West Michigan Growers Group gathering TODAY, potluck at 6pm and tour at 7pm at Hope Farms,1364 Maplewood Dr., Jenison, MI 49428.
Surplus Produce Donations
Feeding America West Michigan will pick up surplus crops at your farm. They like to have about 200lbs of donations to come pick them up. Contact Katie Auwer 616-432-6961 or Ron Groen 616-432-6963. Details at https://www.feedwm.org/donors/
Emma Garica from Access of West Michigan can also help facilitate local food pantries picking up donations. Her email isEmma@accessofwestmichigan.org
Good Food Summit
“Michigan Good Summit Registration Now Open!
Friday, October 28, 2016
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
Register at: www.michigangoodfood.org/summits The full conference agenda can be found there, along with hotel and other Summit information. Registration for farmers, students and community members is $30; for all organizational affiliates, it is $50. Fees include continental breakfast, lunch, breaks, all sessions and materials.”
Organic Certification Cost Share Now Available!!
“The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is pleased to announce the availability of organic cost share assistance for handlers/producers who have incurred certification expenses during the period of October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. The program is offered on behalf of the USDA National Organic Cost Share Program which is authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. Enclosed are the cost share reimbursement instructions and application as well as guidance on how to register as a vendor for the State of Michigan. Your operation must have been inspected and certified by a National Organic Program (NOP) accredited certifying agent during this specified time period in order to qualify. MDARD is authorized to pay 75% of the certification
and user costs up to $750 per certification. Allowable costs are indicated on the enclosed instruction pages. You must register as a vendor with the state of Michigan and sign up to receive your payment via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). If you do not have access to the internet and cannot register with the state as a vendor, you will need to complete the enclosed form W-9; if you are
currently registered with the state as a vendor you do not need to fill out the W-9.
Failure to do provide any of the required documentation will result in rejection of your application. Your application along with all required supporting documentation must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2016.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Josh Grant at (517) 284-5789 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.” http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1568_37188-333288–,00.html