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We’re partnering up with our friends at Edible WOW magazine and James Beard award winning chef Alex Young of Zingerman’s Roadhouse for a very special Sundayafternoon dinner. Alex Young founded Zingerman’s Roadhouse as chef and managing partner. Serving really good American food, Alex is a 5-time James Beard nominated Best Chef in the Great Lakes Region, winning the title in 2011. The same year Roadhouse Macaroni and Cheese was named the Best Comfort Food in America by Alton Brown’s Food Network show “Best of.” In 2009, the Roadhouse was given the honor of being named one of the “Top 10 New Barbecue Restaurants” by Bon Appetit magazine. Alex’s passion for local agriculture and farming steered him to founding and opening Cornman Farms, what is now a 42 acre farm in Dexter, MI, eight miles from the Roadhouse. Growing more then 70 varieties of vegetables and caring for over 150 animals, Alex has made the farm-to-table dining experience come to life in Southeast Michigan. Educating the staff, the patrons, the community and local students on the importance of farming and knowing where food comes from earned Alex the honor of being one of twelve top chefs from around the country named a James Beard food activist. This dinner will benefit FSEP – Food System Economic Partnership. FSEP was established in 2005 to identify economic development opportunities and implement creative solutions to chronic issues relevant to the food system in southeast Michigan. The strength of FSEP comes from the combined effort of farm organization leaders, food industry heads, community groups, food system and economic development experts, and resource providers. The afternoon starts with wine tasting, Tapenade Canapés, andCheeses & Crostini
Dinner menu:Bread & ButterRadish Sprout and Asparagus Salad with Flax Seed VinaigretteVignolesBronzed Walleye w/ Bald Mountain Mushroom-Farro Berry Risotto and a Ramp PestoSur Lie ChardonnaySweet Cream Biscuits with Blueberries and CreamMood IndigoCoffee
$65 per person, includes starters, dinner, wine pairings, and donation to FSEP. Anyone attending the event will receive a special 20% discount on your wine purchase that day. The folks from Edible WOW will be on hand with lots of fabulous gift baskets that will be given away throughout the afternoon. Reservations available by calling 517.764.0679. Limited seating available.
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In this issue
|Upcoming eOrganic Farming and Research Webinars|
|Feb 25, 2014 and Feb 27, 2014||2 Part Webinar Series on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Quality in Long-term Integrated and Transitional Reduced Tillage Organic Systems||Ann-Marie Fortuna, North Dakota State University, Craig Cogger and Doug Collins, Washington State University Puyallup|
|March 4, 2014||Using Contans (Coniothyrium minitans) for White Mold Management on Organic Farms Webinar||Alex Stone, Oregon State University|
|March 13, 2014||Organic Blackberry Production Webinar||Bernadine Strik, Luis Valenzuela, Oregon State; David Bryla, USDA-ARS Corvallis, O|
|March 25, 2014||Breeding efforts and cover
crop choices for improved organic dry bean production systems in Michigan
|Erin Hill and Jim Heinig, Michigan State University|
Recordings of all eOrganic webinars and live conference broadcasts are available in our archive at http://www.extension.org/organic_production, and on the eOrganic YouTube channel. If you missed our live broadcast of selected presentations of the Organic Seed Growers Conference, you can find them on our YouTube channel as a playlist
Other organizations offering webinars on organic farming and research include the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which is holding an organic farming webinar series in partnership with Oregon Tilth. Also, the Organic Thinking group, a multi-institutional weed management research project led by Douglas Doohan of Ohio State University has organized a series of webinars on organic weed management. Find out more about these programs and register at the links below:
Who Needs to Be Certified Organic
The NOP has released a new instruction on who needs to be certified organic to remind certifiers that organic agricultural products must be produced and handled exclusively at certified organic farms and handling operations to ensure organic integrity throughout the product’s lifecycle. The new instruction can be found here: NOP 409: Who needs to be certified and Questions and Answers
Apply for Improved Crop Insurance by March 15
Federal crop insurance provides the risk management tools necessary for American farmers to protect themselves against unexpected difficult years. To better support the growing organic agriculture sector, USDA’s Risk Management Agency has taken steps to offer more options for organic producers under the Federal crop insurance program for the 2014 crop year:
Deadline for Most Programs is March 15, 2014. The sales closing date is the last day to buy a new policy or change an existing policy’s coverage level. For most crops, the sales closing date is March 15, 2014. View Deadlines in Your State
Subscribe to the NOP Organic Insider to stay current on NOP news and activities. To find out more about the NOP, go to the NOP Homepage, the Organic Literacy Initiative, and the Organic Agriculture Web Resource Center on the USDA website.
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The ¼ Acre Incubator Program encourages beginning farmers with access to land, educational opportunities, production assistance, and marketing help while they start their own farm enterprises on a limited acreage. Tilian provides the opportunity for beginning farmers to take their dreams and make them realities. The smaller program provides start-up experience to new farmers, and after demonstrated proficiency, farmers may successfully apply to the larger farm incubator program.
What Tilian Provides
What the Farmers Provide
Nuts and Bolts
The beginning farmers in the ¼ acre program will receive compost and fertilizer, cold storage, and potential access to 720 sf of hoophouse space. Tilian will provide all necessary tractor work including tilling, and mowing. ¼ acre incubators will have access to a walk behind tiller for their purposes @ $10 an hour. Educational opportunities include twice monthly workshops, access to the program manager for mentoring and problem solving.
How to Get Started
If you are interested in joining the Tilian Farm as a farmer for the 2014 season, please fill out an application. Also, download and review the program manual for more detailed information about the program.
The program encourages beginning farmers with access to land, educational opportunities, production training, and marketing possibilities. Tilian provides the opportunity for beginning farmers to take their dreams and make them a reality.
What Tilian Provides
How it Works
What the Farmers Provide
How to Get Started
If you are interested in joining the Tilian Farm as a farmer for the 2014 season, please fill out an application. Also, download and review the program manual for more detailed information about the program. Please submit an application.
Feel free to contact our program manager with any questions.
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) announces the release of The Michigan Farm Succession Study: Findings and Implications, produced by Steven Miller, with the Center for Economic Analysis at MSU, and Susan Cocciarelli, of CRFS. The first of its kind in Michigan, this report details findings about Michigan farm operations and farmers’ retirement and succession plans. With over 750 Michigan farmers responding to the 2011 survey, the report provides information useful to those working to maintain farming livelihoods and Michigan’s prominent role in the country’s food production. It also confirms a sense of urgency to answering the question of who will farm in Michigan in the coming years. The report is available here.
On a related note, FSEP distributed, collected and aggregated this survey to Michigan farmers. Check it out!
There is a chill in the air. Pumpkins are peering out from under wide heirloom cucurbit leaves and there is a new-found hum of quiet in the fields.
Seeley Farm has stretched plastic over a quick hoop house in the middle of their plot, transitioning from the shade cloth that kept lettuces alive in the summer heat. Change is the season, and along with reds and greens accenting the treeline along Warren Road, so are two farms who will be moving from 4400 Pontiac Trail to soil they are enriching across the road behind Tilian. Mark & Alex of Seeley Farm are covering fields on the acres they leasing with crops that will nourish the soil when tilled under come Spring.
Green Things farmers, Nathan & Jillian Lada are stretching their fingers into the soil of two farms as well, building storage and gaining access to water and electricity at their farm’s new home at the corner of Warren and Nixon Roads, while still growing Fall favorites for CSA members at Tilian. This is the busiest they have ever been as farmers: building their dream farm and maintaining their accounts and relationships established in their first growing season.
Deepening his roots as the call of Winter whistles through the frosty mornings, Bill Bass of Honest Eats Farm is expanding his volunteer base and increasing opportunity for a beautifully successful second season. He is preparing a 30′ x 144′ hoop house, built in the Spring, to fill with winter greens, primarily Spinach, and doling out the last of his hearty 2-handful red-yellow-orange patterned tomatoes.
Tilian’s Residency Farm’s expanse holds the attention of the onlooker as does the natural beauty of our favorite Pickerel Lake or the calm of the Leslie Park woods down the road. Brick-red okra edged with lime and olive, brassica leaves standing tall and reaching out to capture the shortened days’ sun reflect the dedication of the farmers crouching in the rows weeding, and harvesting, who from a distance are like flowers themselves, blessing the future food with tender care and love. The CSA distribution fills the barn on Thursday evenings, and children help their parents by selecting a favorite sweet red pepper and recalling the warming of the chamomile tea made from the fresh white petaled flowers the week before.
On Sunday, October 7, from 1-4PM, at our Fall Open House, you can witness the serenity of summer fruits to the brisk call of cool that brings forth sweet kales and scrumptious squashes. You can walk the rows of the flowering farmer, and peak in the houses stretched with plastic and warming winter opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there!
Bring a few dollars, we hope to have some produce for sale, so you can make your memories last through suppertime, if not longer:)
Bending Sickle Community Farm, settling in Stockbridge, MI continues to serve the Ann Arbor Community. Be sure to “Like” them on Facebook, and sign up for a winter share (which begins in January 2013), at bendingsicklecommunityfarm.com