*Michigan** Organic Listserv*
*October, 22, 2010*






*Vegetable 201: Ready to take the next step? Deadline Approaching!*

*When:* November 4, 2010, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Where:* Kalamazoo Holiday Inn West, 2747 South 11th Street

*Why: *This one-day workshop is intended for those who have some experience
with vegetable gardening and have explored or considered turning it into a
commercial venture, or for those who would like to add a vegetable
enterprise to an existing farm business.

This program will provide a general overview of commercial vegetable
production and resources to help you succeed.

*How: *Cost: $50 per person *pre-registration required, deadline October 29.
*Fee includes resource packet, lunch and snacks. Download registration form
at ** under the event tab.

*Making it in Michigan Specialty Food Show and Conference*

When: *October 26, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

*Where:* The Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI

*Why:* This conference will help you decide if and how to grow your
agriculture business. It is a great place to connect with others who have
succeeded in creating and marketing an agricultural sourced products, such
as spices, teas, salsas, tortilla chips, Michigan Great Lakes fish, and
beans.  If you have a product you think would be a value to Michigan’s
marketplace then this is the place to check out this possibility.

*How:* Cost: $60 per person   Registration includes continental breakfast
and walking lunch during Trade Show.  Register online and visit


* FREE! No-Till Farm Tour: Farmers can learn about the benefits of using
cover crops and manure with no-till*

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*When:** *October 27, 2010, from 10 a.m. - noon


*Where:* Blight Farm, 11705 24 Mile Road, Albion, MI 49224


*Why:** *This is a free plot tour to see first-hand how nutrients from
manure applications can be captured, held and recycled to the following
season. During the tour associate professor Tim Harrigan in the MSU
Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering will demonstrate the
slurry seeding method and discuss past research.

Ken Blight who is the tour host and hog and beef producer, and Doug Bloom, a
Coldwater, Mich., dairy producer, will discuss their success in using rye
cover crops in combination with manure to decrease manure runoff and capture
manure liquids and nutrients. This practice enables them to reduce their
purchased nitrogen inputs in the following season.

Roberta Osborne, MSU Extension regional dairy educator, will outline the
feed value qualities of rye for dairy cows.  Natalie Rector, MSU Extension
nutrient management educator, will provide how-to basics of manure and cover
crops.  Dean Baas, a visiting research associate at the Kellogg Biological
Station, an MSU facility that is part of the Michigan Agricultural
Experiment Station network, will show farmers how they can use a new cover
crop database to select the one that meets their goals.

Funding for this project came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grants

*How:** *For more information contact Rector at [log in to unmask] or
269-967-6608. *No registration is necessary.*



*Learn Hoophouse Technology at D-Town Farm, Deadline Approaching!*


*When: *October 30-31, 2010


*Where: *D-Town Farm, a two-acre organic farm operated by the Detroit Black
Community Food Security Network and located at Rouge Park on W. Outer Drive
between Plymouth and W. Chicago in Detroit.


*Why: *D-Town Farm is one of Growing Power's eight Regional Outreach
Training Centers in the U.S., and provides periodic lectures, workshops and
hands-on training experiences in urban agriculture and food security.

This two-day workshop will include construction of a 30' x 96' hoophouse at
D-Town Farm and a lecture by Mr. Allen (Will Allen, a McArthur Fellow and
founder of Growing Power, Inc of Milwaukee) on hoophouse technology.
Participants will be able walk away prepared to build their own hoophouse
for year-round food production.

Activities on *Saturday, October 30 will begin at 9:00am and conclude at
6:00pm*, with a lecture and powerpoint presentation by Mr. Allen at 12:00pm.
Activities on *Sunday, October 31 will begin at 9:00am and conclude at
2:00pm**.* Lunch on both days is included with the cost of registration.
Participants are encouraged to wear work clothes (and bring a battery
operated drill if they have one). The 30' x 96' hoophouse that will be
constructed as part of this workshop will be built from a hoophouse kit,
which will simplify the construction process for do-it-yourself'ers who plan
to use what they learn during the workshop to build their own hoophouse.

*How: *Registration is now OPEN!* The deadline for advanced registration is
Wednesday, October 27, 2010.* Advance registration is only $60.00 per person
for this two-day workshop and learning experience and includes lunch for
both days. Registrations received after October 27 is $75.00 per person.
Payments can be made in person or by mail at 3800 Puritan, Detroit, MI
48238. Registration via Paypal will be available shortly.

If you'd like to register in person, the DBCFSN offices are open Mondays
9am-4pm and Tuesdays-Fridays 9am-6pm. Please make checks and money orders
payable to Detroit Black Community Food Security Network or DBCFSN.

Please call Ebony Roberts at (313) 345-3663 for questions or to register in

  *10th Annual Iowa Organic Conference

*When: *November 21 - 22, 2010

*Where:* Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa

*Why: *This year's Iowa Organic Conference will feature:

   - How to transition to organic farming
   - Marketing innovations
   - Organic grains, fruit and vegetables in the local food system
   - Organic livestock and the new pasture rule
   - Soil health and government programs
   - Organic crop insurance - what's changed and what's not
   - Over 35 vendors and educational displays

*How: *Read the full
access registration information.
Source: New Agriculture Network, **

*The 2010 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo*


*When:* December 7-9, 2010

*Where:* DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI


*Why:* The EXPO offers informative education programs for fruit, vegetable
and greenhouse growers, and for farm marketers. This year there is 63
sessions and workshops over 3 days.

Topics include:

   - Fruit and vegetable commodities
   - Greenhouse production and marketing
   - Farm marketing ideas and issues
   - General topics of special interest to growers

Along with the numerous educational programs a Trade Show is offered during
the EXPO. This includes 400 exhibitors covering four acres of exhibit space
in one hall. To see list of exhibitors visit: **


*How: *Register on-line or download the EXPO registration form at *Pre-register by November 12 to save money.


*2010 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update *

*When: *December 17, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


*Where: *Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion for Agriculture and
Livestock Education, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

*Why: *This educational program is intended for agribusiness, pesticide
sales and service professionals, crop consultants, field crop educators and
farmers. Participants will be provided with current recommendations for
potential pest problems, fertilizer practices, the 2011 MSU Weed Control
Guide, and other insect and disease publications. The day includes a review
of the 2010 season and a discussion of the 2011 recommendations. MSUE
specialists will be on hand to answer participants’ questions. Participants
will receive MDA and CCA pesticide re-certification credits at this

*How: *Cost: $50 per person and includes refreshments, lunch, the 2011 MSU
Weed Control Guide and other insect and disease publications. *The deadline
for registration and payment is December 10. *After the deadline, the
registration fee is $60. Registration forms may be downloaded from

Registrations can be mailed to:

Eaton County MSU Extension

551 Courthouse Drive, Suite 1

Charlotte, Mich. 48813-1047

*or* faxed to 517-543-8119.

For more information, please call the Eaton County MSU Extension Office at

 *Challenges of Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Plastic Tunnels- Five Part
Webinar Series

In cold climates such as Michigan, gardeners and growers have had success
with lengthening the growing season in spring and fall by using row covers,
low tunnels and various types of greenhouses. More recently, a trend towards
buying local has lead some producers to explore on-farm winter storage as
well as the production of fresh greens that survive and thrive in these
structures during the winter. High-tunnel production can lengthen the
growing season and provide producers with a means to enter the market
earlier with high value crops. This has the potential to expand the
availability of healthy locally grown crops. In addition, in several states,
including Michigan, there are incentive dollars available to growers who
would like to try high tunnel production systems.

Pest problems and their management in greenhouses and high tunnels are
different than field grown fruits and vegetables, and an understanding of
those differences is needed to capitalize on early and late season markets.
Soil, water and nutrient management are also unique to these systems and
markets for these crops need to be developed and well understood. MSU
Extension would like to invite interested growers to a webinar series
sponsored by the Great Lakes Vegetable Working
the University of Illinois
and a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional
Development grant. *These programs include five 1-2 hour webinars produced
on November 1, 3, 8, 16, and 18. You can view the webinars at home via your

*Webinar One *(November 1, 6:30-8:30 PM) will provide an overview of season
extension methods and economics and weed, insect and disease control.
Webinar Two *(November 3, 6:30-8:30 PM) will address production systems for
tomatoes and related crops, cultural, organic and other pest control methods
as well as grafting techniques.
Webinar Three* (November 8, 6:30-8:30 PM) will include an overview of winter
crop production systems including a discussion of economics, sanitation,
plastic management, production sequences, crop selection, sanitation for a
simple hoophouse, greenhouse, in-ground, in container, row covers, and low
tunnels. Pest management and storage will also be discussed.

*Webinar Four *is titled “Management of Nutrients, Water, Soil, and Other
Production Considerations in High Tunnels” and will be broadcast November 16
at a different time than the previous three webinars. This will be a
brown-bag lunch webinar airing from 1:00-2:00 PM. The first 50 participants
or organizations to include webinar four as part of their registration, will
receive a free copy of the “High Tunnel Production Manual”published by Penn

*Webinar Five* is titled “Interpreting NRCS High Tunnel Project Guidelines.”
This will also be a brown-bag lunch webinar on November 18 from 1:00-2:00 PM
and will clarify the support available through the EQIP program.


*For people who do not have a fast internet broadband connection, or would
prefer to watch the webinar on a larger screen, with other interested
persons, (and refreshments), Genesee County MSU Extension will be hosting
the series at our office at 4215 W. Pasadena, Flint, MI 48504. * MSU
Educator Terry McLean will host this webinar series at the Genesee MSUE
Office, and MSU Hoophouse Outreach Specialist Adam Montri will be our
hoophouse expert to answer questions in person after the Tuesday November 16
Webinar Four session, and we plan to have a local NRCS staffer present for
Webinar Five on November 18 to answer any questions regarding the NRCS High
Tunnel Project Guidelines.

*How: *To register for the webinar series at the Genesee MSUE Office,
contact Debbie Clark at [log in to unmask], 810-244-8512.  (We can accept
checks, cash or money orders for payment at the MSUE Office). Pre-registration
for this webinar series is mandatory and can be found at The cost for the series is $30
whether you attend one or all five webinars. Each webinar will be recorded
and available on several state IPM or vegetable oriented websites for
viewing soon after its original airdate.
For more information, please check out:

 Source: Article by Hannah Stevens, MSU Extension Educator, found at **

 *FREE! Seed Saving on the Farm Workshop*

*When:* November 1, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

*Where: *Michigan Works Conference Room, 1209 Garfield, Traverse City, MI

*Why: *The Michigan Land Use Institute’s *Get Farming!* program is
presenting a workshop on seed saving for farmers and gardeners. The workshop
will feature an informal session with a panel of growers with seed-saving
and plant-breeding experience.

The Michigan Land Use Institute is an independent, nonprofit research,
educational, and service organization founded in 1995. More than 2,400
households, businesses, and organizations have joined the Institute in
support of its mission to establish an approach to economic development that
strengthens communities, enhances opportunity, and protects Michigan's
unmatched natural resources.

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*How: *For information or to pre-register contact Jim Sluyter,
231-941-6584ext15 or [log in to unmask]


*The 12th annual Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference, Walking the Walk:
Bold Steps Toward a Regional Food System*


*When:* January 22, 2011

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*Where: *Grayling High School, Grayling MI.

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*Why:* The conference serves as a vehicle to promote and build a local
vibrant agriculture community, to equip the small farm community with the
tools to be successful, and to be a forum for the open exchange of ideas
within the small farm community.

*Possible sessions of interest:*


   - *Sustainable, Organic, Green, Fresh and Natural:  Does the Emperor Have
   Clothes? - **Melinda Hemmelgarn*- A *greenwashing expose*.  Come spruce
   up your green vocabulary and learn how to make true earth-friendly food
   - *Legislation, Laws, Regulations and What They May Mean to Your Farm –
   GAP Part 1 -*  *Elaine
   ** (click on name to see presentation) **and Colleen Collier
   **(click on name to see presentation)* – So you think you know what Good
   Agriculture Practices are, but do you know what “flavors” are being asked
   for?  An overview of the program, and first hand discussions with a USDA GAP
   - *Sustainable Hops Production in the Great Lakes Region* – *Rob
Sirrine*– Hops are a novel crop with plenty of potential to be grown
in Michigan.
   This talk will provide participants with information needed to grown and
   market hops in Michigan.
   - *Our Farm Experience with GAP - GAP Part 2 - **Grower Panel*- How the
   program has both positively and negatively affected us.  Working with your
   retailer to make the program work for both of you.
   - *Farm to School:  A Great Opportunity in Your Community – **Renee
   DeWindt, Kristen Misiak *- Hear from two food service directors about
   their experiences with Farm to School, and how you as a farmer can partner
   with your local school.  You’ll hear a broad perspective of what is possible
   in various schools, how farmers can help develop the partnership, and what
   challenges you and your school may have to overcome.
   - *Local Food Funding and Entrepreneur Opportunities *- *Susan Loney &
   Shelly Fuller *- Emerging business opportunities in support of the Food &
   Farming Network in Northern Michigan, available support services and funding
   - And much more **

*How: Registration deadline is January 23, 2010* (Registration includes
Saturday Keynote, sessions, lunch and breaks) Cost: $45 for 1st person, each
additional person in the $30, and youth is $15. Sorry NO REFUNDS - Late or
Walk In Registration will be charged additional $15 per person. Registration
form can be found at the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference web site **.

*THREE DAY SUSTAINABLE GROWERS SEMINAR: The knowledge you need to be


*When: *January 4-6, 2010

*Where: *Comfort Inn in Chelsea, MI

*Why: *Come hear Dr. Phil Wheeler and Ron Ward Authors of The Non-Toxic
Farming Handbook.* *Learn to work with Mother Nature to re-mineralize your
soil and bring it to life so you can raise healthy, nutrient dense crops and
livestock, while lowering costs and increasing profits.

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*Topics Include:*

   - *The history and science of agriculture: *“Breaking the myths that our
   fathers were sold by the institutions and chemical companies.”
   - *Understanding a plant from the roots up. *“How does a plant really
   - *Understanding how fertilizers work and how to use them: *“Getting
   soils and plants to respond the way you want them to.”
   - *The role of microbes in the soil: *“Nature’s mineral brokers.”
   - *The role of weeds and insects:* “Using the clues your weeds and
   insects are giving you. “
   - *Understanding soil testing and soil balancing: *“Getting the maximum
   benefit for your soil.”
   - *Using the refractometer:* “A simple, easy way to monitor your crops’
   current health and potential yield.”
   - *Foliar feeding:* “The most inexpensive way to enhance your crops.”
   - Participants leave with a 200 page PowerPoint manual.
   - *And much, much more:* “Be a more efficient, sustainable, successful

*How:* SEATING IS LIMITED! To reserve your seat now send $425($475 at the
door) by check or CC by Dec. 1, 2010. Bring a farm family member for $225
prepaid or $275 at the door. Send payment to: CSI, 1718 Madison S.E., Grand
Rapids, MI 49507For More information call CSI at 1-800-260-7933 or *
[log in to unmask]*.

**MSU does not endorse any of these events, but only shares the information.

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*Funding Available for Research or Educational/Outreach Projects


The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is pleased to announce that
funding is available to fund research or education/outreach projects on any
agricultural production, social, economic, or policy-related topic of
concern to organic farmers and/or ranchers. Special funding is also
available for projects in the categories of organic seed quality or crop
breeding thanks to a partnership with the Clif Bar Family Foundation. There
are separate RFPs for research proposals and education/outreach proposals. *The
deadline for the spring 2011 funding cycle is November 18, 2010.*

For applications visit the OFRF web site *
* If you have questions regarding grant applications, contact Jane Sooby,
OFRF's Grants Progam Director, at 831-426-6606 or by email at
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*NOP Releases Draft Guidance Documents for Comment*

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has released five draft guidance
documents for public comment, according to the notice published today in the
Federal Register.  *Comments are due by December 13, 2010*, and can be
submitted at **.

Guidance documents provide interpretations of NOP statutory and regulatory
requirements in order to assist those who own, manage, or certify organic
operations in complying with the regulations.  Finalized guidance documents
will be included in the NOP found at **.

Guidance topics open for comment include:

   - Compost and Vermicompost in Organic Crop Production
   - Wild Crop Harvesting
   - Outdoor Access for Organic Poultry
   - Commingling and Contamination Prevention in Organic Production and
   - The Use of Chlorine Materials in Organic Production and Handling

*You don’t always get what you want...but often get what you pay for!
**by**Dave Robison
*, *Agronomist/Seed Marketing Manager, The CISCO Companies*


Over the past number of weeks I’ve noticed quite a difference in radishes
growing in farmers fields.  Some are outstanding and consistent; deep and
fairly large tubers (tuber girth seems to be related to fertility and age of
stand).  In the thumb of Michigan I saw over 300 acres of fields planted at
10#/acre that were just what the farmer wanted.  We found most of the tubers
8-12” deep and we could not really find the real bottom of the roots as we
broke them off in the soil.

While some varieties have good tubers in other instances I have found real
problems.  In a field in NE Indiana a SWCD director brought some radishes
from a farmer’s field that did not look good.  The farmers planted around
100 acres of a VNS radish and he was not happy.  I don’t blame him...

Source: To see the rest of this blog and photos of the differences in the
radish varieties go to: *

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