Michigan Organic Listserv
April 19, 2018
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
From the desk of Vicki Morrone ([log in to unmask])
Information for you and your farm.
2018 Cover Crop Field Walk at Kellogg Biological Station
The second field walk on April 26 in Hickory Corners will focus on cover crop and Intermediate Wheatgrass winter survival.
By: Dean Baas, Michigan State University Extension, and Vicki Morrone, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.
The Michigan State University (MSU) Extension cover crops team will be hosting a series of informational Cover Crop Field Walks in 2018 looking at different cover crop species and how they work in different cropping systems. This is an opportunity for producers and agricultural professionals to visit cover crop field sites in various locations throughout Michigan with MSU Extension educators to observe and discuss cover crop use, management, benefits and challenges.
Walks are scheduled on Thursdays from 5 – 7 p.m. The second field walk of the season will take place on April 26at the MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS), 9693 N. 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI 49060. Participants will see cover crop plots that were highlighted at the November 7, 2017 field day. Cover crops inter-seeded into standing corn at V3 and V6, mixtures after wheat, small grains for forage after silage and plots of various species will be toured to evaluate them for how they over-winter or winterkill, providing an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of each and how they might fit into a cropping system.
We will visit the Intermediate Wheatgrass field where we saw cows grazing last fall. This crop is being tested to produce grain AND used for grazing. As a perennial its great at holding nitrogen and soil in its place. Let’s check how much growth it has accumulated since grazing last November 7.
Wild Mushroom Cultivation
Just a few mushroom-related events to bring to your attention. First, for anyone who would like to obtain certification to commercially forage wild mushrooms (i.e. sell mushrooms they forage from the woods to restaurants, stores and at farmers markets) Midwest American Mycological Information (MAMI) is holding three spring workshops.
The program that remains with openings will be held in Marquette on April 28 at the Marquette Food Co-op in Marquette. Upon successful completion of the class and exam participants will be issued an “Expert Mushroom Identifier” card by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development which will allow them to legally broker commercially-foraged wild mushrooms.
For more information see:
Easygrow Mushrooms and Composting LLC will be presenting a
shiitake log cultivation workshop
Saturday, May 5 at Colasanti’s market in Milford, MI (www.colasantis.com/) . The workshop will include a 70 minute overview presentation on the essentials and nuances of growing
shiitake mushrooms followed by a hands-on session of inoculating shiitake
logs. This workshop is designed for both folks who simply want to grow
mushrooms for their tables as well as those who want to commercially grow
shiitake for sale at farmers markets, restaurants and grocers. The cost
of the class is $60 per participant and everyone will receive a handout
overviewing shiitake growing as well as an inoculated shiitake log to
bring home. For more information call Colasanti’s Market at 248-887-0012
or e-mail Easygrow Mushrooms and Composting LLC at
MSU Product Center and MSU Extension are taking registrations for the following seminars that are being held now through the end of April:
April 20, 1-3pm “How to Start A Commercial Food Business” in Lansing. Register at
April 26, 6-8pm “How to Start A Cottage Food Business” in Frankenmuth. Register at
April 30, 6-8pm “How to Start A Cottage Food Business” in Frankenmuth. Register at
Have something to share on Michigan’s food systems? Look no further…
Share your stories and skills at the 2018 Michigan Good Food Summit
ValleyHUB at the Kalamazoo Valley Food Innovation Center is hiring for 2 new full-time positions on our team.
ValleyHUB is a farm, food hub, and education center based at the Food Innovation Center at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, part of the new Bronson Healthy Living Campus and supporting KVCC's Culinary Arts & Sustainable Food Systems degree program. At our farm, we test new and innovative methods for year-round growing. In our food hub, we distribute fresh food from local producers to local customers. And our training center offers programs in food safety, produce handling, and production methods to help growers, food handlers, and chefs innovate and succeed. Our goal is to get more healthy food onto more plates in Southwest Michigan by training, educating, and supporting the fresh food supply chain.
Food Systems Program Coordinator: https://jobs.kvcc.edu/postings/2463
Food Hub Operations Coordinator: https://jobs.kvcc.edu/postings/2462
Use link in posting to apply online. Deadline to apply is March 21.
Rachel Chadderdon Bair
Director for Sustainable and Innovative Food Systems
Spread the word— Crosshatch is hiring
What is Crosshatch? Crosshatch provides resources for our community to become stronger, more self-reliant, and more native to place.
We organize workshops, courses, and conferences that teach our neighbors how to do things like: become a beekeeper, care for goats, build a brick oven, graft fruit trees, manage soil effectively, preserve food, and more. Whether you are new to do-it-yourself projects or you are already a professional, Crosshatch has resources for you.
We also manage guilds: informal, but powerful peer groups that dive deeper into a specific topic. Current guilds exist for small farmers, beekeepers, orchardists, mushroom cultivators, fiber folks, grain growers, and green builders.
YOU: are a relationship builder, task list checker, finely detailed
thinker, thoughtful story-teller who makes meaning from fundraising.
WE: are a tight-knit team of action-oriented community builders, who understand the importance and power of art, ecology, economy and agriculture
US, TOGETHER: are like granola and yogurt, Egyptian plovers and crocodiles, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe, and corn + beans + squash.
Crosshatch is seeking a full time development professional with strong skills and living experience in donor development, grant writing, capital campaigns and corporate sponsorships. Crosshatch is based in the 10 county region of Northwest Lower Michigan and is seeking folks who live in (or are willing to relocate to) this region, who are able to travel regularly, and who are able to work primarily from home.
Visit our website to learn more.
A directory of on-the-job learning opportunities in sustainable and organic agriculture in the U.S. (and some in Canada) has been published since 1989 as a tool to help farmers and apprentices connect with each
Anyone can browse the listings for free. As a subscriber, you can build a personalized listing to connect with internship seekers. The listed farms are primarily seeking interns/apprentices from North America.
The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is pleased to offer a third – and likely final – round of Michigan Local Food Council Network Seed Grants. Existing and developing Michigan local food or food policy councils are eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000, or $6,000 with matching funds. These seed grants provide a source for existing councils to expand their capacity and newly-forming councils to accelerate their development. The grant program also aims to increase connection and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning among councils through participation in the Michigan Local Food Council Network.
For complete details, see the request for proposals at http://www.canr.msu.edu/news/michigan-local-food-council-network-seed-grant-program-rfp-2018.
Proposals are due by 5:00pm on Thursday, May 17.
The grant period is six months, from mid-June to mid-December. This is likely the final round of statewide seed grant funding for local food councils that CRFS will offer, so we encourage all eligible councils to apply! For more information or questions on the process, contact me at the info below.
Liz Gensler ([log in to unmask])
Organic Farming Specialist
Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University
480 Wilson Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824