MSU North Farm On-Farm Short Courses

Date: June 4, 2017
Time: 1 - 6 p.m.
Location: MSU North Farm, Rock River Rd., Chatham, MI 49816
Contact: Abbey Palmer,, 906-439-5058

The North Farm is hosting a series of short courses starting in May on topics designed for market gardeners, small farms, and skill-seekers interested in gardening and farming. These workshops are an in-depth exploration of farming fundamentals and best practices taught by multiple instructors.

Come to MSU North Farm for four afternoon-long learning sessions with an emphasis on hands-on activities so you can practice what you learn in class with other farmers and gardeners.

 **Each workshop qualifies for education hours for MSU Extension Master Gardeners** 
** Soil Health qualifies as MAEAP Phase 1 Credit**

$30 for each course/$100 for all 4 courses

Farm rate for multiple attendees from one farm - $45 for each course/$150 for all 4 courses

Refreshments and snacks are provided.  


Sunday, May 21 · 1 - 6 p.m.

Everything you do as a farmer or a gardener is linked to soil. Learn about the physical, biological, and chemical aspects of soil as well as practical soil-building techniques in this get-your-hands-dirty survey of soil health with experts from MAEAP and MSU.



Sunday, June 4 · 1 - 6 p.m.   

From familiar raspberries to “novel” types like goji berries, perennial fruits are gaining popularity with market gardeners and farmers alike. Find out about variety selection, establishment, and cultural practices – including growing in high tunnels – for growing berries in a northern climate with MSU educators on perennial fruit crops.



Sunday, July 9 · 1 - 6 p.m.

The North Farm is conducting research trials in organic small grain production to identify challenges and opportunities in the Upper Peninsula. Come see the research plots, talk with researchers and growers, and discuss some of the realities of growing organic grains in northern climates. Topics will include plot establishment, weed management, pest and disease challenges, and variety selection.



Sunday, August 13 · 1 - 6 p.m.

Insects are important players on the farm – though often thought of as pests and parasites, insects are active in soil health, as pollinators, and even as pest control. Understanding insects in the context of your whole farm ecosystem will help you make informed decisions. Learn best practices from MSU educators on integrated pest management (IPM), native pollinators, and bees. 



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