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November 3, 2012

Agriculture in Brief: 11/03/2012

Hoophouse meeting at Short's Bellaire

BELLAIRE — A Hoophouse Roundtable is being held at Short's Brewing Co. in Bellaire from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Local growers will discuss the travails and successes associated with installing and using unheated hoophouses to extend the growing season. Those who own hoophouses or are considering installing one are invited to attend.

In addition, a Growing Hops program is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Short's in Bellaire. Brian Tennis of the Michigan Hop Alliance will discuss the selection, cultivation and marketing of hops. Donations are appreciated.

Both events are presented in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design and Short's, with support from the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

For more information, call 622-5252 or email

'Business of Farming' workshops scheduled

TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Land Use Institute's "Get Farming!" program is planning several "Business of Farming" workshops for aspiring and experienced farmers.

"Business Basics" on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. is aimed at helping new and aspiring farmers determine the first steps to building a successful business. Presenter is Wendy Wieland, innovation counselor for the Michigan State University Product Center.

"Keeping the Books" and "QuickBooks Basics" will introduce new or veteran farmers and other entrepreneurs to practical bookkeeping techniques including how to use QuickBooks, one of the most popular bookkeeping software products. Stuart Kunkle, a QuickBooks ProAdvisor who keeps the books for Cherry Capital Foods and his own Bricolage Farm, will lead both classes.

"Keeping the Books is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12, with "QuickBooks Basics" set for Tuesday, Nov. 13. Both run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

"Hoop for the Future," a workshop on hoophouse management, is slated for Friday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs. A registration fee of $20 for one or $25 for two from the same farm includes lunch at Pond Hill's Garden Cafe.

Registration is requested for all of the workshops. For more information and to sign up, call 889-0199, email or visit

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