The Michigan Agritourism Association and the Michigan Farmers Market
Association (MIFMA) have teamed up to *offer six farm-based field days* at
locations across the state in August and September. Field days are
supported by a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
(MDARD) Specialty Crop Block Grant and are free to attend.

*About the Field Days: *
Each field day is designed to help new, beginning and experienced specialty
crop producers become more efficient and effective in their production and
promotion practices. Farmer hosts will share methods they use to be
successful at their own operations and offer hands-on training and
technical assistance with support from farm resource providers.

“We are pleased to partner with the Michigan Farmers Market Association on
this project,” said Janice Benson, executive director of the Michigan
Agritourism Association. “Specialty crop producers of any experience level
can benefit from opportunities to visit other farms. Exchanging ideas and
information with your peers is one of the best ways to gain tried-and-true
techniques that can help your business thrive.”

This year’s series includes:

§  *Orchard Management, Pruning and Value-added Products on August 9 in St.

§  *Scaling Up with Mechanization and Season Extension on August 15 in
Felch Township*

§  *Vegetable Pruning and Trellising and an Introduction to Community
Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Outdoor Hydroponics on August 22 in
Traverse City and Cedar*

§  *Weed and Pest Identification on August 23 in East Lansing*

§  *Using Social Media for Special Events on September 12 in Grand Junction*

§  *Display and Marketing Best Practices on September 20 in Flint*

*Reserve your spot - Register for one or more of the field days - click
here <>!*
Dru Montri, Executive Director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association
commented, “As a farmer myself, I love the opportunity to visit other farms
and to discuss production and marketing strategies with other farmers. I
look forward to these events each year because I always come home with new
ideas and new connections.

Specialty crop producers and stakeholders that support the industry are
encouraged to attend.

*These events are free to attend and registration is required.* To register
and learn more about each field day, visit
call 616-952-1151.

Link to the flyer for the event – *click here*

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

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