Department of Community Sustainability

Gardening in Michigan




  • Safety in Virtual Learning Environments

    Published on February 24, 2021

    In this short video, you will learn about best practices and policies around youth safety in virtual settings including social media, explore strategies to maintain youth safety when programming virtually, and resources that are helpful.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Soybean Production - Mike Staton

    Published on February 22, 2021

    In the second session on Feb. 22, MSU Extension soybean educator Mike Staton focuses on “Improving Soybean Production Income.” The average soybean price for the 2020-2021 marketing year is projected to be $11.15 per bushel. This is welcome news considering the average prices for the previous two years were below the breakeven price for most producers.

  • Reducing Land Application Incidents

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Reducing land application incidents – Leslie Johnson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

  • Preparing to Develop a Firm Enviromental Management Systems Plan

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Preparing to develop a Firm Environmental Management Systems plan - M. Charles Gould (MSU Extension)

  • Reducing Operator Error During Transportation

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Reducing operator error during transportation - Rachael Osterhaus and Kevin Erb (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • Conducting Employee Training

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Conducting employee training - Allen Bonthuis (Farming Lean)

  • Preparing for a Manure Application Equipment Inspection

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Preparing for a manure application equipment inspection - Craig Anderson (Michigan Farm Bureau)

  • Closing Remarks - Kris Wardin, MMPA Board of Directors

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Closing remarks - Kris Wardin (Dairy farmer and Michigan Milk Producers Association Board of Directors)

  • New Manure Application Technology

    Published on February 19, 2021

    New manure application technology - Glen Arnold (Ohio State University Extension)

  • Overview of the Certification Program

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Overview of the Michigan Manure Hauler Certification Program - Tess Van Gorder (Michigan Farm Bureau)

  • Tips on Dealing with the Public

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Tips on dealing with the public - Laura Campbell (Michigan Farm Bureau)

  • Compost and Biochar with Brooke Comer

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Brooke shares her wisdom and delight at using compost and biochar as soil amendments , and hopefully you’ll walk away with some ideas and inspiration to incorporate into your garden.

  • Seed Starting with Rebecca Krans

    Published on February 16, 2021

    Our first episode of Cabin Fever Conversations for 2021 featured MSU Extension's Rebecca Krans teaching us about seed starting.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Corn Production - Joe Lauer

    Published on February 15, 2021

    In the first session on Feb. 15, Joe Lauer, corn agronomy specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will focus on “Corn Yield Drivers and Profit Robbers in the Northern U.S. Corn Belt.” Profitable corn production is extremely important to Midwest U.S. agriculture. Farmers today face fluctuating prices and rising production costs. They must be well informed about new technologies to maximize yield and profitability.

  • MSU ARC/PLC Calculator: How to maximize your ARC-IC payment part 8

    Published on February 12, 2021

    Watch this video to learn how you can calculate different combinations of the farm bill programs for your various farms, in order to maximize your payments.

  • Indigenous Community Gardening as Community-Building with Grant Gliniecki

    Published on February 12, 2021

    Learn about the work Grant Gliniecki and the Giitigan Gardens team been doing in Lansing focused on Indigenous community gardening.

  • Wild Spartans: All About Honey Bees with with Ana Heck

    Published on February 9, 2021

    In this episode, we talk to an entomologist researching the pollinators of our world. Meet MSU apiculture researcher, Ana Heck, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there as she discusses “All About Honey Bees: Working with a Superorganism” as we discover what the buzz really is about bees!

  • Bug Bites! Session 4: Biopesticide integration: strategy and economic considerations

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Biopesticide integration: strategy and economics with JJ Klimp from Hidden Leaf Greenhouse in Kalamazoo, MI. Recorded live on Oct 27, 2020. JJ shares his approach to successfully integrating biopesticides into his biological control program - what he sprays, when he sprays, and why he sprays it. He includes examples of real spring floriculture crop cycles and provides cost analyses on his chosen management decisions.

  • Bug Bites! Session 1: Poinsettia IPM

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Session 1: Poinsettia IPM in Ontario with Dr. Sarah Jandricic from OMAFRA. Recorded live on October 6, 2020. Dr. Jandricic discusses best practices for managing the Silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), the most common and troublesome pest in commercial poinsettia production.

  • BugBites! Session 5: Effective fungus gnat and shore fly suppression with beneficial organisms

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Session 5: Effective fungus gnat and shore fly suppression with Saul Alba and Greg Bryant from Beneficial Insectary. Recorded live on November 2, 2020. Saul and Greg discuss the biology and behavior of fungus gnats & shore flies and the variety of beneficial organisms commonly used to control them. Monitoring techniques and application strategies are also discussed.