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The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) and member Dan Keane of
Keane’s Wee Bee Farms is hosting an on-farm field day as part of its
farm-based education programming, Beekeeping for Pollination and Honey

*Register for the Event

*When:* August 17 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*Where:* Leaman’s Green Applebarn in Freeland, Michigan.
*What:* This event is designed to provide beekeepers, farmers market
vendors and food system educators with an opportunity to learn more about
beekeeping and to network with their peers.
*Who Can Attend?: *Registration is required to attend and is FREE for MIFMA
members and $30 for non-members, who will receive a MIFMA membership with
their registration.
*Topics Include: *beekeeping best practices, pollination, apiary equipment
for keeping bees and processing honey, and Michigan Department of
Agriculture Rural Development (MDARD) rules and regulations for honey
sales. Farm-based education programs are designed for networking, sharing
and free-flowing conversation.

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“Farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities support producers, allowing us
all to learn from one another,” said Dru Montri, MIFMA Executive Director.
“This will be a fun, informal day on the farm with other farmers,
beekeepers and educators who share similar passions. Events like these
strengthen farmer networks which, in turn, benefits farmers markets across
the state.” With her husband, Dru also owns Ten Hens Farm located in Bath,
Michigan, and sells at the Bath Farmers Market, so she knows first-hand how
valuable farmer-to-farmer events can be.

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For 125 years and seven generations, the Leaman family has nurtured and
tended the family farm, which started with just 14.5 acres of land in 1889.
They have expanded to 100 acres total, and 10 acres of trees throughout the
years, as well as many rows of raspberries, blackberries and pumpkins. The
Leamans sell fruit, cider, baked goods and more at their farm stand, which
is an agritourism destination, as well as the Midland Farmers Market. Also
hear from Dan Keane, owner of Keane’s Wee Bee Farms. Dan produces and sells
local honey and beeswax products, he will be talking to attendees about
bees for pollination and honey production.

More information on upcoming events and details on farmers markets across
Michigan can be found by visiting the MIFMA website at

*Samantha Collins*
Communications and Events Manager
Michigan Farmers Market Association
480 Wilson Road, Room 172
East Lansing, MI 48824

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