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*January 11, 2011*





*8th Annual Michigan Family Farms (MIFFS) Conference *

*When: *January 15, 2011

*Where:* Lakeview High School, Battle Creek, MI

*Why: *This year’s conference is entitled *“Rising to the Challenges- Local
Farms, Local Food, Local Pride"*. Come and discuss challenges and growth
opportunities for family farms. Connect with other growers and great
resources, network, and learn about organic certification, hoophouses,
agritourism and local markets, urban school gardening, food safety, niche
marketing, alternative energy, CSAs and much more!  Don Coe of Black Star
Farms in Suttons Bay, MI. is this year’s keynote speaker.  He will share how
he transformed his vineyard into one of the most successful agritourism
destinations in the state. Exhibits and displays will be set up for your
enjoyment to connect you to government agencies, nonprofits and agricultural
groups and organizations.

Possible Sessions of Interest Related to Organic:*

•   *Becoming Organically Certified:* Steps and Strategies - Vicki Morrone,
C.S. Mott Group at MSU; Lee & Laurie Arboreal, Eaters’ Guild Farm and CSA -
Getting an organic certification for your farm isn’t always easy, even if
you’re already using organic growing methods. Check out some steps and
strategies to successfully getting that certification.

•   *Food Safety: It Matter*s - Shelly Hartmann, True Blue Farms - Food
safety is a hot topic in agriculture right now, for large and small farms
alike. Learn how it affects your operation and how to get GAP certified.

•   *SARE Grant Writing* - Dale Mutch, Dean Bass, MSU Extension- Preparing a
Farmer/Rancher Grant Learn to prepare a Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education (SARE) proposal to do research, marketing or demonstration
projects on your farm.

•  * **Hoophouses:* *Economic Realities and Cost-Share Opportunities *- Dr.
John Biernbaum, Adam Montri, MSU Dept. of Horticulture; Steve Law, USDA
NRCS- It takes more than cost-sharing and discounts for a hoophouse to make
you money. Learn how to be successful and who can help you get there.

•  * **Hoophouses: Talking about Structures* - Dr. John Biernbaum and Adam
Montri, MSU Dept. of Horticulture - Thinking about adding a hoophouse to
your farm and expanding your growing season? This is the place to start.
Learn about structures themselves here.

•   *And Much More!*

*To be an exhibitor, contact MIFFS. You must be an exhibitor to sell any
products or goods of any kind.


*How: **Cost: *$30/each for members, Adults- $35/each non members, Children-
$25/each (up to 16yrs old). *Pre-Registration Ended but Walk ins are
accepted, most likely there will lunch available too! *(Registration
includes keynote speaker, local foods, and sessions).

*Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference Registration Open! *

*When:* January 21-22, 2011

*Where:* Grayling High School, Grayling MI.

*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.

*Friday* will feature keynote speaker *Karen Lubbers, whose *six-year-old
daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1993. The journey that followed
led their family from main stream America to the pursuit of sustainable
agriculture. Karen will recount their journey and share the provocative
lessons learned along the way.

*Saturday *will feature keynote speaker is David Kline, a farmer,
naturalist, and writer. He and his family farm 120 acres and operate a
45-cow organic dairy near Mt. Hope, Ohio. David is the author of three
books, *Great Possessions (1990), Scratching the Woodchuck (1997),
*and *Letters
from Larksong*. Also stay and enjoy the numerous educational break-out

Possible Sessions of Interest:*

•   *CSA Financials: the Open Book Test* - *Nic Welty, Jim Schwantes *– 9
Bean Rows and Sweeter Song farms will open their books for an in depth look
at the key financial documents used by these CSAs to evaluate the success
and profitability. Beginning farmers or seasoned veterans will both benefit
by using a CEO’s framework to forecast and sustain growth for your CSA.

•   *Resources for Beginning Farmer*s - *MI Young Farming Association *-
Representatives from the Michigan Young Farmers Coalition, ISLAND and
Michigan Land Use Institute’s Get Farming program will share educational and
networking resources along with opportunities for training, development and
support for our newest crop of farmers.

•   *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 grow andmarket hops in

•   *Early to Market: Affordable Season Extension Structures for the Small
Farm* - *Craig Schaaf - *Craig will explain several types of inexpensive,
homemade season extension structures that small farmers and home gardeners
can use to produce vegetables

•   *And much more!*,

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*How: **Registration deadline is January 12, 2011*, *Cost:* $50 for 1st
person, each additional person in the $35, and youth is $20. Sorry NO
REFUNDS - Late or On-Site Saturday Registration is an additional $20/person
does not guarantee lunch availability. On-Site Registration Cash or Check
ONLY. Registration form can be found at the Northern Michigan Small Farm
Conference web site

*Agriculture’s Conference on the Environment*


*When: *January 27, 2011

*Where: *The Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

*Why:* This conference will help farmers seeking to improve their farming
operations while protecting the environment. You will have chance to learn
about how measuring carbon on the farm can have a positive effect on both
the environment and the bottom line.

This year’s keynote speakers are Dr. Bill Beranek, President, Indiana
Environmental Institute and Charlie Arnot, Chief Executive Officer, the
Center for Food Integrity.**

*Key topics Include:***

•   Changing Environmental Regulations Farm Policy

•   Developing Efficiencies to increase Profitability

•   Legislative, Food Safety & Economic Impacts

•   Managing Inputs to Maximize Profit

•   Reducing Farm Energy Costs to Increase Profitability

•   And Much More


*How: COST:** *$50 *by January 17* ($25 for students) $75 after January 17
and at the door. All fees include lunch and refreshments. Register online or
print and mail form at

*2nd Annual Growing Our Food Systems Conference*

*When: *February 2, 2011, from 9 a.m.- 4p.m.

*Where:* S. Washington Office Complex (Old National Guard Armory), 2500 S.
Washington, Lansing, MI

*Why: *The Greater Lansing Food Band, and varies area partners have come
together to provide a one day conference for people who grow, produce,
process, market, distribute, prepare or eat food. Whether you are just
beginning or have been involved with food you whole life, come join the

*How:* *COST:* $10 Sliding Scale (Includes Lunch). For more information or
to register, visit or call 517-853-7800.

*32nd Annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association Conference 2011,
Online Registration Open!*

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*When: *February 19-20, 2011

*Where: *Granville Middle and High Schools, Granville, OH

*Why: *This year’s event will feature keynote speakers Joan Dye Gussow and
Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens. Plus over 70 informative, hands-on workshops;
a trade show; a fun and educational kids’ conference; locally-sourced and
organic homemade meals; a child care area; and Saturday evening

*Workshop topics including: *Season extension, growing brambles, dairy
farming, pastured livestock and poultry, maple syruping, hiring and managing
farm employees, cover crops, renewable energy, farm insurance, agriculture
policy and activism, weed control, growing mushrooms, growing and marketing
grains, school gardens, farm recordkeeping, growing garlic, meat goats,
homemade dyes, farm to school, eating seasonally, green building, pest
management, business branding, pricing for profitability, organic apple
growing, beekeeping, ecological parenting, flower production, mob grazing,
internet marketing, soil fertility, and food co-ops. Upcoming details on
workshops are coming soon,

*Pre-Conference: *This year's event will also feature a one-day
pre-conference titled *The ABCs of CSAs. *This workshop will provide
guidance for farmers interested in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
including information on the challenges and benefits of CSAs, planning,
record-keeping, membership recruitment and management, and more. The
pre-conference will take place on Friday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
in Granville, Ohio.

*Additional Features: *The conference will also feature a kid’s conference
offering a variety of exciting workshops for children ages 6-12; a playroom
for children under 6; a book signing by Joan Dye Gussow and *The Contrary
Farmer*, Gene Logsdon; an exhibit hall offering an interesting array of
information, products, services and resources that relate to sustainable
agriculture; a non-denominational Sunday service; and Saturday evening
entertainment provided by the Back Porch Swing Band.


•     Full Adult Conference Registration $90 members/$130 non-members

•     Full Student Conference Registration $55 member/480 non-member

•     Saturday* Only *$65 member/$90 non-member

•     Sunday *Only *$65 member/$90 non-member

•     Kids/$17 per kid per day

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*How:* To register or for more information about the conference, including
maps, directions, workshops, speakers, and a schedule, go to or contact Renee Hunt at (614)
421-2022 Ext. 205 or [log in to unmask] Last year’s conference sold out, so
early registration is encouraged to guarantee a spot.

 *MOSES 22nd Annual 2011 Organic Farming Conference*


*When:* February 24-26, 2011

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*Where:* The La Crosse Center, Lacrosse, WI

*Why: *Come enjoy an educational weekend packed with 70+ workshops, 150+
exhibitors, terrific food, entertainment, acres of food and farming books,
and plenty of time and space to network and mingle.

*Organic Topics Include:*

•   Healthy Soils

•   Field Crops

•   Market Farming

•   Livestock

•   Marketing & Business

•   Download conference brochure <> for
detailed information on topics.

*How: Register by Jan 15 to save $20. Cost: *Full registration $175 before
Jan 15 ($195 after Jan 15). Registration is also available for Friday and
Saturday only.  Print off registration form and download conference brochure
at the MOSES website,<>


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*Practical Farmers of Iowa “Farminar” FREE Series*

*What’s a Farminar?:* An interactive seminar broadcast over the internet
with information slide show, and audio presentation on farming topics.
90-minute farminars feature topics of interest to farmers. *Why not get
together at a community center with other farmers and co-participate!!*

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*2011 Winter Farminar Schedule:*

•   *Tuesday, January 11,* 7:00-8:30 p.m., “Growing in High Tunnels” with
Adam Montri and Sara Hanson

•   *Tuesday, January 25,* 7:00-8:30 p.m., “Tomatoes Inside and Out” with
Andrew Knafel, Matthew Patterson and Jennie Smith

•   *Tuesday, February 8,* 7:00-8:30 p.m., “Farm Fresh Eggs, Handlers
Licenses and Profitability” with Tai Johnson-Spratt and Theresa Gould

•   *Tuesday, February 22, *7:00-8:30 p.m., “Organic Cucurbit Production”
with Glenn Drowns and Ben Saunders

*How:  COST: **Free of Charge,** Must register**, *online,

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*Ingham County MSUE Annual Crop and Pest Update*


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*When: *January 19, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

*Where: *Monsanto Research Barn at 474 S. Onondaga Rd., Mason.

*Why: *Come here updates on nutrient management, Insects, nematode and
sudden death syndrome, corn and soybean.

*How: COST: * $20 (if you need the weed control guide and the pest control
guide they can be purchased at the site on the day of the event). RUP and
CCA credits are pending. If you have any further questions call George Silva
at 517-543-2310. To register call [log in to unmask] or call Connie at

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