Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 8, 2012

Farm Focus in brief: 12/08/12



GTSI awards grants

The Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative has awarded 12 teams of local teachers and students $1,500 grants to use place-based education for water stewardship projects this year. Place-based education uses the local community and the environment as a starting point for teaching and learning.

Schools with teams receiving grants include Benzie Central High School, Cherryland Middle School and Mill Creek Elementary School in Elk Rapids, Traverse City Area Public Schools' Montessori, East Middle School, Cherry Knoll and Old Mission Elementary School; The Children's House, Grand Traverse Academy and Greenspire School in Traverse City.

On Dec. 10 at 6 p.m., the TCAPS Board of Education will recognize all TCAPS GTSI teachers during a meeting at the TCAPS Administration building, 412 Webster Street in Traverse City.

Holistic Management

TRAVERSE CITY --The Michigan Land Use Institute's Get Farming! project will hold a Holistic Management workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The workshop will cover Holistic Decision-Making and focus on Holistic Financial Planning. Larry Dyer, a certified holistic management educator and presenter for the workshop, has a strong background in vegetable crops and direct marketing.

The workshop will be held at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway. Registration is required. The cost, $40 for individuals or $50 for two from the same farm, covers lunch and registration.

For more information or to register, contact Jim Sluyter at 889-0199 or

Urban plan plows ahead

DETROIT-- Detroit's planning commission has approved the city's new urban agriculture zoning ordinance.

Thursday night's action takes the city closer to officially recognizing community gardens and encouraging new and larger urban farms. The commission is an advisory board to City Council, which could take up the proposed changes in early 2013.

The decision doesn't settle whether Detroit will sell vacant residential lots on the city's east side to Hantz Farms for a large-scale tree-growing project.

City Council is expected to take up the Hantz Farms proposal on Tuesday.

Hantz Farms wants to put vacant Detroit land to use for agriculture. Some have opposed the plans, saying they amount to a land grab.