Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

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02/16/2021

We launch the 2021 Virtual NMSFC tomorrow! We can't wait to see you. Please let us know if you have not received the correspondence for the conference.

02/13/2021

Keep your eyes on your emails for a Know Before You Go with detailed instructions on viewing pre-recorded presentations and the 5-day roundtable conference. Drop us a line if you encounter any troubles.

Today is the last day to join us for the 2021 NMSFC!Ticket sales close at 11:30pm tonight. Don't delay! We look forward ...
02/12/2021
Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

Today is the last day to join us for the 2021 NMSFC!

Ticket sales close at 11:30pm tonight. Don't delay! We look forward to connecting digitally with all of you next week.

Visit our website to learn more and get tickets.
http://www.smallfarmconference.com/

The Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference is held in January in Acme, just north of Traverse City.

02/09/2021

We have launched! Presentations for the 2021 NMSFC are up!
Check your emails for the link to view the pre-recorded presentations.

Hey, hey, it's Tractor Level Sponsor Day! Thank you to these exceptional businesses that have supported the 2021 Virtual...
02/09/2021

Hey, hey, it's Tractor Level Sponsor Day! Thank you to these exceptional businesses that have supported the 2021 Virtual NMSFC. Interlochen Public Radio All Seasons Tax & Accounting Services GreenStone Farm Credit Services Rural Caucus of the MDP Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance and The C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU (American Farmland Trust)

Hey, hey, it's Tractor Level Sponsor Day! Thank you to these exceptional businesses that have supported the 2021 Virtual NMSFC. Interlochen Public Radio All Seasons Tax & Accounting Services GreenStone Farm Credit Services Rural Caucus of the MDP Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance and The C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU (American Farmland Trust)

02/02/2021

2021 attendees: Be on the look out in your email boxes over the next week. A link to all pre-recorded presentations to view in preparation for the roundtable discussions the week of February 17 through February 21 will be sent to the email you provided when registering. Stay tuned!

We want to highlight more sponsors. Because they're awesome. We'd like to highlight the other group of our 2021 Presenti...
01/29/2021

We want to highlight more sponsors. Because they're awesome. We'd like to highlight the other group of our 2021 Presenting Sponsors. Thank you to you all, we couldn't do it without your support!
Oryana Community Co-op High Mowing Organic Seeds Taste The Local Difference Brilliant Books.

In 2020, Michigan saw an increase in the usage of SNAP Bridge Cards, attributed to food insecurities caused by the COVID...
01/25/2021

In 2020, Michigan saw an increase in the usage of SNAP Bridge Cards, attributed to food insecurities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only did more community members gain access to healthy foods, but many farmers markets and farm stands benefited from this growth, providing people with access to nutritious, locally grown food. Join the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) to discuss why public food assistance programs such as SNAP are important public goods, why they saw increased usage in 2020, and how farmers markets and farmers can best serve their communities and program participants while increasing sales.

Registration is open now! For only $25 per household, you will receive links to recorded presentations to watch on your own time. Then, join us February 17 through February 21 for live roundtable discussions. Attend as many or as few of the roundtables as fits in your schedule. More information can be found at our website www.smallfarmconference.com

Who wants to sponsor a virtual farming event, amidst a pandemic, putting their faith in the education offered from the N...
01/23/2021
Presenting Sponsors — Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

Who wants to sponsor a virtual farming event, amidst a pandemic, putting their faith in the education offered from the NMSFC?
These folks do!

We have amazing sponsors who stepped up during these transitional times to enable us to bring you the 2021 NMSFC.

We are happy to highlight a few of our presenting sponsors today.

Click this link to see our Presenting Sponsor Gallery to learn more about Morgan Composting Inc, Fischer Insurance Agency, Inc and Grain Train Natural Foods Market.
http://www.smallfarmconference.com/sponsor-gallery-2021

Morgan Composting strives to be a driving force in Agribusiness that promotes sustainable practices and to be an innovated provider of economical and healthy soil products. Our mission is to strive for excellence in our service to customers, our community, and the environment. We believe that there....

Another great roundtable at the 2021 NMSFC! To effectively market the farm, growers need to tell their story. This sessi...
01/22/2021

Another great roundtable at the 2021 NMSFC! To effectively market the farm, growers need to tell their story. This session will teach you HOW to do it using the digital platforms that have become a must to accommodate customers for every grower. After years of trial and error, Kyle Brisendine of Willow Farm learned the best methods to effectively market using digital media and be able to adapt quickly to a changing world, particularly in 2020.

Registration is open now! For only $25 per household, you will receive links to recorded presentations to watch on your own time. Then, join us February 17 through February 21 for live roundtable discussions. Attend as many or as few of the roundtables as fits in your schedule. More information can be found at our website www.smallfarmconference.com

More session highlights today! Join us for a presentation with Kama Ross, District Forester for Leelanau, Grand Traverse...
01/18/2021

More session highlights today! Join us for a presentation with Kama Ross, District Forester for Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Benzie counties, and Maddy Baroli, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Change. They will cover the benefits of integrating trees and shrubs on farms and homesteads. Learn about tree species that are projected to have increasing or new suitable habitat in Northern Michigan under future climate conditions. Discover how these tree species can support biodiversity and a resilient landscape.

Registration is open now! For only $25 per household, you will receive links to recorded presentations to watch on your own time. Then, join us February 17 through February 21 for live roundtable discussions. Attend as many or as few of the roundtables as fits in your schedule. More information can be found at our website www.smallfarmconference.com

Join us for this roundtable during our 2021 NMSFC. Instead of scaling up in size, increase the number of sales days per ...
01/15/2021

Join us for this roundtable during our 2021 NMSFC. Instead of scaling up in size, increase the number of sales days per year and take advantage of the high demand for local winter produce. Lisa Helm has been growing vegetables year-round in downtown Dayton, Ohio for five seasons now using unheated DIY hoophouses and low tunnels. She will discuss DIY infrastructure, growing techniques, resources and plant varieties collected from over 8 year-round vegetable farms to help you feel confident to start your own winter production.

Registration is open now! For only $25 per household, you will receive links to recorded presentations to watch on your own time. Then, join us February 17 through February 21 for live roundtable discussions. Attend as many or as few of the roundtables as fits in your schedule. More information can be found at our website www.smallfarmconference.com

2020 brought abrupt change to the globe. Businesses that historically relied on in-person relationships to sell their go...
01/11/2021

2020 brought abrupt change to the globe. Businesses that historically relied on in-person relationships to sell their goods—in particular small, local growers—had to change, and quick. This roundtable with Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organic Farm will cover how your farm can adjust with infrastructure and safety when unseen changes disrupt your norm.

Registration is open now! For only $25 per household, you will receive links to recorded presentations to watch on your own time. Then, join us February 17 through February 21 for live roundtable discussions. Attend as many or as few of the roundtables as fits in your schedule. More information can be found at our website www.smallfarmconference.com

James DeDecker, Allison Stawara and Abbey Palmer bring you vegetable variety trial results at our 2021 NMSFC. The Seed t...
01/08/2021

James DeDecker, Allison Stawara and Abbey Palmer bring you vegetable variety trial results at our 2021 NMSFC.

The Seed to Kitchen Collaborative (SKC), coordinated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, brings together vegetable breeders, seed companies, researchers, organic vegetable growers and professional chefs to evaluate the productivity and quality of elite vegetable varieties in organic research stations and on-farm trials. This year, the North Farm at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center grew 43 different varieties of six vegetables (cucumber, tomato, sweet pepper, onion, carrot and lettuce) in SKC variety trials. They also worked with Taste the Local Difference to recruit eight local chefs who conducted sensory evaluation of the crops. Join us to learn how the results of this research can be applied to grow your direct market vegetable business!

Registration is open now! For only $25 per household, you will receive links to recorded presentations to watch on your own time. Then, join us February 17 through February 21 for live roundtable discussions. Attend as many or as few of the roundtables as fits in your schedule. More information can be found at our website www.smallfarmconference.com

The benefits and opportunities of vermicomposting for the small scale grower are many. Dan Lonowski from Michigan SoilWo...
01/05/2021

The benefits and opportunities of vermicomposting for the small scale grower are many. Dan Lonowski from Michigan SoilWorks will go over how to use it, ways to make it, and how to sell it for profit during our 5 days of roundtables we are offering in February.

Registration is open now! For only $25 per household, you will receive links to recorded presentations to watch on your own time. Then, join us February 17 through February 21 for live roundtable discussions. Attend as many or as few of the roundtables as fits in your schedule. More information can be found at our website www.smallfarmconference.com

"Growth of Solar Photovoltaics in Rural Michigan and Impacts on Agriculture and Conservation" roundtable is coming in Fe...
01/03/2021

"Growth of Solar Photovoltaics in Rural Michigan and Impacts on Agriculture and Conservation" roundtable is coming in February to the 2021 NMSFC.

Development of large solar PV arrays is rapidly advancing in Michigan. While local, renewable energy resources have many potential benefits, we will discuss some of the implications of how this development may proceed. This includes information on the status of PV development in Michigan, for state and local development policy, as well as impacts on agriculture and land conservation, and some thoughts on how solar may be creatively integrated into other land use goals.

Registration is open now! For only $25 per household, you will receive links to recorded presentations to watch on your own time. Then, join us February 17 through February 21 for live roundtable discussions. Attend as many or as few of the roundtables as fits in your schedule. More information can be found at our website www.smallfarmconference.com

2021 is full of potential! We offer you just one way to start your New Year off right. Check out our full listing of rou...
12/27/2020

2021 is full of potential! We offer you just one way to start your New Year off right.

Check out our full listing of roundtables (each with a pre-recorded session you will receive prior to the roundtable week). Registration is open. Just $25 per household for 5 days of learning. To see full descriptions of all the sessions, visit us at www.smallfarmconference.com

Growth of Solar Photovoltaics in Rural Michigan and Impacts on Agriculture and Conservation
Wednesday, February 17, 12 pm to 1 pm
Sarah Mills + Brendan O’Neill | University of Michigan

Your Farm in Times of Change
Wednesday, February 17, 7 pm to 8 pm
Brian Bates | Bear Creek Organic Farm

Is Your Soil As Productive as it Should Be?
Thursday, February 18, 12 pm to 1 pm
Paul Gross | MSU

Benefits and Opportunities for Vermicomposting
Thursday, February 18, 7 to 8 pm
Dan Lonowski | SoilWorks Michigan

How Farmers and Farmers Markets Can Serve Food Assistance Program Participants
Friday, February 19, 12 to 1 pm
Amanda Shreve + Michelle Gagliardi + Jenny Radon + Joe Lesausky | MIFMA

Utilize Social Media to Grow Your Business
Friday, February 29, 7 to 8 pm
Kyle Brisendine | Willow Farm

Vegetable Variety Trial Results for Small Vegetable Growers
Saturday, February 20, 12 to 1 pm
James DeDecker + Allison Stawara + Abbey Palmer | UPREC

Startup Stories: Sharing & Hearing the Tales From Farms in their Early Years
Saturday, February 20, 7 to 8 pm
Katie Brandt | Student Organic Farm of MSU

Resiliency with Climate-Adaptive Tree Planting
Sunday, February 21, 12 to 1 pm
Kama Ross, District Forester for Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Benzie counties | Maddy Baroli, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Change

Sunday, February 21, 7 to 8 pm
Year-Round Veggie Production with Affordable DIY Infrastructure
Lisa Helm | Dayton Urban Grown Cooperative Incubator/Training Farm

Join this roundtable at the 2021 NMSFC, "Is Your Soil as Productive as it Should Be?"Productive and functioning soils ar...
12/22/2020

Join this roundtable at the 2021 NMSFC, "Is Your Soil as Productive as it Should Be?"

Productive and functioning soils are a key to farm profitability. In this session we will define soil health and discuss the various tests and tools available to assess and interpret your soil characteristics. The session will conclude with practices that can improve soil health based on your goals for your farm and the resources available.

Registration is open now! For only $25 per household, you will receive links to recorded presentations to watch on your own time. Then, join us February 17 through February 21 for live roundtable discussions. Attend as many or as few of the roundtables as fits in your schedule. More information can be found at our website www.smallfarmconference.com

"Startup Stories: Sharing & Hearing the Tales from Farms in their Early Years" with Katie Brandt of the MSU Student Orga...
12/18/2020

"Startup Stories: Sharing & Hearing the Tales from Farms in their Early Years" with Katie Brandt of the MSU Student Organic Farm is just one of the 10 farmer-to-farmer roundtables offered during the 2021 NMSFC.

Join us to tell the true tales of how you overcame challenges (or are still experiencing them!) in startup. Through the sharing of stories, we will connect with living history from seasoned farmers and current realities for beginning farmers. Everyone is welcome—experienced farmers, beginning or aspiring farmers, schoolyard or community gardeners, farm/food system advocates and listeners. You will also get you a list of beginning farmer resources.

Registration is open now! For only $25 per household, you will receive links to recorded presentations to watch on your own time. Then, join us February 17 through February 21 for live roundtable discussions. Attend as many or as few of the roundtables as fits in your schedule. More information and to see all of the session options, go to our website.
www.smallfarmconference.com"

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference's cover photo
12/16/2020

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference's cover photo

Registration is now open for the 22nd Annual NMSFC!Join us February 17 through February 21, 2021 from the comfort of you...
12/15/2020

Registration is now open for the 22nd Annual NMSFC!
Join us February 17 through February 21, 2021 from the comfort of your own home.

This year's conference offers farm education and virtual spaces to gather with peers. So, put on some comfy pants, make some tea, grab that favorite blanket and settle in for a different kind of farm conference.

The 5-day conference will consist of pre-recorded presentations you can view on your own time prior to conference week.

During the conference week of February 17 to February 21, there will be two roundtable sessions each day, one at the lunch hour (noon ET) and one at the after-dinner hour (7pm ET). Here, you can have a conversation with the presenter and your peers about the pre-recorded presentations.

This has been a tough year, so the price is low—just $25 per household covers the entire week: every pre-recorded presentation, every roundtable, all conference week. Attend one, attend them all. The flexibility is all yours.

Don't miss the opportunity to digitally connect with us in 2021.
To register and view the 2021 Session line-up, head to our website
www.smallfarmconference.com

We're almost there! We think we can, we think we can, we think we can.Take a peek at a preview of our 2021 Northern Mich...
12/01/2020

We're almost there! We think we can, we think we can, we think we can.

Take a peek at a preview of our 2021 Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference plans at our website. Full details to go live in a week.
www.smallfarmconference.com

Ahhhh, yawn! Stretch, twist, bend, crack.Never fear, we have awoken from our summer slumber. We're here and we are getti...
11/24/2020

Ahhhh, yawn! Stretch, twist, bend, crack.

Never fear, we have awoken from our summer slumber. We're here and we are getting ready to launch our 2021 Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference details. Stay tuned, conference goers. Good news is on its way.

This Saturday, don't forget to tune in for Bee TV with Bob Bernard in his bee yard. 10am on Facebook Live.
06/19/2020

This Saturday, don't forget to tune in for Bee TV with Bob Bernard in his bee yard. 10am on Facebook Live.

In an emergency, how can you help yourself before help arrives? This workshop covers vehicle rollovers, crush injuries, ...
03/10/2020

In an emergency, how can you help yourself before help arrives? This workshop covers vehicle rollovers, crush injuries, machinery injuries, farm chemicals, silo fires and large animal hazards. Be safe out there, folks. http://ow.ly/mxUc50yym36

Meet the Chicken Coupe. It may not look like much, but it plays an important role in helping small- and home-scale farme...
02/28/2020

Meet the Chicken Coupe. It may not look like much, but it plays an important role in helping small- and home-scale farmers to bring poultry to the table. The Chicken Coupe is a portable, MDA-certified chicken processing trailer that small farmers raising pastured poultry can use to bypass expensive processing facilities and sell direct to their customers. http://ow.ly/5s2u50yskG3

Farm accidents are no joke. It often takes first responders more time to reach farm accidents because of their location....
02/24/2020

Farm accidents are no joke. It often takes first responders more time to reach farm accidents because of their location. Learn what you can do before help arrives. http://ow.ly/v9ge50ysjCW

Our friends and partners at the Antrim Conservation District are hosting Farming for the Future in Antrim County to talk...
02/21/2020

Our friends and partners at the Antrim Conservation District are hosting Farming for the Future in Antrim County to talk sustainable innovations, new crop markets, marketing to consumers, and farmland access and protection. Our own Daniel Marbury will be moderating a session called Farmland Access, Succession, & Protection Panel.

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I see farm tours on the website for Friday. Do you have a list of farms and times yet? Also is there a list coming soon of the vendors that will be at the trade show?
So, If i register for the small farm sessions, does that include both days?
I swear 2019 will be the year I finally attend this event!