Join us at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center for the UPFE co-sponsored UP Local Food Conference. All who eat are welcome to attend! This includes UP citizens, farmers/growers, restaurants, schools, retail outlets, hospitals, economic developers, elected officials and community leaders.
Registration is now open and availablehere. Given the exciting keynote speaker, we expect registration to fill quickly. We would like as many UP residents as possible to attend. By subscribing to The Plowshare you've been offered early access to the live registration link above. For more information regarding registration, programming, schedules, and sponsors visit upfoodexchange.com/events/together-at-the-farm/.
The conference is hosted by the following organizations:
U.P. Food Exchange, MSU Extension, Marquette Food Co-op, Western UP Health Department, MAEAP.
ELIOT COLEMAN has been involved in organic farming since 1966. He has 50 years experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower (Chelsea Green, rev. 1995), Four Season Harvest (Chelsea Green, rev. 1999), and The Winter Harvest Handbook (Chelsea Green, 2009), which has been translated into both French and German editions. He is also co-author of The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook (Workman, 2012). With his wife Barbara Damrosch he owns and operatesFour Season Farm, a year-round market garden in Maine, where they produce exceptional food, study how to make their production practices more sustainable every year, and design scale-appropriate equipment to aid other small farmers in achieving greater efficiency. In 2016 Eliot received a lifetime Leadership Award from the James Beard Foundation.
Eliot will be available for book signing during the conference – if you would like to pre-order one of his books they are available from the UP’s very own independently owned Snowbound Books at www.snowboundbooks.com. Some copies will be for sale at the event, but it’s best to pre-order! Snowbound books will have a bookstore set up at the event.
The North Farm is hosting a series of MSU Extension short courses starting in April on topics designed for market gardeners, small farms, and skill-seekers interested in diversified vegetable production. These short courses are an in-depth exploration of farming fundamentals and best practices for diversified vegetable growers.
Each five-hour learning session has an emphasis on hands-on activities so participants can practice what they learn, and includes the cost of materials for a project.
All workshops will be held on Sundays on-site starting at 1 pm EST and will include a combination of experiential and classroom-based learning. Short courses qualify for education hours through the MSU Extension Master Gardener program.
Registration is required for these events and can be accessed at here
Questions? Contact Abbey Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-439-5114.
Central Food Hub Upcoming Meetings
UPFE Policy Committee Meeting
First Tuesday of every month
July 5 at 9 am in the MFC Classroom
Third Wednesday of every month
June 22 at 9 am CLM Conservation District office
Contact Michelle Walk at email@example.com or (906) 6368 or Heather Hemming at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Western Food Hub Upcoming Meetings
WUP Food Hub Steering Committee
Meetings are held at the Health Department in Hancock, 540 Depot Street, behind McGanns Hardware in the blue building. Contact Ray Sharp at (906) 482-7382, Ext. 163 for more information.