Collin Thompson

Program Instructor

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Office: 906-439-5059
Po Box 168
Chatham, MI 49816
Greening Michigan Institute


  • Community Food Systems educator


  • Vegetable storage for extended marketing

    November 13, 2017 | Whether holding items in storage throughout the main production season, or extending the marketing season into the winter, proper handling and storage techniques will help maintain quality of harvested crops.

  • Small scale organic carrot production

    October 30, 2017 | Carrots can provide small-scale farmers profit not only during the growing season if they are cared for properly.

  • Organic garlic production

    August 30, 2017 | This time of year, local garlic is starting to appear at farmers markets, farm stands, and grocery stores. A staple in many types of cuisines, garlic is as fun to grow as it is to cook.

  • Transplant production: Light considerations

    May 1, 2017 | Light is essential for plant growth and providing the right type, in sufficient amounts, is critical to ensure healthy seedlings.

  • Transplant production: Timing and crop types

    April 10, 2017 | Widely fluctuating temperatures, extreme light levels, unpredictable moisture, and wind pressure can all cause transplant mortality.Having a properly mature, hardened off transplant can help growers overcome these challenges and achieve higher yields.

  • Transplant production: Potting mix

    March 27, 2017 | The right media is essential in order to grow healthy, productive transplants. Whether it is purchased or made on the farm, the right potting mix can be the start to a successful season.

  • Transplant production: Tools and techniques

    March 27, 2017 | Springtime is here, which means farmers and gardeners are starting to think about waking up their fields from their winter slumber. A great way to get a head start on the season is to start seeds indoors for transplanting.

  • Getting started with Hoophouse Management: Beginning farmer webinar series

    December 30, 2016 | In response to widespread interest in season extension, Michigan State University Extension is offering a “Getting Started with Hoophouse Management” webinar as part of its Beginning Farmer Webinar Series.

  • Farm Incubator Program in the Upper Peninsula

    November 28, 2016 | Now completing its second year of the Apprentice Farmer Program, the Michigan State University North Farm provides opportunities for beginning farmers to realize their farm dreams.