Please join us January 29 and 30, 2016 for the 17th Annual Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference.

at the grand traverse resort

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daphne Miller

Friday, January 29

Part clinician, part ecologist, and part anthropologist, Miller approaches medicine with the idea that opportunities for health and healing are found not only in the medical system but in such unexpected places as home kitchens, school gardens, community organizations, spiritual centers, farms, and nature trails. Throughout her career, her teaching, writing, and advocacy work has reflected this perspective. Author of Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing.

Youth and Children

There are great programs being planned for youth, ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 18. Check back soon for details.

Daycare is available at the Cub House (the Grand Traverse Resort’s licensed daycare) for a reduced rate. For children 0 to 13. Advance registration required. All Cub House staff are CPR and First Aid certified. The Cub House supervisor and lead teachers have degrees in early childhood development. 


Farm School

Friday, January 29

This year's Farm School features three tracks: honey, mushrooms and agroforestry. We are bringing together regional and national experts for these one-day intensives on Friday, January 29.

Speaker lineup: Mark Shepard, Ben Falk, Wendy Wieland, Annie Olds, Mary Ellen Kozak, Joe Krawczyk, Charlotte Hubbard, Ken Mudge and Meghan Milbrath. 

Space is limited.


Sponsorship and Trade Show: Reach the Largest Gathering of Small Farmers in Michigan

The 2016 trade show will have over 100 exhibitors, and trade show-only tickets will be available to the general public. The conference attracts over 1,000 attendees.

Learn more about sponsoring the conference here.

Learn more about exhibiting at the conference here.

Deadline to be included in the registration brochure is October 1, 2015.

Farms, Food & Health

Friday, January 29

Farms, Food & Health is an all-day conference that brings together health practitioners, employers, school representatives, farmers and others interested in connecting the dots between health care, wellness, and locally grown food. Tracks include wellness benefits that offer employees easy access to local farm foods, farm to hospital, farm to school, and integrating nutrition and local food into clinical care. Find all the details for Farms, Food & Health here:


Certified Local Food Event

A 'Certified Local Food Event' emphasizes community. The badge signifies that this event is committed to a sustainable future— not only for the event but for the community as a whole.

When an event displays this badge it has the backing of Taste the Local Difference® — a program with over a decade of experience in the local food & farming community.


Tentative schedule, subject to change

Farm School

Presented by ISLAND

9 am to 5 pm

Friday, January 29

Farms, Food & Health Conference

Presented by Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

9 AM TO 5 PM


Reception with Chef Demonstrations

Appetizers, cash bar

5:00 PM


Farmer-Buyer Meet & Greet

Appetizers, cash bar

5:00 PM


Keynote Speaker, Dr. Daphne Miller

Book signing and reception to follow

7:00 PM


Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

8 am to 5 PM

Saturday, JANUARY 30

Trade Show

Open to the public with a trade show-only ticket after 1:30 pm; included in the ticket for the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

8:30 AM TO 5:30 PM