Saturday, January 27, 2018

We are bringing together regional and national experts for this one-day conference on Saturday, January 27 at the Grand Traverse Resort. 

Full Agenda

7:00 am  Registration Opens

10:30 am Trade Show Opens

8:30 - 9:45 am Concurrent Session 1

9:45 - 10:30 am Refreshment + Trade Show Break (Don't miss the Seed Swap!)

10:30 - 11:45 am Concurrent Session 2

12:00 - 1:30 pm Certified Local Foods Lunch & Trade Show

1:30 - 2:45 pm Concurrent Session 3

2:45 - 3:30 pm Refreshment & Trade Show Break (Don't miss the Seed Swap!)

3:30 - 4:45 pm Concurrent Session 4 & Evaluations

4:45 - 5:00 pm Trade Show & Networking

5:00 pm Trade Show Closes, Conference Concludes

Full Session Details — Small Farm Conference

Session One (8:30-9:45 am)

Building a Sustainable Seed Community with Ben Cohen

Composting to Balance Economic and Environmental Sustainability with Brad Morgan

Finding & Acquiring Farmland with Katie Brandt

Flower Farming: Season Extension and Crated Lily Production with Shailah and Rowan Bunce

How to Help Pollinators with Kay Charter

Mind Your Business with Richard Wiswall

Native American Herbal Medicinals with Nathan Wright

Pork Production Panel with Aaron Brower, Andre Kitscher, Ben McMurray, Ryan Romeyn

Sustainable Management of Your Woodlot with Kama Ross and Joshua Shields

Veggies and Vows: How to Run a Farm Business with Your Life Partner and Still Really Like Each Other with Fred and Michelle Monroe

Session Two (10:30-11:45am)

Becoming and Leaving Strawberry with Bernie Ware and Ryan Romeyn

Coppice Agroforestry: Resprout Silviculture for the 21st Century with Dave Jacke

Early Season Extension and Harvest/Post-Harvest Handling of Flowers with Michelle Shackleford and September Dykema

Growing and Marketing Sensational Salad Mixes with Abbey Palmer and Allison Stawara

Organic Certification — Where to Start? with Vicki Morrone and Julie Studier

Protecting Your Personal and Farm Assets from Legal Predators with Michael Fraleigh

Ranching Exotic Livestock with Chris Butz

Sizing Up Your Farm — A Discussion of Equipment, Infrastructure, Costs & Strategy for Different Types of Vegetable Farms with Tim Cary

Weed Management for Small Scale Diversified Vegetable Operations with Sarah Geurkink and Denae Friedheim

Session Three (1:30-2:45pm)

Assessing the Feasibility of Organic Grain Production in the U.P. with Monica Jean and Chris Kapp

Carrot Production on the Small Farm with Collin Thompson

Cost of Production - Farm Budgets Made Simple with Richard Wiswall

Food Safety 101  with Mark Baker

Gardening Like the Forest: From Delicious Plants to Edible Ecosystems with Dave Jacke

A Natural Hands-On Approach to Cattle Handling, Part 2 with Michael and Stefani Schulte

Targeting Tillage for Improved Soil Health and Crop Performance with James DeDecker and Sieg Snapp

Tell Your Story & Make Money Doing It with Kalin Sheick

USDA Rural Development Grants with Bobbie Morrison and Natalie Garr

Session Four (3:30-4:45pm)

Farm Mechanizations with Richard Wiswall

Farmer-to-Farmer Discussion Group: On-Farm Butcherings facilitated by Ellie and Matt Evans

Farmer-to-Farmer Discussion Group: Farmer-to-Farmer Access facilitated by Laura Rigan and Sharron May

Farmer-to-Farmer Discussion Group: New Co-operative Models facilitated by TBD

Farmer-to-Farmer Discussion Group: Seed and Rootstock Varieties for Our Region facilitated by Brenin Wertz-Roth

Farmer Yoga: Supportive Practices for Working Bodies with Janae Ernst

Get the Most From Your Soil Amendments by Building Beneficial Biology with Joe Scrimger

Extending the Growing Season in Northern Michigan with Brian Bates