Workshops & Webinars

Updated Weekly

Michigan Farmers Markets Conference

This virtual conference focuses on bringing together the numerous individuals necessary to create and support a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products in Michigan including market managers, farmers, vendors, volunteers, non-profit and municipal employees, as well as an array of persons involved in local food systems work. Engaging educational sessions, roundtable discussions, as well as networking and exhibitor opportunities will offer up-to-date information on timely topics related to farmers market cultivation and management.

The Agroecological City: Sovereignty, Resilience, & the Future of Food

Welcome to the 2021 Agroecological City event! Come join urban farmers, food and farming justice advocates, policy makers, educators, community organizers, and engaged citizens to share strategies for strengthening our urban food and farming systems.

Lessons learned from COVID: preparing for the 2021 growing season

The Vegetable Beet is a weekly live web series (think webinar but less formal and without the slides) where we'll discuss a new topic each week relevant to growers. The show will play live at 11:30 central time, and growers can join in to ask questions. Each show will be recorded as a podcast for later listening.

Starting Out Your Farm Business DIY

This workshop is for anyone who wants to put their visions, ideas, and goals into a business project. In this workshop, Lucy will share free business planning resources, ways to register an LLC, and her favorite free marketing and record keeping tools.

Owning Your Power: A First Step to Organizing for Policy Change

If you are interested in affecting policy change for a just and sustainable farm future, but don’t know where to start or how to start, join us to take some first steps in organizing your thoughts and your community around a policy campaign. We will discuss how to recognize the power you already hold and leave you with a hands on tool for you and your peers to keep the conversation going.

The Agroecological City: Sovereignty, Resilience, & the Future of Food

Welcome to the 2021 Agroecological City event! Come join urban farmers, food and farming justice advocates, policy makers, educators, community organizers, and engaged citizens to share strategies for strengthening our urban food and farming systems.

Citizen Planner Macomb County 2021

Local officials have a responsibility to help their communities manage the impacts of economic change and be part of the solutions to challenges their communities face. Local communities that proactively plan to succeed in the New Economy can improve their quality of life and overall sustainability. The Citizen Planner Program empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead.

Conversations in the Community

Cabin Fever Conversations is back! This FREE series aims to help connect you to your garden and fellow gardeners, even when we are stuck inside. Each week will feature a conversation to help get your mind outside and into the garden, highlighting the passion and wisdom of featured speakers. This year's series will explore ways of being conscious stewards in the garden and uplift work being done locally to increase inclusion and access to growing food. Sessions will be under one hour, including time for questions from the audience.

Supporting Farmer Adoption and Data Tracking

Big River Farms and AgSquared have partnered to create a series of new app-based record-keeping tools to help farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and other beginning growers keep the records needed for organic certification and to better understand their farm businesses.

This project is funded by a Conservation Innovation Grant from NRCS, and specifically aims to help farmers make records more useful, regardless of language spoken or whether or not they have reliable computer access. The project also aims to provide a new tool for incubator farms and other farmer service providers to teach effective record-keeping and to more easily communicate with farmers regarding records kept, pest and disease monitoring and control, and other data.

Live Q&A with Executive Producers of Al Alcance de la Mano

In collaboration with the Michigan Theater, SFSI is hosting a live Q&A with the Executive Producers of Al Alcance de la Mano on March 5, 2021 at 5 PM EST. This film details the work of two University of Michigan alumni, Dr. Helda Morales and Dr. Bruce Ferguson, who teach agroecological concepts through their work with school gardens in Chiapas, Mexico. Their work values both academic school knowledge and community local knowledge to bring together food, science, learning, and community.

A Property Owner's Guide to Understanding Michigan Property Taxes

Participants will learn the meaning of Tax Day and how property is valued by your local assessor. Participants will also learn the five different values for each property and the purposes of each as well as how local mileages are determined.

Can You Explain Your Tax Bill?

Participants will learn the meaning of Tax Day and how property is valued by your local assessor. Participants will also learn the five different values for each property and the purposes of each as well as how local mileages are determined.

Do You Think Your Property Value is Too High?

Participants will learn the purpose of their local Board of Review and how it works. Participants will also learn the components of what makes for a good appeal to the Board of Review and the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

Soil Health Innovations Conference

The Soil Health Innovations Conference will bring together producers, industry professionals, educators, and students who are at the cutting edge of soil health across the country, including on-farm practices, soil biology, carbon markets, and public policy. Join us for a far-reaching exploration of agriculture’s sustainable future.

Loan Preparation for New and Beginning Farmers

This series will prepare new and beginning farmers with the tools needed to approach a lender. Join the Michigan Good Food Fund, MSU Product Center, and MSU Extension as we kickoff the series on December 7 plus three-monthly sessions will spotlight representatives from each of the three popular lenders for farmers: GreenStone Farm Credit Services, the USDA Farm Service Agency, and Northern Initiatives, a Michigan Good Food Fund financial partner.

The Agroecological City: Sovereignty, Resilience, & the Future of Food

Welcome to the 2021 Agroecological City event! Come join urban farmers, food and farming justice advocates, policy makers, educators, community organizers, and engaged citizens to share strategies for strengthening our urban food and farming systems.

Weed Control—Effective Options for Tough Weeds at Different Price Points

Growers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in a series of six online programs addressing field crop production and pest management on Monday evenings February 15 through March 22, 2021. Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean and small grain production systems in the coming season and have an opportunity to ask questions of university agricultural experts. The theme for this year's series is Management Decisions that Pay., and each session will focus on the economics of various crop, pest and marketing management strategies.

Soil Health Innovations Conference

The Soil Health Innovations Conference will bring together producers, industry professionals, educators, and students who are at the cutting edge of soil health across the country, including on-farm practices, soil biology, carbon markets, and public policy. Join us for a far-reaching exploration of agriculture’s sustainable future.

What’s Next? Chartering a Path Forward for Food Security for Our Community

The Food Security Summit is a six-part virtual series aiming to create space for people to learn about needs and resources and explore a shared understanding and a common vision to address regional food insecurity and hunger in the greater Grand Traverse region. It strives to create additional public awareness through sharing data and stories of care, resiliency, and change, and to highlight a whole-community issue that is rapidly increasing in severity with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food Security Summit

The Food Security Summit is a six-part virtual series aiming to create space for people to learn about needs and resources and explore a shared understanding and a common vision to address regional food insecurity and hunger in the greater Grand Traverse region. It strives to create additional public awareness through sharing data and stories of care, resiliency, and change, and to highlight a whole-community issue that is rapidly increasing in severity with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Agroecological City: Sovereignty, Resilience, & the Future of Food

Welcome to the 2021 Agroecological City event! Come join urban farmers, food and farming justice advocates, policy makers, educators, community organizers, and engaged citizens to share strategies for strengthening our urban food and farming systems.

The Agroecological City: Sovereignty, Resilience, & the Future of Food

Welcome to the 2021 Agroecological City event! Come join urban farmers, food and farming justice advocates, policy makers, educators, community organizers, and engaged citizens to share strategies for strengthening our urban food and farming systems.

Choosing transplant media for healthy vegetables

The Vegetable Beet is a weekly live web series (think webinar but less formal and without the slides) where we'll discuss a new topic each week relevant to growers. The show will play live at 11:30 central time, and growers can join in to ask questions. Each show will be recorded as a podcast for later listening.

Does Distillers Grain Still Price into your Feedlot Ration?

Speaker: Dr. Jerad Jaborek

The Agroecological City: Sovereignty, Resilience, & the Future of Food

Welcome to the 2021 Agroecological City event! Come join urban farmers, food and farming justice advocates, policy makers, educators, community organizers, and engaged citizens to share strategies for strengthening our urban food and farming systems.

Hygienic Design for Produce Farms Workshop

This two and a half hour program is designed for small and beginning farmers. It focuses on a variety of topics related to post harvest sanitation. There will be hands on demonstrations, and lots of practical information shared from On Farm Food Safety experts from all around Michigan

Citizen Planner Macomb County 2021

Local officials have a responsibility to help their communities manage the impacts of economic change and be part of the solutions to challenges their communities face. Local communities that proactively plan to succeed in the New Economy can improve their quality of life and overall sustainability. The Citizen Planner Program empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead.

Understanding Insects in the Garden

Cabin Fever Conversations is back! This FREE series aims to help connect you to your garden and fellow gardeners, even when we are stuck inside. Each week will feature a conversation to help get your mind outside and into the garden, highlighting the passion and wisdom of featured speakers. This year's series will explore ways of being conscious stewards in the garden and uplift work being done locally to increase inclusion and access to growing food. Sessions will be under one hour, including time for questions from the audience.

Virtual Armed to Farm:
Sustainable Agriculture Training for Military Veterans

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is offering a virtual version of its popular sustainable agriculture training program for military veterans, Armed to Farm. NCAT is moving the training online to make it accessible during COVID-19 restrictions. Veterans who want to attend the Virtual Armed to Farm training, which will take place in six sessions during April and May, can apply online until March 12, 2021. Virtual Armed to Farm will cover topics essential to farm success, including business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, and USDA programs, as well as specific enterprise discussions. Virtual Armed to Farm will include an engaging blend of interactive online instruction and video farm tours via Zoom. Participants will be expected to be involved in virtual activities, complete assignments, and interact with other attendees. Virtual Armed to Farm topics will be applicable to all U.S. beginning farmers, regardless of location. Military veterans interested in farming are encouraged to apply.

MSU Tollgate Farm Home Gardening Series: Seed-Starting for Everyone

Are you interested in starting a vegetable garden for the first time or are you an experienced veggie gardener looking to explore new ideas? All levels of experience are welcome at this new series designed to encourage and support home vegetable gardeners!