We invite you to join us for a one-day in-depth learning session designed to provide an enlightening experience with immediate impact for your investment. Organic Intensives are an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information from experts and practitioners over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners. At the end of the day, we will gather for a relaxing social hour to share ideas and stories. Our first-ever event of this kind offers an intensive foray into one of three topics: Compost, Cut Flowers, or Edible Landscaping.
Compost, Vermicompost, and Compost Extracts and Teas: Compost is at the foundation and cutting edge of soil health. Presenters Dane Terrill, John Biernbaum, Brooke Comer and Donny Comer will provide a mix of on-farm and research experience and recent developments that are sure to increase the quality and productivity of your transplants and crops.
Cut Flowers for Profit and Diversification: Flowers contribute wonderfully to the ecological and economic diversity of the farm. Lynn Byczynski, author of The Flower Farmer and editor of Growing For Market, along with Michigan flower farmers Pooh Stevenson of Owosso Organics and Jen Tutlis of Meadowlark Farm, will discuss all aspects of flower production. A unique opportunity to learn from truly experienced flower farmers.
Edible Landscaping and Permaculture Design: We can build the long-term resiliency of our local food supply by using limited space to provide a reliable harvest through the effective integration of perennial crops. Permaculture principles focus on soil, water, sunlight, ecology and efficiency. Join Mark Angelini, Trevor Newman, and Linda Jackson Torony to discuss foundational principles and practices as well as some front yard examples.
The event will take place at Brody Hall on the MSU campus in East Lansing as part of Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. The day begins with registration at 8:30 am and sessions end at 5:00 pm. That evening, we’ll gather to share knowledge and experiences in a social setting. Stick around for the Organic Reporting Session on Friday.
The registration fee includes six hours of learning, all-you-can-eat lunch, continental breakfast in the morning, printed materials, and a social gathering on the evening of March 12th. Rooms have been reserved at the Kellogg Center for the evenings of March 11th and 12th. To take advantage of the special discount rate for this event, you must reserve your room with the Kellogg Center at 800-875-5090 or kelloggcenter.com before Thursday, February 12th, and mention MOFFA when you call.
For more detailed information and to register, please visit www.moffa.net/OI-2015.html or give us a call at 248-262-6826. Class size is limited so register today to reserve your space, and to take advantage of the early reservation fee of $75 for MOFFA members and $85 for non-members. The fee will increase to $95 for everyone after February 28. A limited number of registration fee scholarships are available; see the website for more information.
Source: Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance