See the webinars below!

Julie Cotton, M.S.

Academic Specialist
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Michigan State University
A264 Plant and Soil Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

517-355-0271 ext. 1156


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Below are a list of upcoming classes from MSU Extension Educators all across the state.  These are web-based educational opportunities and require internet access.  Where possible, I have put in a link for the registration!

I am teaching the class designed to help potential farmers market vendors get started selling at a farmers market.



Julia Darnton
Extension Educator
Michigan State University
Greening Michigan Institute
Sustainable Community Prosperity
Community Food Systems
Office Phone (989) 758-2507
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MSU Extension offers WEBINAR SERIES for beginning farmers

            A growing number of new farms are appearing across the state of Michigan. Many people starting these farm businesses, or considering it, are new to farming.  Others have experience, but are getting started with a new agricultural enterprise.  Either way, the 2014 MSU Extension Beginning Farmer Webinar Series will provide convenient, on-line learning opportunities on a variety of topics for the beginner.  
            The series will consist of eleven weekly webinars running from January 20 through early April.  All of the webinars will begin at 7pm eastern time and last 1-2 hours.  Each webinar is a separate program with registration available at as the webinar date draws nearer.  Click ‘search all events’ and scroll through the programs listed by date to find the webinar programs you are interested in.    A $10 fee is charged for each program, and a high-speed internet connection is required.  You will receive the URL for each program when you register.
To  register  or any or all of these sessions go to:
Cost is $10 per session.
Getting started with soil improvement on your farm
Monday, January 20, 2014
Getting started with selling to restaurants
Monday, January 27, 2014
Getting started with organic vegetable pest control
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Getting started with selling to schools and hospitals
Monday, February 10, 2014
Getting started with selling at farmers markets
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Getting started with hops
Monday, February 24, 2014
Getting started with CSA (community supported ag)
Monday, March 3, 2014
Getting started with organic field crops
Wednesday, March 12
Getting started with expanded vegetable production
Wednesday, March 19
Getting started with basic business records
Monday, March 24
Getting started with Hoophouses
date to be announced