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2011 Michigan Family Farms Conference on Jan. 15
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This conference is a great opportunity for small and limited resource farmers to connect with other growers and great resources, network, and learn about community supported agriculture (CSAs), local marketing opportunities, hoophouse production, food safety, alternative energy, organic certification, regulations that may affect farms, urban school gardening, small-scale poultry production, agritourism, and much more. Special youth activities focused on agriculture, too, make this family farms conference truly a family event.


Source: Michigan Food & Farming Systems

2011 Michigan Family Farms Conference on January 15

Save the Date for the eighth annual Michigan Family Farms Conference, Rising to the Challenges Local Farms, Local Food, Local Pride on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek. Come learn how small, family farms are shaping Michigans diverse agricultural future and to discuss challenges and growth opportunities for those growing farms.

Don Coe of Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, MI is this years keynote speaker and will share his knowledge and experience on how he transformed his vineyard into one of the premier and most successful agritourism destinations in the state, complete with a winery, distillery, inn, creamery, orchards, vineyards and horse stables.

This conference is a great opportunity for small and limited resource farmers to connect with other growers and great resources, network, and learn about community supported agriculture (CSAs), local marketing opportunities, hoophouse production, food safety, alternative energy, organic certification, regulations that may affect farms, urban school gardening, small-scale poultry production, agritourism, and much more. Special youth activities focused on agriculture, too, make this family farms conference truly a family event.

The early-bird registration fee is $35 per person, and group discounts are available. For more information, visit www.miffs.org/mffc or contact MIFFS at (517) 432-0712 or miffs@msu.edu. Limited scholarships are available.

Partners and sponsors so far include: Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS), the Farm Research Cooperative, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA), Potawatomi Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D), Michigan State University Extension, and the Calhoun Conservation District.