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CCE Workshops

Food Farms & Gardens

best marketing tools for your farm business

Join artist, farmer and entrepreneur, Anne Morningstar, of Bear Creek Organic Farm in this hands-on series and boost your market presence with these very effective and easy techniques.  Take one class or the entire series and jump-start your business this season. $25 per class.

From Product to Store Shelf: A How-To Guide for Package Design

Thursday, December 1 and December 8

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Room 27, Main Administration and Classroom Building

What is the secret to packaging my product so that it can be sold in stores and look professional? This two-day workshop is a crash-course in package design.  Learn the strategies behind what makes a product look best to consumers and just as professional as the big companies.  You will also have a chance to develop a package design for one of your existing products, and learn how to see the design through to wholesale.

Register here or by calling 231-348-6613. 


Beginning Beekeeping: The 1st Year

TH, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Free.  Preregistration required.


Advanced Beekeeping

TH, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Free.  Preregistration required.


Making & Marketing Beekeeping Products

TH, Mar. 16, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Free.  Preregistration required.

Beekeepers and interested are invited to join the Beekeepers’ Guild on the third Thursday of each month.  Meet with other beekeepers and learn about hive maintenance, bee products and much more. 

Beekeepers Guild

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Student & Community Resource Center (SCRC) Room 536


TU, Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

SCRC Room 536

$40/series (plus $25 for book)

Join other farmers to explore ideas in The Lean Farm, by Ben Hartman, and how they might apply to your farm. Create a value stream map for one or more of your products, root out waste and start the process of continuous improvement to make your farm more profitable and enjoyable. Facilitator: Larry Dyer, Ph.D.



WED, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

SCRC Rm 536


MSU Product Center Innovation Counselor Wendy  Wieland, and Michelle Jarvie,  MSUE Food Safety Educator, will present the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods at farmers’ market or direct to your customer


North Central and the Local Food Alliance are hosting monthly community discussions on the Economics of Local Food Systems

January 11, February 8 and March 8                     

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SCRC 536

Free – No Reservations Required

Please join the discussion the second Wednesday of each month, January 11, February 8 and March 8, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Room 536 of the Student & Community Resource Center.  Enjoy delicious food, inspiring discussions and good results.  Free and open to the public. Discussion materials are provided by the USDA Toolkit: Economics of Local Food Systems.


local food alliance monthly potluck and meeting

2nd Wednesday of Each Month                      

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Iron Horse Café, Conf. 4 

Free – No Reservations Required

Enjoy great local food and great conversations about actions to support local farms and food producers.




Thank you to Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology and the USDA Risk Management Agency for support of our local food and agricultural programs.  Equal Opportunity Program/Service Provider.




To register, click here.