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Corporate & Community Education

Food Farms & Gardens

local foods alliance monthly potluck and meeting

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

Cost: Free -- No Reservations Required

2nd Wednesday of each month. Locations vary.

August 9, Ziibimijwang Farm, LTBB, 5055 East Gill Road, Carp Lake


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Thursday,  August 17 and September 21

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Bear Creek Organic Farm




Beekeepers and others who are interested are invited to join the Beekeepers’ Guild on the third Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet with other beekeepers and learn about hive maintenance, bee products and much more. These meetings are free but pre-registration is required. 


Processing and Preserving Mushrooms - CANCELLED

Tuesday, August 15

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SCRC Room 536

Cost: $20

Bernie Ware

This class will cover processing, cooking, and preservation of cultivated mushrooms.  Proven techniques and recipes that have been utilized through many years of experimentation at Ware Farm will be shared. Bernie Ware, owner of Ware Farm in Bear Lake, Michigan is one of the early growers of mushrooms in Northern Michigan.


Identifying and Harvesting Northern Michigan Fungi

Tuesdays, September 5, 12 and 19 and weekend field trips

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SCRC Room 536

Cost: $50 for series of 3 classes and weekend field trips

Marilynn Smith

Learn from expert mycologist Marilynn Smith to identify local edible and poisonous mushrooms and gain new respect for fungi. Participants meet in the classroom one night a week, then visit local wooded areas to collect fungi samples on the weekend. Instructor Marilynn Smith is a mycologist with a M. S. in Mycology from the University of Iowa.


Marketing Food and Farm Products through Direct Online Sales

Monday, September 25 

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SCRC Room 536

Cost: $20

Brian Bates

In a world where people do more and more of their shopping online, how can you create a virtual farm stand for your farm?  Local farmer and entrepreneur Brian Bates will share his experience of using his farm’s web presence to expand market reach and sell directly to customers online.

Business of Farming: Hiring, Training, and Retaining Employees

Tuesday, September 26 

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

SCRC Room 536

Cost: $20

Annie Olds

We’ve all heard good employees are hard to find.  How can you find good talent for your farm business, train them to work effectively for you and encourage them to stay with you?  Annie Olds, Regional Director of the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center, will lead a panel with experience in both employment best practices and farming business.


To register either: call 231-348-6613 or email



North Central's Farm Workshops are presented in collaboration with Crosshatch and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

An Equal Opportunity Program/Service Provider.