The NMSFC promotes and builds a local vibrant agriculture community, equips the small farm community with the tools to be successful, and provides a forum for the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community.

Goals:

  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. 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

Kat Jacques, MSU Extension, Tribal Extension Program instructor

Amanda Kik, Crosshatch

Brad Kik, Crosshatch

Vic Lane, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Heather Ratliff, Cherry Capital Foods

Andrea Romeyn, Providence Organic Farm and CSA

Michelle Shackleford, Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers

Josh Stoltz, Grow Benzie

Jeannie Voller, Crosshatch

Wendy Wieland, MSU Extension

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.