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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.


food, farms and gardens

No cost to attend. CCE partners with Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology to provide farming education in the Northwest Lower Michigan area.

SOLD OUT - Identifying and Harvesting Northern Michigan Fungi

Wednesday, September 5, 12 and 19 (plus three consecutive weekends for a total of six sessions)

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

HESC Room 311

Marilynn Smith, M.S. expert mycologist will be joining us to identify local edible and poisonous mushrooms.  This series of three classroom lectures and three field observations will give you a new respect for fungi. Participants will meet in the classroom one night a week and go out on weekend (decided by group) to visit local forested areas for identification of flora. Limited seating available, so register soon!  Click here to register online.

SOLD OUT - Launch your business from Cottage Food Law to the next level of product development opportunities

Thursday, September 20

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SCRC 536

This class is designed for those who want to manufacture a food product that is not eligible to be sold under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law.  This class is for the entrepreneur and farmer interested in growing their business.  Products may include pickles and other vegetables, many sauces like salsa or those with fruit, anything with meat or dairy as an ingredient and many others. Attendees will learn about food safety basics, regulatory requirements and business development resources. Launch your business to the next level!

Instructor: Wendy Wieland, Michigan State University Extension and Michigan State University Product Center, with Guest Entrepreneur: Carol Mack-Griffin, from Yaya's Bakery of Charlevoix, MI.

Limited seating available, so register soon!  Click here to register online.



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.