Michigan Family Farms Conference to include SARE Farmers Forum
The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program will feature project presentations during the Feb. 9, 2019, conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Michigan Family Farms Conference will feature seven educational tracks on a wide variety of topics relevant to small- and medium-scale farmers. At this year’s conference, the North Central Region (NCR) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is partnering with Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) to present a SARE Farmers Forum as one of these tracks. NCR-SARE offers competitive grants and educational opportunities for producers, scientists, educators, institutions, organizations and others exploring sustainable agriculture in America’s Midwest. The Farmers Forum will feature five of these projects, including:
- Do cover crops pay?
- Soil remediation techniques in urban agriculture
- Comparative on-farm study of root crop production
- Open source automated irrigation
- Insectary plants to enhance beneficial insects
The Farmers Forum track will conclude with a SARE grant writing session and panel discussion with SARE grant recipients.
In its 16th year, the Michigan Family Farms Conference will be held 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. 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.
The conference keynote address will be delivered by Melvin Parson, farmer and We the People Growers Association founder. Come and hear about his journey to agriculture and his efforts to create a socially and racially just food system in his community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-355-3923.