Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Harvest Gathering

Saturday, October 26
th from 1:00-3:00 PM
at Maple Bay Farm, located 3 miles south of Elk Rapids on US 31

What's growing at Maple Bay Farm? Pumpkins for one, along with a new program for beginning farmers!
ISLAND and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy have partnered to create a farmer residency program at Maple Bay Farm. Like an informal version of a medical residency, this farmer residency program fills the gap between entry-level farm internship experience and farm ownership, creating opportunities for young farmers to gain the technical, managerial, and practical experience necessary to operate and own an independent farm.

Joining us to celebrate will be musical guests Angelo Meli and Dave Eichenroth. While you’re there, take an optional hike down to the beach, get nature-themed pumpkin stencils to go with your very own Maple Bay pumpkin, enjoy soup, apple cider, and donuts, and take a look at ISLAND’s new kitchen on wheels, Preservation Station. GTRLC and ISLAND staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you pick your pumpkin. The hike is 1.5-2.0 miles long, traversing a gravel road through agricultural fields down a forested bluff trail out to the beach. If you are planning to hike, please dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring water.

Sponsored by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and ISLAND. Call 231-929-7911 with questions. To RSVP, click Directions and property information at:

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