FULL AGENDA AT A GLANCE            

Friday, January 27th                      Saturday, January 28th

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

7:30 am Registration opens

8:30 am Trade show opens

9:00 to 10:15 am NMSFC: concurrent session 1

10:15 to 10:30 am Refreshment + trade show break

10:30 to 11:45 am NMSFC: concurrent session 2

11:45 am to 1:30 pm Lunch + trade show

1:30 to 2:45 pm NMSFC: concurrent session 3

2:45 to 3:00 pm Refreshment + trade show break

3:00 to 4:15 pm NMSFC: concurrent session 4 + 

4:30 to 5:00 pm Trade show + networking

5:00 pm Trade show closes, conference concludes

Farm School 

8:30 am Registration opens

9:15 to 10:45 am FS: concurrent session 1

10:45 to 11:00 am Refreshment + networking break

11:00 am to 12:30 pm FS: concurrent session 2

12:30 to 1:45 pm Lunch

1:45 to 3:15 pm FS: concurrent session 3

3:15 to 3:30 pm Refreshment + networking break

3:30 to 5:00 pm Farm School: concurrent session 4

Keynote and Reception

6:30 pm Opening reception + cash bar

7:00 pm Keynote: Bill Palladino 

8:30 pm Social dance + live music with Bowhunter

 

Small Farm Conference

Session One (9:00-10:15 am)

Reducing Farm Energy Expenses with Charles Gould

Online Resources for Better Farm Management with Katie Brandt & Tom Cary

Tips and Tricks for Efficiency and Food Safety in a Small Wash/Pack Facility with Paul & Sandy Arnold

Locally Grown Hops with Brian Tennis

Advantages to Diversifying Livestock with Cody Holmes

The Michigan GroupGAP Network with Phil Britton

Vermicomposting: A Value-Added Process for Small and Mid-Sized Farms with Jesse Raudenbush

Inventing the Next Ag-Tech Product: Could You Do It? Have You Already Done It? Find Out with Jevon Jovanovic and Paul Sachs

SARE Grants and Grant Writing with Dean Baas and Lance Kraai

Introduction to Lean Farming with Brian Bates

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

Keep Those Veggies Coming: Growing for and Running a Successful Year-Round CSA with Denae Friedham and Jeremy Moghtader

Addressing Soft Skills with Hard Core Strategies with Kristine Ranger

Wildlife Management on Michigan Farms with James DeDecker, Tony Aderman, Ashley Autenrieth, and Monique Ferris

Using Technology to Improve Small Farm Operations with David Coveyou

Creating a Fruitful Landscape with Michael Phillips

A Natural, Hands On Approach to Cattle Handling with Stephani and Mike Schulte

Farm to Facebook - Using Social Media to Build Your Farm with Anne Morningstar

Healthy Soil Using Biological Inputs with Brad Morgan

Vineyard Establishment for Table or Wine Grapes with Jim Peters

Wild Plants for Food and Medicine - Learn to Love with Sierra Bigham

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

So You Want to be a Beekeeper? with Brian Bates

Pizza Farming: On-site Value-Added Production for Small Farms with Lance Kraai and Joel Schramm

Innovative Equipment Investments on the Diversified Farm with Collin Thompson and Abby Palmer

Relocalizing Fiber — The Michigan Fiber Cooperative Project Continues with Lori Evesque and Bridget Kavanagh-Patrick

Organic Tool Box with Michael Phillips

Small Scale Sustainable and Traditional Milling with Alisa Crawford

Wild Plants for Food & Medicine - Learn to Love with Sierra Bigham

Producing Fresh Unprocessed While Milk with Ted & Peggy Beals

The 100-Layer Flock on Pasture with Aaron Brower

Farm Fresh Flower Bouquets with Kalin Sheick

Session Four (3:00-4:15pm)

Effective Farm Finance - Growing the Future of Your Farm with Brian Bates and Jeff McCabe

Utilizing Corn Stover in Beef Cattle Diets with Kevin Gould

Agritourism: Is this Right for Your Farm? with Michelle Walk

Growing Apples for Hard Cider with Trevor Newman

Farmer to Farmer Session: Grains facilitated by Jami Blaauw-Hara

Farmer to Farmer: Using Social Media to Build Your Farm facilitated by Anne Morningstar

Farmer to Farmer: Soil facilitated by John Biernbaum

Farmer to Farmer: Local Markets facilitated by Bill Palladino

Farmer to Farmer: Energy facilitated by David Coveyou