area steady
producers.  Buffs lay well over the winter and like to set in the spring.

Interested? Contact Annie Warmke (740) 674-4300.
 * *

*Events for Organic Farmers and Enthusiasts*

*Michigan’s Good Food Charter: Taking it to Policymakers** Webinar*

Have you ever wondered?

   - *How can I get the attention of candidates and other policymakers?*
   - *What do candidates want to hear? How can I be prepared?*
   - *Who in my local community could influence food policies?*

*When: *Tuesday, September 7, 2010; noon – 1pm (EDT)
Where: *Online, **

*Why:* This webinar will include: 1. How to take the goals and agenda
priorities in the Michigan Good Food Charter to candidates and policymakers.
2. What you need to know to approach both state and local level
policymakers. 3. Where to start with various food policy issues in the
charter.  Jean Doss, of J. Doss Consulting, LLC, and Guy Williams, of G.O.
Williams & Associates, LLC, will share “how to” information gleaned from
their deep experience in working with policy-makers.

*How: *Please Register by Friday, September 3, 2010. To register online at:**. Visit ** under the events
tab to view webinar flier.


*The Community Garden- Growing Community of Eaton Rapids Presents its 2nd
Annual Harvest Festival*

*When:* August 29, 2010, at 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where:* 6135 E. Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids, MI

*Why:* Come enjoy ethnic foods, ethnic costumes, and ethnic music.
Participate in volleyball, croquet, soccer, bocce ball, and more. Bring your
lawn chairs or picnic blankets and join us in the celebration. Come join the
fun and meet some exciting people.
How:* Cost: Free of charge. No registration necessary, but please bring a
dish to pass or a garden tool for donation. Table service and beverages will
be provided.

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