November Gathering

West Michigan Growers Group
Monday, November 2nd, Potluck at 6pm, Discussion at 7pm
CSA Evaluation at MSU Extension
775 Ball Ave, Grand Rapids, 48503
    Let’s talk CSA evaluation. A large part of creating successful CSA program is evaluating the satisfaction of your customers. Considering this, and the need to evaluate the effectiveness of the collaborative marketing and retention building aspect of the USDA Farm Market Promotion Program Grant, The November Growers Group meeting will be a time to meet and discuss strategies around CSA evaluation including both satisfaction of current members as well as a retention survey aimed at past or previous members. Please come equipped with past surveys that you have used and any questions about evaluation that you might have. As part of the Grant project we have been given access to the MSU online survey software program called Qualtrics which we can utilize to gain valuable information about your farm customers.
    The conversation will be lead by Garrett Ziegler from MSU Extension, zieglerg@anr.msu.edu
    Please bring a dish to pass. Feel free to invite other growers. If you know others who would like to be this mailing list, please let me know. 
Strategic Planning
The West Michigan Growers Group will be doing its strategic planning during November and December. We are working on clarifying our mission, structure, and making a plan for the next few years. This is a really important and exciting time for our group, and I would love your input!
The dates and locations are below. Please try to come to both meetings is possible. 
Session #1: Tuesday, November 17th from 1 to 5pm at Blandford Nature Center
Session #2: Monday, December 7th from 1 to 5pm at MSU Extension on Ball St
Some questions we should be thinking about before the planning meetings are:
-What changes would we like to see in the food system in our region and/or Michigan?
-What would we be willing and able to do to make these happen?
-How should we organize ourselves in order to make it more feasible for us to take these actions?
Please RSVP with Rachelle@earthkeeperfarm.com if you are planning to attend. 
Food & Faith Series
“To Satisfy the Hungry with Good Things”: food, faith, and our future.
Tuesday, October 27th, 12-1:30pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1025 Three Mile Rd NE.
Speaker Justin Fast. Sponsors are Access of West Michigan, Plainsong Farm Center for Renewal, and St Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Free event- optional $5 lunch. RSVP with emma@accessofwestmichigan.org
Midwest CSA Conference
from Erika at FairShare CSA Coalition
“Midwest CSA Conference
Dec. 3-4
Eau Claire, WI
With the continued growth of the CSA movement in the Midwest comes opportunities and complexities. The conference will provide a forum for CSA farmers and advocates to come together for deliberative discussion and peer-to-peer learning. Full-group sessions, including a keynote by Steven McFadden, author of the newly released Awakening Community Intelligence: CSA Farms as 21st Century Cornerstones, will discuss shared values of the movement and strategies for promoting cooperation and shared risk among farms and communities.”
Equipment for Sale
From Earthscape Farm, earthscapefarm@gmail.com:
Plastic Mulch Lifter
Nolts Model 500
3-5 ft wide plastic
Cat. 1 or 2 3pt.
Nearly New $1200.
Plastic Mulch Wrapper
Nolts Model 250
Stand on Cat. 1 3pt
Hydraulic reel speed control
Great Shape $800.
Earthscape / Full Circle Farm 
Patrice and Bill Bobier
4220 E. Loop Rd.
Hesperia, MI  49421
231-861-2234
From Infinity Farm, infinity.farms@gmail.com:
Greenhouse
Small scale livestock supplies
Sheep
contact for details

 

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