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*The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) is hosting a series of six
on-farm field days* this summer and fall to help specialty crop producers
grow and expand their businesses to meet the increasing demand for local
food in our state. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables,
tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops (including floriculture). The
field days will take places at farms and farmers markets and will be taught
by the real experts- farmers and farm resource providers. The format of
each field day is set up to facilitate farmer-to-farmer learning focused on
a particular topic, and also allow for networking and open discussion. The
field days are part of MIFMA's inaugural Farm-Based Education Programs

The first field day, *Drip Irrigation for Specialty Crop Producers*, will
take place on *Monday, July 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Kuntry Gardens,* 29910
R-Drive S. in Homer, MI. Farmer Andy Stutzman will share how he uses drip
irrigation in his hoophouses and fields and the lessons he's learned
working with this type of system. Participants will have the opportunity to
tour the farm, see systems in action and get some hands-on experience
working with irrigation parts and tape. Topics to be covered include
setting up and scheduling irrigation systems, water quality and sampling,
fertigation, costs and sources for equipment, maintenance, winterization
and more. Check out our flyer
, Facebook event <>
and the event
<> for
more details. Please be advised that Andy and his family are Amish. Cameras
are allowed however taking photographs of Andy or his family is not welcome.

*Other field days in this series include:*

   - *Using Nutrition Education to Enhance Sales on Thursday August 7
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   - *Using Equipment and Tools to Improve Production Efficiency on Monday
   September 15 <>**; *and
   -  *Season Extension to Expand your Marketing Potential on Monday
   October 13
   -  *Refrigeration and Cooling Systems to Maintain Produce Quality from
   Farm to Market (location and date TBD)*;
   -  *Technology and Apps for Production and Promotion (location and date

Registration is required to attend and is free to MIFMA members. Register
online at our registration page, or contact MIFMA at 517-432-3381. Not a
member? Learn more or join today at

For more information about upcoming events, please see our Facebook events
 and Calendar of Events <>.



*Kat Curtis*
Member Support Coordinator
*Michigan Farmers Market Association*
480 Wilson Road, Room 172
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-3381

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