The NMSFC serves as a vehicle to promote and build a local vibrant agriculture community, to equip the small farm community with the tools to be successful, and to be a forum for the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community. This is accomplished primarily through the annual conference in January, but is also accomplished through the support of other educational opportunities throughout the year.


  1. To provide an outstanding educational event that meets the needs of the attendees of the conference.
  2. Provide a forum for the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community.
  3. Support small farm educational programs throughout the year.
  4. Help to build a local network of small farms, community businesses, and local government for the expressed purpose of building the local food economy.

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference Planning Committee

Brian Bates, Bear Creek Organic Farm 

Regina Brubacker-Carver, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, Health Educator

Rich Dykstra, retired farmer

Bill Hendrian, MSU Extension, Hickory Ridge Family Farm, LLC

Amanda Kik, Crosshatch

Brad Kik, Crosshatch

Heather Ratliff, Cherry Capital Foods

Jeannie Voller, Crosshatch

Mike Wells, Wells Family Farm

The Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference is a Program of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Crosshatch builds strong communities through the intersections of art, farming, ecology and economy.

Crosshatch envisions communities that are grounded in place: where people connect through stories, music, art, shared work, and food, and where the economy and culture are rooted in restoration of the earth and its people.