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Together at the Farm: UP Local Food Conference

Saturday July 30th 
UP Research and Extension Center Chatham, MI

All who eat are welcome!

More information below or full event listing here




Keynote Speaker Eliot Coleman: learn more here
To register follow this link
View full conference schedule
View session descriptions
View sponsorship and vendor packet
Download and share the conference poster


For more information visit the UPFE event page 

Contact Betsy with sponsorship and registration questions at

or (517) 884-7081

Contact Michelle with conference questions at
or (906) 440-4732

Master Gardener Program in Escanaba

The Master Gardener Program welcomes anyone interested in learning about gardening, community service and working with other volunteers. No prior knowledge or experience in gardening is required. Join this exciting program by participating in the fall 2016 training session in the Escanaba area. Registration must be completed online any time before August 11, 2016 at this website.  Classes are held at Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba Thursdays 5:30 - 9:30 pm from August 25th through December 1st.  Cost (includes training manual, speakers & facilities) is $300.

Full program information available here.

Seasons of the UP

Munching Through the Eastern UP ...A family nutrition exploration

Join MSU Extension nutrition educators and local wild foods experts in this foraged foods adventure. Each location will have a different seasonal topic and food. Learn more here.

Saturdays from 10 am - noon
August 20- Newberry
September 24- St. Ignace
October 15- Sault Ste. Marie
November 19- Brimley

For more information contact Mackinac County MSUE office at (906) 643-7307 or (906) 586-6001 or by email at,

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

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.

Eastern Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

EUP Healthy Access and Food Hub Steering Committee

Third Wednesday of every month
July 20 at 9 am CLM Conservation District office
Contact Michelle Walk at or (906) 6368 or Heather Hemming at for more information.


Central Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

UPFE Policy Committee Meeting

First Tuesday of every month
Tuesday August 2, 9 am at Marquette Food Co-op
Contact Natasha Lantz at or (906) 225-0671 x 711 for more information.

Western Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

WUP Food Hub Steering Committee

Meetings are held at the Hancock Health Department, 540 Depot Street, behind McGanns Hardware.  Contact Ray Sharp at (906) 482-7382 x 163 for more information.


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