Workshops & Webinars

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July to December 2021: OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series

July to December 2021: OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series

Spread your wings this summer with workshops to help you start and grow your farm business, video replays which give you a taste of the OEFFA conference, and farm tours featuring Ohio’s community of inspiring, sustainable farmers!
The 2021 OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series features 10 recorded presentations from the 2021 OEFFA conference, four on-farm tours, and two workshop series designed to help early career farmers build legal resilience and established farmers transfer their land.

Northwest Michigan Grape Pre-Veraison Hybrid Meeting

Northwest Michigan Grape Pre-Veraison Hybrid Meeting

August 6, 2021, 7:00:00 PM

Parallel 45 Vines & Wines and Michigan State University Extension will hold a hybrid meeting in-person and over a Zoom call to talk about how to use cutting-edge technology to decrease bird damage and do disease scouting (spore trapping technology). Advance registration is not required. Participants can use the following Zoom link to join virtually: https://msu.zoom.us/j/99846073261. Passcode: Grapes

 Participatory Modeling Field School

Participatory Modeling Field School

August 6, 2021, 9:00:00 PM

Participatory modeling engages stakeholders in the process of modeling complex systems, integrates scientific and local knowledge, and produces models useful for stakeholder decision making.

Sailing Gichigami with Inland Seas and the Anishinaabe

Sailing Gichigami with Inland Seas and the Anishinaabe

August 7, 2021, 5:00:00 PM

We are offering a place-, vessel-, and experiential-based program to educate college students on the cultural heritage within ceded lands and waters retained by Tribal Nations. Come with us as we travel aboard the Inland Seas’ vessel to uncover the wealth of culture and heritage that Lake Superior has to offer. This program is open to all. Preference will be given to tribal members enrolled in college/university. Participants will receive a stipend for travel and other associated expenses for attending.

WMSBF August Forum 2021: Sustainability Momentum on the West Michigan Lakeshore

WMSBF August Forum 2021: Sustainability Momentum on the West Michigan Lakeshore

August 9, 2021, 4:00:00 PM

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and Lakeshore Sustainability Forum will welcome back professionals from across the region for a joint event on Monday, August 9 highlighting major sustainability initiatives underway on the Lakeshore. Featured speakers include Marty Gerencer, Executive Director of West Michigan Food Processing Association, Wendy Ogilvie, Director of Environmental Programs for Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds, and Robyn Afrik, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director for Ottawa County.

2501 Webinar Q&A Information Session

2501 Webinar Q&A Information Session

August 10, 2021, 6:00:00 PM

The OPPE will host two (2) webinars during the open period of this announcement as provided below. Sessions will be recorded. Additional sessions may be necessary to answer questions and clarify requirements. There is no registration required to participate.
SESSION 2: AUGUST 10, 2021, AT 2:00 P.M. EDT—TO JOIN THE CONFERENCE, CLICK: HTTPS://EMS8.INTELLOR.COM/​LOGIN/​839761 FOLLOW THE PROMPTS TO CONNECT AUDIO BY COMPUTER OR TELEPHONE. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO JOIN THE WEB CONFERENCE OR REQUIRE A NON-U.S. PHONE NUMBER, CLICK HERE. ACCESS CODE: 7821646#.

MSU Virtual Breakfast

MSU Virtual Breakfast

August 12, 2021, 11:00:00 AM

MSU Extension specialists and educators are teaming up to bring agribusiness professionals and farmers a series of “Virtual Breakfast” meetings. These free, 30-minute online meetings will start your day off right with presentations on timely topics on crop and pest management and a weather summary and forecast.

Moving from Food Access to Food Justice

Moving from Food Access to Food Justice

August 12, 2021, 5:00:00 PM

Join the Network’s Equity & Access Working Group as we explore the history of the CSA model in the United States, consider today's challenges to advancing equity in CSA, and identify future opportunities to build a more equitable food system.
This workshop will be primarily discussion-based, so come ready with questions and ideas to share!

MSU Tollgate Farm HomeGrown Gardening Series 2021

MSU Tollgate Farm HomeGrown Gardening Series 2021

August 14, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

Companion Planting
Extension Educator Naim Edwards joins us to explore the value of companion planting. Naim will highlight the fundamentals of companion planting and show examples of common crops to grow together. Participants will leave with an understanding of why some plants grow well together and be able to determine how to apply companion planting in their garden.

Building skills for confident buyer-supplier conversations about farm to institution food safety

Building skills for confident buyer-supplier conversations about farm to institution food safety

August 16, 2021, 6:00:00 PM

Having a conversation about a supplier’s on farm food safety practices can help a buyer feel confident that the produce they are purchasing has been grown and handled safely. This webinar will feature guest speakers from University of Michigan Dining and the Marquette Food Co-op who will discuss how they have built relationships with local farms rooted in two-way communications about food safety. A Michigan Produce Safety Technician will also speak about the technical assistance and resources that they provide to farms to address produce safety needs. Participants will gain skills for having informed and productive conversations about on farm food safety concerns and expectations for farm to institution buying relationships.

 Cultivate Michigan Marketplace: Growing Connections in Early Care and Education series - UP Event

Cultivate Michigan Marketplace: Growing Connections in Early Care and Education series - UP Event

August 16, 2021, 10:30:00 PM

Join fellow food suppliers and childcare providers for a virtual meet-the-buyers style event in your region! This series of exciting networking events provides an opportunity for local and regional food suppliers and early care and education sites to connect around local food.
These events are for:
· Early Care and Education Providers interested in purchasing local food products from farmers, farmers markets, and food suppliers in their region. Child care centers, family care homes, Head Start and Early Head Start, tribal child care programs, and preschools based in K-12 schools are welcome.
· Food Suppliers interested in selling local foods to early care and education sites in their region. Farmers, farmers market managers, food hubs, processors, and distributors are welcome.

Michigan Beekeeping Webinar August 2021

Michigan Beekeeping Webinar August 2021

August 16, 2021, 11:00:00 PM

Please join Michigan State University's Apiculture Team for our 2021 Michigan Beekeeping Webinar Series! Thank you to the Southeastern Michigan Beekeepers Association for sponsoring this webinar! Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda will present on Jennifer's Apiary Vacation Slideshow: a lighthearted overview of activities in the apiary over a year, with biology mixed in.

Hazelnuts in Agroforestry Tour

Hazelnuts in Agroforestry Tour

August 17, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

Hazelnut trees are a plant of immense versatility and opportunity for land stewards and agricultural entrepreneurs. They subsist in poor nutrient sandy soils, prevent erosion and flooding, offer wonderful habitat and a seasonal food for wildlife in addition to their food product potential for humans. Whether or not you are currently growing hazelnut trees, there’s much to learn and appreciate about this plant in Northern Michigan. Come join Crosshatch, the Conservation Districts of Antrim, Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Counties, and the MSU Product Center for a tour of an Antrim County property with mature Hazelnut tree plantings and learn about the various household, ecological and business opportunities they can provide. This tour will provide a great introduction to this plant for beginners and also a lively discussion amongst enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who have some relationship and experience with it already.

Food Safety Webinar: CBD

Food Safety Webinar: CBD

August 17, 2021, 2:00:00 PM

Learn more about CBD and relevant licensing information from two Michigan farmers market vendors (MyTCBD & BarrieBeau Herb Farm) and a representative from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Information about licensing, helpful resources, and what market managers should know to best support their vendors will be discussed.

 Cultivate Michigan Marketplace: Growing Connections in Early Care and Education series - SW MI Event

Cultivate Michigan Marketplace: Growing Connections in Early Care and Education series - SW MI Event

August 17, 2021, 10:30:00 PM

Join fellow food suppliers and childcare providers for a virtual meet-the-buyers style event in your region! This series of exciting networking events provides an opportunity for local and regional food suppliers and early care and education sites to connect around local food.
These events are for:
· Early Care and Education Providers interested in purchasing local food products from farmers, farmers markets, and food suppliers in their region. Child care centers, family care homes, Head Start and Early Head Start, tribal child care programs, and preschools based in K-12 schools are welcome.
· Food Suppliers interested in selling local foods to early care and education sites in their region. Farmers, farmers market managers, food hubs, processors, and distributors are welcome.

Hazelnuts in Agroforestry Twilight Tour

Hazelnuts in Agroforestry Twilight Tour

August 17, 2021, 10:30:00 PM

Whether or not you are currently growing hazelnut trees, there’s much to learn and appreciate about this plant in Northern Michigan. This tour will provide a great introduction to this plant for beginners and also a lively discussion amongst enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who have some relationship and experience with it already. Come join Crosshatch, the Conservation Districts of Antrim, Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Counties, and the MSU Product Center for a tour of an Antrim County property with mature Hazelnut tree plantings and learn about the various household, ecological and business opportunities they can provide.

Irrigation Webinar Series

Irrigation Webinar Series

August 18, 2021, 4:00:00 PM

This six session series focuses on irrigation topics such as irrigation management, irrigation efficiency, new and expanding irrigation projects and a weather and crop update.

Protecting Your Ag Employees from Infectious Disease Including New COVID-19 Delta Variant

Protecting Your Ag Employees from Infectious Disease Including New COVID-19 Delta Variant

August 18, 2021, 5:00:00 PM

This presentation will highlight protective measures ag employers can take to reduce transmission of infectious diseases including the new COVID-19 Delta variant. Interim guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of Labor, “Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan” will be reviewed throughout the presentation. This presentation will also promote the use of mitigation strategies including COVID-19 vaccines, current evidence-based resources addressing vaccine confidence and workplace infection control.

 Cultivate Michigan Marketplace: Growing Connections in Early Care and Education series - West MI Event

Cultivate Michigan Marketplace: Growing Connections in Early Care and Education series - West MI Event

August 18, 2021, 10:30:00 PM

Join fellow food suppliers and childcare providers for a virtual meet-the-buyers style event in your region! This series of exciting networking events provides an opportunity for local and regional food suppliers and early care and education sites to connect around local food.
These events are for:
· Early Care and Education Providers interested in purchasing local food products from farmers, farmers markets, and food suppliers in their region. Child care centers, family care homes, Head Start and Early Head Start, tribal child care programs, and preschools based in K-12 schools are welcome.
· Food Suppliers interested in selling local foods to early care and education sites in their region. Farmers, farmers market managers, food hubs, processors, and distributors are welcome.

MSU Virtual Breakfast

MSU Virtual Breakfast

August 19, 2021, 11:00:00 AM

MSU Extension specialists and educators are teaming up to bring agribusiness professionals and farmers a series of “Virtual Breakfast” meetings. These free, 30-minute online meetings will start your day off right with presentations on timely topics on crop and pest management and a weather summary and forecast.

 Cultivate Michigan Marketplace: Growing Connections in Early Care and Education series - N. Lower Peninsula Event

Cultivate Michigan Marketplace: Growing Connections in Early Care and Education series - N. Lower Peninsula Event

August 19, 2021, 10:30:00 PM

Join fellow food suppliers and childcare providers for a virtual meet-the-buyers style event in your region! This series of exciting networking events provides an opportunity for local and regional food suppliers and early care and education sites to connect around local food.
These events are for:
· Early Care and Education Providers interested in purchasing local food products from farmers, farmers markets, and food suppliers in their region. Child care centers, family care homes, Head Start and Early Head Start, tribal child care programs, and preschools based in K-12 schools are welcome.
· Food Suppliers interested in selling local foods to early care and education sites in their region. Farmers, farmers market managers, food hubs, processors, and distributors are welcome.

 Cultivate Michigan Marketplace: Growing Connections in Early Care and Education series - East MI Event

Cultivate Michigan Marketplace: Growing Connections in Early Care and Education series - East MI Event

August 23, 2021, 10:30:00 PM

Join fellow food suppliers and childcare providers for a virtual meet-the-buyers style event in your region! This series of exciting networking events provides an opportunity for local and regional food suppliers and early care and education sites to connect around local food.
These events are for:
· Early Care and Education Providers interested in purchasing local food products from farmers, farmers markets, and food suppliers in their region. Child care centers, family care homes, Head Start and Early Head Start, tribal child care programs, and preschools based in K-12 schools are welcome.
· Food Suppliers interested in selling local foods to early care and education sites in their region. Farmers, farmers market managers, food hubs, processors, and distributors are welcome.

2021 Drainage Tools Workshop

2021 Drainage Tools Workshop

August 24, 2021, 1:00:00 PM

Learn the basics of using tools to make informed decisions about drainage for crop production and water-quality protection.