Michigan Organic Listserv
August 26, 2010
Funding opportunity for youth and youth educators
2010 North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education Program (NCR-SARE) Youth & Youth Educator Grant Call for
Proposals is now available.
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
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 http://www.sare.org/NCRSARE/cfp.htm.
Proposals are due by 4:30 pm, Friday, January 14, 2011 at the NCR-SARE office in Jefferson City, MO.
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 http://sare.org/ncrsare/PDP/pdpstco.htm.
Opportunities for Farmers
Asparagus Growers Eligible for Training, Cash by Matt Milkovich, Managing Editor, Vegetable Growers News
rest of the summer, U.S. asparagus growers can apply for technical
training and cash benefits under a USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service
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).
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 www.fas.usda.gov/itp/taa/taaforms.asp.
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 www.fas.usda.gov/itp/taa, 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 http://vegetablegrowersnews.com/.
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:
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 FamilyFarmed.org 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:
Additionally, respondents must confirm the following:
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
- Product liability insurance of at least $1million
- Food Safety Certification (USDA GAP/GHP certification or third party equivalent)
- 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
means that in a given situation with two products where all else is
equal, those that meet the preferences will be chosen.
- Using Integrated Pest Management techniques
- Without the use of organophosphate pesticides
About Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality
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 www.michiganorganic.msu.edu under the farmer opportunities tab, or visit http://www.familyfarmed.org/.
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 FamilyFarmed.org 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:
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 system.
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 News, http://vegetablegrowersnews.com/.
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 Environment
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 curriculum.
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
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:
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
- Calculate seed, soil, and material costs for transplant and annual production.
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
- 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.
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 www.detroitagriculture.org. The Greening of Detroit is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- 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 equipment.
- 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.
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.
degree in agriculture, natural resources, plant science, horticulture
or a related field is preferred but not required.
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:
Duties and Responsibilities:
- 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.
degree in public policy, public health, urban planning, agriculture, or
a related field is preferred but not required.
- Resident of the City of Detroit.
How to Apply:
- 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 listserve.
- 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
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.
Announcements for Organic Farmers and Enthusiasts
Alpine Buck for Sale (from Ohio)
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, www.michiganfood.org
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: www.michiganfood.org. Visit www.michiganorganic.msu.edu 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
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.