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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.

June 14,  Coveyou Scenic Farm, Petoskey.  Two miles south of Petoskey on US 131.

July 12, Providence Organic Farm, 5691 N M-88, Central Lake.

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

 

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Thursday, June 15, July 20, 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. 

 

 

High Density Fruit Growing: Utilizing Small Spaces to Grow Fruit

Monday, June 26

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SCRC Room 536

Cost $20

Trevor Newman

Trevor Newman, Co-Founder of Roots to Fruits, LLC, will guide us in exploring ways to fit fruit trees and berry bushes into the landscape when space is a constraint. We'll explore vertical gardening techniques and ways to train fruiting plants like cordon and espalier. Great for the urban gardener and homesteader alike!

 

Multi-Use Trees and Shrubs for the Functional Landscape

Tuesday, June 27

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SCRC Room 536

Cost: $20

Trevor Newman

Form follows function is an old expression in the landscaping world. Join us for an evening of exploration while we take a look at the functional use of productive trees for windbreaks & hedgerows, privacy screens, microclimate and much more. This class will look at landscape trees from a permaculture perspective! 

 

Unique Specialty Fruits

Thursday, July 27

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SCRC Room 536

Cost: $20

Trevor Newman

Trevor will begin to share details and stories about uncommon fruits adapted to Michigan. Learn about obscure old world garden crops like currants and gooseberries, as well as emerging commercial fruits like saskatoon, honeyberry, hardy kiwi and much more.

 

Growing and Marketing Mushrooms

Tuesday, August 8

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SCRC Room 536

Cost: $20

Bernie Ware

This workshop will include a discussion of fungi biology along with proven production techniques of different mushroom species including Shiitake, Oyster, Wine Cap, and Lions Mane.  Bernie will also share marketing ideas employed at Ware Farm through the years.  Participants will also put together and take home an "Oyster Totem" to start their fungi garden. Bernie Ware, owner of Ware Farm in Bear Lake, Michigan is one of the early growers of mushrooms in Northern Michigan.

 

Processing and Preserving Mushrooms

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

Times TBA

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

Class description coming soon!

 

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

Class description to come

 

To register either: call 231-348-6613 or email ccefaq@ncmich.edu.

 

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

An Equal Opportunity Program/Service Provider.