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December 22, 2012

Farm Focus in Brief: 12/22/2012

Farming workshops set

TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Land Use Institute's Get Farming! program is organizing several workshops this January for both new and experienced farmers.

"Passing on the Farm, Planning for Farm Transition" is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center. The workshop will feature presentations on legal, social and other aspects of estate planning along with success stories from area farmers.

"Saving Seeds from the Farm or Garden" is set for Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. at Grow Benzie in Benzonia. It will provide farmers and gardeners an opportunity to learn about saving seeds along with a chance to buy, sell or exchange seeds.

"Successful Grazing — Simple as 1-2-3" will be offered Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake City Research Center in Lake City. This workshop will focus on enhancing pastures and grazing performance.

In addition, an intensive day-long workshop on succeeding in the wholesale marketplace, "Wholesale Success," is slated for Feb. 11 at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center.

For information or to register, contact Jim Sluyter at 889-0199 or jimsluyter@mlui.org. Information and registration are available online at www.mlui.org/getfarming.

New nature app

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Little Traverse Conservancy has released a new Nature Preserve Smart Phone App.

The free app provides users with accurate, detailed information and interactive maps about Little Traverse Conservancy preserves that are best suited for outdoor recreation. The app is live and available on both Google Play and the Apple app store by searching "LTC Explorer."

The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation provided grants to support the hosting costs of the new app, as well as some website upgrades. The Baiardi Family Foundation Fund also helped with support.

For other information, visit www.landtrust.org.

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