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            North Central Michigan College’s Corporate and Community Education (CCE) department is offering free workshops on viticulture, farms and gardens this winter. CCE partners with Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology to provide farming education in the Northwest Lower Michigan area. Seating is limited and you must register in advance.

            Starting January 9 is an 18-part viticulture series, Vines to Wines.  Join some of the experts in our region to stay abreast of current ideas and strategies in vineyard agriculture development.  Certificates of Completion are available for both Series 1, January 9 – February 7, and Series 2, February 13 – March 13. All classes begin at 6 p.m. and will be held on the Petoskey campus in Room 536 of the Student and Community Resource Center. These classes are brought to you by our partnership with Crosshatch/USDA and the members of SAGGA, Straits Area Grape Growers Association bringing community education, growth in agriculture and continued development and ingenuity to the region. 

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            Other workshops include:

            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.

            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!

            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, call 231-348-6613, email or visit

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College, a Military-Friendly® and a Veteran Friendly School, and was named #1 Community College in Michigan by


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Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist