Season Extension to Expand Your Marketing Potential

Date: October 13, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Ski Country Farm, 2281 W 7 Mile Rd., Sault Ste. Marie & Beaver Meadow Creak Farms, 5600 S Shunk Rd., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Contact: MIFMA Office, 517-432-3381; Register online: www.mifma.org/events

This is part of a series of six sessions this summer and fall to help specialty crop producers grow and expand their businesses to meet the increasing demand for local food in our state. Monday, October 13, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ski Country Farm, 2281 W.7 Mile Rd., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (Greg Zimmerman and Carolyn Rajewski divide their time between Ski Country Farm and jobs at Lake Superior State University. Season extension is a must in the upper peninsula, and Greg and Carolyn have met those challenges head-on with two reliable and innovative hoophouses.)

Beaver Meadow Creek Farms, 5600 S. Shunk Rd., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (Mark and Deanna Jones have been farming for 10 years alongside developing careers in the healthcare industry, managing a lawn-care business, and remaining active in 4-H. The family now owns three hoophouses where they grow mainly greens and tomatoes.)

Topics include: Hoophouse structure options (sizes, shapes, manufacturers, mobility, etc.); Crop selection, scheduling, rotation and companion planting; Pest and disease management in hoophouses; Winter marketing and pricing "out-of-season" produce; Maintenance and repairs; Other season extension options (row covers, low tunnels, etc.) Field days are designed for networking, sharing and free-flowing conversation.

Registration is required to attend and is FREE for MIFMA, MIFFS and MATA members. Register online at www.mifma.org/events or contact the MIFMA office at 517-432-3381. This field day series is funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grand through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Download the flyer for complete information.

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