Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 18, 2013

Farm Focus in Brief: 05/18/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Beverage classes

EAST LANSING — A new specialization in Michigan State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will help prepare students for work in the beverage industry.

The Beverage Science and Technology specialization includes a trio of new courses created to give students “a good background in the general area of brewing, winemaking and distilling,” said scientist and professor Kris Berglund. Topics include Fermented Beverages, Science and Technology of Wine Production and Brewing and Distilled Beverage Technology. Classes meet at local wineries and breweries as well as at the MSU Artisan Distilled Research Facility.

For more information, contact Berglund at or (517) 974-3030.

Weed management

EAST LANSING — Two Weed Identification and Management for Vineyards workshops are planned June 6 and 7. North Carolina State University weed scientist Rob Richardson, Michigan State University Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator John Stone and MSU Extension educators Diane Brown and Duke Elsner will teach the workshops.

The one on June 6 runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Berrien County Extension office in Benton Harbor. Call (269) 944-4126 for more details.

On June 7, the class will be held at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station near Traverse City. Call 922-4822 for more information.

Registration fee is $25, including lunch, handouts and refreshments. To download the registration form and workshop agenda, visit Deadline for registration is May 31.

Compost Day

TRAVERSE CITY — Oryana Natural Foods Market presents Community Composting Day Wednesday, May 29, near the store’s east entrance.

From 10 a.m. to noon, Bay Area Recycling will be on hand with a truck full of finished compost. Customers are invited to bring their own buckets (limit one per person) and take some home — first-come, first-served.

From 4:30 to 7 p.m., learn the basics of neighborhood composting from Carter’s Compost’s Carter Schmidt, Traverse City’s youngest entrepreneur and compost specialist. Carter will bring his mobile compost pile for a fun, worm-wrangling vermicompost demo.

For more information, call 947-0191.

Michigan Fresh

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University Extension’s “Michigan Fresh” program provides information for those seeking help starting a garden. A Michigan Fresh fact sheet lays out the proper way to plant various seeds and in what conditions.

According to fact sheet author and MSU Extension educator Gretchen Voyle, warm-season crops, including beans, squash, cucumbers and sweet corn turn out best when they are planted as seedlings in an inside environment.

Cold-season crops, such as beets, lettuce, radishes, green and snap peas, as well as spinach, can be planted outdoors when the soil is ready.

To learn more, visit