Please join me in a fun and intensive learning opportunity offered by Michigan organic food and farm alliance. It will be held on the campus of Michigan State University and the registration price is all inclusive; notebook on topic you choose, lunch, breaks and the chance to learn and share with others!
Hope to see you there and note for educators there is a Michigan SARE scholarship available!
Organic Farming Specialist at MSU-Center for Regional Food Systems
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We have four excellent programs planned this year:
[log in to unmask]" align="left" alt="cid:[log in to unmask]" v:shapes="_x0000_s1029">Healthy Organic Livestock with Matt Shane, Karry Trickey, Mike Metzger and Aimee Swenson-Buckley. Monitoring and organic treatment of health issues, optimum pasture management, goat meat and dairy production, and decision-making for small scale sheep operations.
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[log in to unmask]" align="left" alt="cid:[log in to unmask]" title="" v:shapes="_x0000_s1026">Advanced Organic Soil Mangement with Dan Kittredge. Soil health is measured through fertility testing, mineral testing, biological assays and productivity. The session will address how to interpret these results and put them to use to improve soil and plant health.
There is detailed information about each of the session topics, schedules, and presenters on the website at www.moffa.net/oi-2019.html.
The event will take place at the Plant and Soil Sciences Building at 1066 Bogue St. on the MSU campus in East Lansing, with lunch next door in the Conservatory. Parking is free, and the registration fee of $80 for MOFFA members and $95 for non-members covers six hours of learning, lunch, two breaks, all printed materials, and a great chance to network with fellow farmers and gardeners from across Michigan. Please register early as enrollment is limited, and the earlybird registration discount ends December 15.
A limited number of scholarships are available so contact us at [log in to unmask] if the cost of registration is a barrier to participation. We also have some scholarship support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program which is available to anyone who is involved with teaching others about growing sustainably.
Please share this information widely. We look forward to seeing you on January 12th.
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