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February 23, 2013

Farm Focus in Brief: 02/23/2013

Indoor farming

BELLAIRE — A program on Winter Indoor Farming will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bellaire Community Hall, 202 North Bridge Street.

Paul Murray has been farming wheatgrass and other sprouts indoors for more than five years and is a familiar face at farmers markets around Northern Michigan. He’ll lead the workshop, providing instruction in the materials you’ll need, where to get them and how to plant, grow and harvest your crops. Incorporating your harvest into your diet will be discussed and demonstrated. Suggested donation is $5-$10.

The workshop is offered in partnership with ISLAND and the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference. For more information, call 622-5252 or email yvonne@artmeetsearth.org.

Market conference

EAST LANSING — The second annual Michigan Farmers’ Market Conference is slated from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 5-6 during Agriculture and Natural Resources Week at Michigan State University.

The conference, sponsored by the Michigan Farmers Market Association, will take place in the Plant and Soil Sciences Building, 1066 Bogue Street on the MSU campus.

The conference will offer three tracks:

n Market manager “boot camp,” designed to provide essential basic information for beginning market managers.

n Advanced manager track for those who have attended previous training sessions and are looking for specialized information.

n Farmer track, designed especially for small and mid-sized farmers who direct market through farmers’ markets.

If you are a manager looking to build your market’s Web presence, a farmer who needs to understand meat and poultry processing and labeling requirements or someone working to include farmers markets in regional food hub development, this conference will provide valuable information and networking opportunities.

Conference rates for MIFMA members for the full conference are $75 or $50 per day; rates for non-members are $125 (full conference) or $85 per day. MIFMA student members are $50 (full conference) or $25 a day.

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