Urban Farmer Tune-Up

Date: March 20, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Flint Farmer’s Market Community Room, 300 E. First St., Flint MI 48502
Contact: tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu or 248-347-0269.

“Grow More and Better”

Join us for a comprehensive look at produce growing to either hone your current skills, develop new strategies or better understand weeds and diseases.

The program will be held:

March 20, 2015
Flint Farmer’s Market Community Room
300 E. First St.
Flint, MI 48502

March 21, 2015
MSU Extension Tollgate Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Road
Novi, MI 48377

What We’ll Cover

Has This Ever Happened to You?

You do a good job of producing fresh, quality, wholesome produce, but there’s always that one crop that doesn’t always grow like it should. Or no matter what you change, or how you fertilize, one area of your field always grows poorly. Those are the situations that the Urban Farmer Tune-up will address. You’ll find practical information that can have a real difference on your bottom line.

  •         Find out about cover crops
  •         Tweak handling for  shelf life
  •         Add weeks to your season
  •         Learn about key pests

By the end of this training you are sure to walk away with at least one thing that will help you grow more, better.

Morning Track (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

What lies beneath: Urban soils and preparing a new site for planting - You already know to test your soil, but what else is there besides basic nutrition? Join us to discover the rest of the story.

Extending the season - You may be using successional planting and small hoops to add to your season, but not all plants work well. Find out tips and tricks that can help increase your chances of success.

Cover crops to build the soil - Unsure of the best cover crop to fit your soil or crop rotation?  Learn what different cover crops can do and how they all fit into your growing plan.

Food safety & post-harvest handling - Is there a buyer asking that you be food safety certified? We’ll introduce some simple things you can do that might open markets and add days to the life of your produce.

Damage control: Tweak your cropping system to minimize pest problems - Get up to speed on good cultural practices that reduce chances pests will be a problem in the first place. Find out how you can use host plant resistance, trap cropping, pest exclusion, and encouraging beneficials to help keep pests in check.

Lunch (12 - 1 p.m.)

Enjoy a tasty lunch and network with other growers and MSU Extension Educators. This is included for full day registrants only.

Afternoon Track (1 - 4 p.m.)

Tactics for disease management - Growing organic or reduced pesticide use crops can prove to be   challenging on years with weather conducive to disease development. Adjust your cropping system by creating a disease management strategy to minimize disease development.

Organic weed management practices for urban and peri-urban vegetable growers
- Learn how scouting, prevention, cultural, mechanical, chemical (non-synthetic) and biological weed management practices suited to urban production can improve the yield and quality of vegetable crops.

A year in a managed honey bee colony
- Approach honey bee management from the perspective of the colony throughout a calendar year.


You can choose to attend the full day (lunch is included), the morning or just the afternoon session.

Full-Day - $35.00
Half- Day - $20.00


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