Michigan Family Farms Conference celebrates diversity in agriculture

Small- and medium-scale farmers come together for education and fellowship during the Feb. 9, 2019, conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Melvin Parson
Keynote and founder of We the People Growers Association, Melvin Parson, will discuss his efforts to support his community through farming.

The Michigan Family Farms Conference is celebrating 16 years of providing education, networking and professional development opportunities to small and medium scale farmers in Michigan. This year’s conference will be Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Texas Township campus, 6767 West O Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49003. The conference features a keynote address from farmer and We the People Growers Association founder Melvin Parson, who will be sharing his journey to agriculture and his efforts to create a socially and racially just food system in his community.

The conference will feature seven educational tracks on a wide variety of topics relevant to small- and medium-scale farmers including a special track sponsored by the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) where farmers and researchers will share their experiences and findings working on SARE-funded projects. Families are encouraged to attend the conference, and a special youth education session will be provided throughout the day with fun agriculturally focused activities for the kids.

As a key collaborator, Michigan State University Extension educators provide leadership through the conference planning process and expertise to support a diverse selection of educational content for conference attendees.

Register online or download the conference schedule and education session descriptions.

Discount tickets are available to military veterans in limited quantities. To inquire about a discounted ticket, contact Adam Ingrao, MSU Extension’s veterans’ liaison, at ingraoad@msu.edu or 517-355-3923.

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