Feb Updates

Reminder: The next growers group is on Thursday, Feb 4th at 6pm at New City Farm/4th Reformed Church, 1226 Union NE, GR. We will be holding our first annual business meeting. Farmers are strongly encouraged to come, as we will be voting on topics effecting the long-term direction of the group.

Home and Garden Show Booth – Cultivating Change

It is time again for the West Michigan Home and Garden show and we have

again been given a booth this year, March 3-6. The booth is a 20×30
which is the same size as last year but this year it is an island (no
sides) so I am looking for input on what type of display we would like
to do. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas

Thanks,
steve@mudlakefarm.com

Growers Fare Sign up- DUE FRIDAY!

We would like you to join us in a grant-funded CSA promotion initiative. Sign up https://msue.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5u758UeZcUvhGbH

This year’s CSA Open House Growers Fare Event will be on Saturday, March 19th, at Downtown Market, Grand Rapids.

Please contact Rachelle@earthkeeperfarm.com or zieglerg@anr.msu.edu with any questions.

Tater Tats accepting project proposals 

Tater Tats gives 10% of it’s sales to sustainable farm projects.  We’re now accepting proposals from farms for 2016. If you have a project that we could help you fund, let us know. We don’t ask anything from you except a few pictures that we can post/use to show the customers what they helped to fund. To apply email us a project explanation and cost. What does your farm wants to do? Examples of past funded projects include an electric fence and winter growing supplies. And how much it would cost (ideal projects for us are in the $100-$300 range). Email Jenna if you have any questions at all.

Email: info@tatertast.com

Internship at Baxter

From Anna Johnson <ajohnson@baxtercommunitycenter.org>

Baxter Greenhouse Programs is currently seeking applicants for the Neighborhood Garden Program Internship. The intern will be assisting with the implementation of the Garden Program; responsibilities include recruiting new gardeners, organizing garden workshops, facilitating the building for 20-30 raised beds, and follow up with gardeners. The internships is 24 weeks between Feb-July 10-15hr/week with a $2000 stipend. Please share with anyone who might be interested in this opportunity.

The full job description and list of qualifications can be found on our website:

http://baxtercommunitycenter.org/?page_id=1436

MOFFA’s Organic Intensives – Thursday, March 10th 

On Thursday, March 10th from 8:30am to 5pm at Brody Hall on MSU Campus in East Lansing will be MOFFA’s organic intensives. There are three courses to choose from: Wild Edibles with Lisa Rose, Seed Saving with Suzanna Ashworth, and Organic Certification for Field Crop Farmers.

Early registration ends Feb 9th. Fee is $75 before Feb 9th, and $95 after.

http://www.moffa.net/OI-2016.html

Box Truck for Sale

From Emma Garcia <emma@accessofwestmichigan.org>

“1999 GMC C5500

Bed is Approx 104 sqft

(or eight 48”x40” pallets)

Asking $5,500 OBO

Contact Frank if interested

fsiegel@olcparish.net

 

Matching Funds for beginning farmers

Michigan’s Emerging Farmers – Strategies and Tools to Enhance Success

Matching Funds Program Application

Through a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS), Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) and MSU Student Organic Farm will provide a limited number of $2,000 stipends to beginning farmers in Michigan. Each $2,000 stipend requires applicant matching savings of at least $1,000 intended for farm-related costs. The stipends are designed to help people in their first years of farming to develop and stabilize their farming business, increasing its long-term viability.

The application is attached. For questions and comments, please email Shakara Tyler at tylersh1@msu.edu. ”

Slow Food Biodiversity Micro Grant- Due Feb 19

Details at: http://www.slowfoodwestmichigan.org/micro-grant-application/

Biodynamic Winter Intensive at Hawthorn Valley Farm, NY

Course runs from Feb 14-19th it is presented by the Institute for Mindful Agriculture at Hawthorn Valley Farm, NY.

http://hawthornevalleyfarm.org/place-based-learning-center/vocational-programs/biodynamic-winter-intensive/

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