Register Now for Together At The Farm - July 30th

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 available here.  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

The conference is hosted by the following organizations:
U.P. Food Exchange, MSU Extension, Marquette Food Co-op, Western UP Health Department, MAEAP.

Introducing Keynote Speaker: Eliot Coleman

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 operates Four 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 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.
Keynote Speaker Eliot Coleman.  Photo Credit: Lynn Karlin

Farming Far North: The North Farm to Host On-Farm Short Courses

Small Farm Systems – June 26 · 1-6 pm          
Whole Farm Health – August 28 · 1-6 pm
Seed Saving– October 9 · 1-6 pm
Extension short courses are scheduled at the North Farm to support Upper Peninsula citizens’ use of season extension technologies to produce food both for themselves and for the local markets.

The primary goal of The North Farm, a collaborative operation supported by Michigan State University Extension and Michigan State University AgBioResearch located in Chatham, Michigan, is to support the growth of new farmers producing nutrient-rich food for Upper Peninsula markets.
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 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
Contact Natasha Lantz at or (906) 225-0671 x 711 for more information.

Eastern Food Hub Upcoming Meetings
EUP Healthy Access and Food Hub Steering Committee

Third Wednesday of every month
June 22 at 9 am CLM Conservation District office
Contact Michelle Walk at or (906) 6368 or Heather Hemming at 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.
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