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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.

 

VINE TRACK SERIES

New series of FREE Viticulture Cold-Hardy Grapes Workshops. Join some of the experts in our region to keep abreast of current ideas and strategies in vineyard agricultural development!  Join us in this 18 part series which will provide Certificates of Completion for Series 1 (9 classes) and Series 2 (9 Classes).  (To receive a Certificate of Completion you cannot miss more than two (2) classes in either series). 

Attend any of the workshops or all of them, just make sure to register to hold your spot!  

VINE TRACK SERIES #1 – January 9 – February 7
#1   Planning and Planting a Vineyard for Commercial Production – Wed. 1/9 - 6  p.m. - 9 p.m.  To register, click here.

#2  Trellis Design & Pruning Management for Cold Climate Grapes Classroom & Field Study – Mon. 1/14 - 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. To register, click here.

#3  Vineyard Soil Nutrition Management – Wed. 1/16 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. To register, click here.
#4  Cold Hardy Grapes - The Emerging Best Choices for Wine Making – Wed. 1/23 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. To register, click here.
#5  Finances of Grape Growing, What goes into the cost and selling price - Thurs. 1/24 -  6 p.m. - 8 p.m. To register, click here.
#6 Pesticide Application Requirements & Best Practices – Wed. 1/30 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. To register, click here.
#7 Controlling Vineyard Damage from Fungus and Insects – Thurs. 1/31 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. To register, click here.
#8 Vineyard Weed Control & Ground Cover Management – Wed. 2/6 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. To register, click here.
#9 Controlling Bird & Other Critter Damage in Vineyards-Thurs. 2/7 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

WINE TRACK SERIES #2 – February 13 – March 13
#1  Processing Cold Climate Grapes into Fine Wine – Wed. 2/13 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
#2 Licenses, Permits and Other Requirements for Producing Wine - Thurs. 2/14 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
#3  Laboratory Testing basics in the Production of Cold Hardy Grape Wine - Wed. 2/20 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
#4  Establishing Commercial Wine Production Costs and Retail Pricing - Thurs. 2/21 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
#5  The Dos and Don’ts of Bottling- How to get your Wine into Bottles Safely - Wed. 2/27 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
#6 Fermentation, Tannin & Acid Management in Cold Climate Varietals - Thurs. 2/28 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
#7 Marketing & Selling Cold Climate Grape Wine - The Tasting Room Approach Wed. 3/6 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
#8 Recognizing & Identifying the Aromas in Wine – Thurs. 3/7 – 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
#9 Vines to Wines Conference – Wed. 3/13 Time TBD

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

 

Other upcoming classes:

5S Your Farm the Lean Way

Tuesday, January 8

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The strategy of 5S is all about putting things/tools in the right place and making your job easier, more productive, and more efficient. Improve the way individuals work and begin to change the view of work to constant improvement and the customer.  To register, click here.

The Waste in Farming and the Lean Approach

Wednesday, January 9

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Lean waste is about those things that create a waste of time and effort on the job. Learn what creates waste in your process and begin to get rid of it. Combine this lesson with 5S and you will have the power to redefine the way work happens on your farm!  To register, click here.

The Lean Kaizen Approach

Thursday, January 10

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Kaizen is all about making positive change and constant improvement. These skills provide a great approach to discovery and sharing of ideas and improvements.  To register, click here.

These classes are brought to you by our partnership with Crosshatch/USDA and the members of SAGGA, Straits Area Grape Growers Association to bring community education, growth in agriculture and continued development and ingenuity. 

Get on our email list to receive first notice of the new community based agricultural and farming workshops happening this winter and spring!

 

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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.