Friday, November 16, 2012

Registration now open!

14th Annual Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference: Regenerative Farms, Resilient Communities
At Grayling High School in Grayling, MI
Saturday, January 26, 2012

The Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference serves as a vehicle to promote and build a local vibrant agriculture community, to equip the small farm community with the tools to be successful, and to be a forum for the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community.

Resiliency & Improving Michigan Agriculture’s Triple Bottom Line
Jason Rowntree, Michigan State University
In the future, continued challenges with natural resource use and economic viability will impact Michigan agriculture. Resilient approaches including diversifying income, increasing market share through value added and implementing farm practices that increase natural resource sustainability are paramount. By focusing on the pillars of profitability, resource sustainability and community improvement, farm by farm northern Michigan can direct a preferred future for their landscape, farming vitality and community improvement.

  • Over 20 workshops on topics ranging from soil biology to small-scale livestock, taught by leaders in the field
  • Trade Show full of small farm related vendors
  • Youth track, including full-day programming for our future farmers
  • Child care available for ages 5 to 8; family space available for ages 0 to 5 (a parent must be present in the family space)
  • Early bird registration discount
  • Online registration
  • Local foods lunch catered by farmer-chef Mike Everts of Blackbird Gardens

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