Skill Swap
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Skill Swap

Start your summer off learning some new skills, gathering with other curious folks and moonlight dancing in the beautiful Earthwork farmscape.

In partnership with Earthwork Farm and Human Nature School, we present a full day of hands-on workshops, followed by dinner and live music. Choose from 20 classes in the categories of Earth, Art, Tinkering, and the Real Home Ec — taught by the community for the community. 
 

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Artist After Hours: Veggie Sketch at Providence Farm
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Veggie Sketch at Providence Farm

Join Blackbird Arts and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology as we take to the road and head for Central Lake for an on-farm Artist After Hours.

This month we'll be at Providence Farm for a "veggie sketch" — an evening of drinks, conversation, and veggie drawing. Get inspired by the beauty of Providence Farm and have some fun drawing vegetable still-lifes picked from the garden that day. We'll provide some drawing materials, or you can bring your own. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP by email or visit our Facebook Page.

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Artist After Hours: Write-In at L. Mawby Vineyards
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Write-In at L. Mawby Vineyards

Join Blackbird Arts and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology as we celebrate summer and writers.

This month we'll be at L. Mawby Vineyards for a Write-in. Partake in an evening of bubbles, conversation, and writing. We'll provide the space with some eats and drinks, you provide any current pieces you’d like to work on amongst the vineyard scape. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow writers.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP by email or visit our Facebook Page.

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Field School - Summer
Jul
21
8:30 AM08:30

Field School - Summer

Hands-on, full-day, on-farm conferences are coming this year. In addition to workshops with expert teachers, Crosshatch Field Schools will include one-on-one consulting with farm experts, a local food lunch, and a post-workshop social networking hour. Registration is open!

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Field School - Fall
Sep
22
8:30 AM08:30

Field School - Fall

Hands-on, full-day, on-farm conferences are coming this year. In addition to workshops with expert teachers, Crosshatch Field Schools will include one-on-one consulting with farm experts, a local food lunch, and a post-workshop social networking hour. Specific workshop topics to be announced soon. Registration will open in June.

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Artist After Hours: Glenn Wolff Studio Tour
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Glenn Wolff Studio Tour

Join Blackbird Arts and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology as we tour the studio of Glenn Wolff, local and nationally recognized artist.

This month Artist After Hours attendees will get a fortuitous glimpse into the studio and works of Glenn Wolff. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artist with eats, drinks, and conversation.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP by email or at our Facebook Page.

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Field School - Spring
May
5
8:30 AM08:30

Field School - Spring

Hands-on, full-day, on-farm conferences are coming this year. In addition to workshops with expert teachers, Crosshatch Field Schools will include one-on-one consulting with farm experts, a local food lunch, and a post-workshop social networking hour.

Field School Spring features these three tracks: mushroom production with Bernie Ware, beekeeping with Charlotte Hubbard and fruit production with Trevor Newman. 

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Oryana+Ignite Series: Bees
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Oryana+Ignite Series: Bees

Ignite your passion for the artistry of beekeeping. Join a local expert from Crosshatch's Bee Guild for a free demonstration and learn how to start on your path to beekeeping and how to foster the local pollinator population. If you're so inspired, Guild members can answer questions about their group and will be offering free sign-ups. This event is free, but pre-registration is preferred.

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Artist After Hours: Life Drawing at The Little Fleet
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Life Drawing at The Little Fleet

Join Blackbird Arts and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology as we plant ourselves at The Little Fleet from some spring tonic.

This month we’ve partnered with a local illustrator to organize a life drawing night at The Little Fleet! We’ll provide the materials and models, you bring some friends and some beer money. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP by email or visit our facebook page.

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Artist After Hours: Film Short & Olives and Wine
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Film Short & Olives and Wine

Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for Artist After Hours—a social event for artists of all genres: writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers.

This month Artist After Hours sets their sights on film — at the STATE THEATRE! We are very excited to partner with this Traverse City icon for a collection of short films called “The Power of Nature” series from Stone Hut Studios and Heart of the Lakes about individuals whose lives have been deeply affected by living near The Great Lakes. We will walk to Olives and Wine for some unscheduled time to network with fellow artists.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP by email or on our Facebook page.

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Artist After Hours: Art Experiments
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Art Experiments

Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for Artist After Hours—a social event for artists of all genres: writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers.

This month we invite you out to an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation around art of all kinds. At this AAH we will have multiple stations set up at Blackbird Arts for artists to try out a new art form. Try out screenprinting, letterpress, copper enameling and the pottery wheel. Or just enjoy unstructured time to network with other local artists.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP.

 

ABOUT ARTIST AFTER HOURS:

Artist After Hours is a social event for artists of all genres — writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers. Artist After Hours supports the collaboration of artists and encourages mutual support within a peer-to-peer network. Get inspired, ask questions, meet your neighbors, and have some fun.

 

ABOUT BLACKBIRD ARTS:

Blackbird Arts is a creative force for inclusive arts education and community engagement through the arts.

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Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference and Farm School
Jan
26
to Jan 27

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference and Farm School

NMSFC

The Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference (NMSFC) promotes and builds a local vibrant agriculture community, equips the small farm community with the tools to be successful, and provides a forum for the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community. The conference routinely brings in more than 1,000 small farmers from across the state to gather, learn and network in Northern Michigan.

The 19th Annual NMSFC is bringing speakers and teachers from all over the country to provide more than 35 sessions on various food and farming topics. The conference features a two-day Trade Show that will be open to the public and Friday night festivities, including a Keynote Address by Richard Wiswall (author of the Organic Farmer's Business Handbook) and a social dance with a live band.

FARM SCHOOL

Now in its 3rd year, Farm School has become a vital part of the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference. Focusing on advanced education and in-depth learning, Farm School runs all day on the Friday of the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference. For those growers looking for intensive education, Farm School provides a full day of learning in three categories. 2018’s Farm School topics are:

  • Lean Farming: Production Methods for the Efficient Farm
  • Agroforestry: Designing Perennial Polycultures
  • Local Food Sales 2.0: Beyond the Farmer's Market:

Featuring regional and national experts such as Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens and Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm

 

Visit the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference website for more information, tickets, and FAQs. 

 

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Artist After Hours: Fiber Arts Knit-in
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Fiber Arts Knit-in

Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for Artist After Hours—a social event for artists of all genres: writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers.

This month Artist After Hours takes to the road and we arrive at Elvyn Lodge in Boyne City for an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation around the fiber arts. Bring a project you’re working on, enjoy the fire, and hunker down for some winter camaraderie with unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists or just working on your current piece.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP.

 

ABOUT ARTIST AFTER HOURS:

Artist After Hours is a social event for artists of all genres — writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers. Artist After Hours supports the collaboration of artists and encourages mutual support within a peer-to-peer network. Get inspired, ask questions, meet your neighbors, and have some fun.

 

ABOUT ELVYN LODGE:

Elvyn Lea Lodge (pronounced "Elvin Lee" ) occupies a unique niche in northern Michigan lodging. Its floor plan and size allow for exclusive use by a single group. The lodge and grounds provide an ideal setting for retreats, workshops, reunions, and other gatherings of families, friends, and colleagues. Rooms for individual travelers and smaller groups may also be available for convenient online booking.

 

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Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

Artist After Hours: Holiday Hoopla

Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for Artist After Hours—a social event for artists of all genres: writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers.

This month we invite you out to an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation around art of all kinds. Pick up some holiday gifts for your loved ones while supporting local makers. There will be art to purchase from the Blackbird Arts instructors, as well as plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

These event is free, but please RSVP.

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East Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours
Oct
25
5:00 PM17:00

East Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours

Fourth Wednesdays of the month, farmers and beginning farmers of the Small Farm Guild of East Bay informally meet in downtown Bellaire for lively conversation around farming. You’re bound to hear about how to resolve a pest issue, learn about a new source for equipment, or explore ways to team up with fellow farmers on orders, projects or shared work. Come on down!

This is a free event.

For more info, contact Jen. For more information on guilds, check out our guild page.

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Farmer to Chef Meet and Greet
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Farmer to Chef Meet and Greet

Join Crosshatch and Taste the Local Difference for a meet and greet with area chefs and farmers. Enjoy a Workshop Brewing Company beer while you make connections and network with fellow farmers and food industry professionals. Bring a business card and leave with new relationships our area's food & farming network. 

Are you a farmer, chef, food buyer, or distributor who would like to be included in this meet and greet? Please get in touch with Jen Harris at your earliest convenience!

 

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West Bay Herb Guild Meeting
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting

  • Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Herbalists and herb-enthusiasts get together monthly to discuss growing and utilizing herbs—medicinal, edible, and other. The only requirement for membership is a desire to learn about herbs. Come on down! 

This is a free event. 

For more info, contact Jen. For more information on guilds, check out our guild page.

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Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

A monthly meeting for Little Traverse Bay area beekeepers every third Thursday, led by Mike Banyai, Matt Lesky of Bees North of 45, and Brian Bates and Anne Morningstar of Bear Creek Organic Farm. No experience necessary, the only requirement to join is an interest in Beekeeping. Come on down!

This is a free event. 

For more info, contact Jen. For more information on guilds, check out our guild page.

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Artist After Hours at Farmer Foot Drums
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours at Farmer Foot Drums

Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for the return of Artist After Hours—a social event for artists of all genres: writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers.

This month, we head to Farmer Foot Drums to talk with Kate and Pete Farmer about their unique business and the beautiful, handmade instruments they create. Bring an instrument of your own, if you feel like it— we may bust into a jam if the mood is right. 

Whether you're a musician or not, we invite you out to this inspiring workshop for an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation around art of all kinds. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists. 

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP.

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Soup & Bread at The Little Fleet
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Soup & Bread at The Little Fleet

We're thrilled to be the beneficiary of the first Soup & Bread night of the season! Join us for delicious soup from area chefs and restaurants, along with bread from the new and wonderful Common Good Bakery — and of course a tasty beverage from The Little Fleet. See you there!

Cost: Suggested Donations to benefit Crosshatch

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Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours

First Thursdays of the month, farmers and beginner farmers of the Small Farm Guild of Little Traverse Bay informally meet in downtown Petoskey at Beards Brewery. The conversation is always lively and you're bound to hear about how to resolve a pest issue, learn about a new source for equipment, or explore ways to team up with fellow farmers on orders, projects or shared work. Come on down!

This is a free event. 

For more info, contact Jen. For more information on guilds, check out our guild page

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Crosshatch Volunteer Collective
Oct
2
5:00 PM17:00

Crosshatch Volunteer Collective

Each month Crosshatch invites volunteers—new and established—to join us for a couple hours at various locations throughout Northern Michigan.

The Crosshatch Volunteer Collective works together on all sorts of projects ranging from hands-on group work (like planting trees or organizing equipment) to administrative tasks (like data entry or stuffing envelopes). The collective is a great way to meet new friends and lend a hand for a couple hours. We appreciate your help!

The collective will meet on the first Mondays of the month from 5-7pm. Keep an eye on our events page for updated times and location or feel free to contact Jen Harris with any questions.

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Crosshatch Beekeepers Guild at Old Time Harvest Day in the Garden
Oct
1
12:00 PM12:00

Crosshatch Beekeepers Guild at Old Time Harvest Day in the Garden

  • Botanic Garden at the Historic Barns Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come by and say hi to Crosshatch at the Old Time Harvest Day in the Garden! Members from the Crosshatch Beekeepers Guild will be on-site with beekeeping equipment, information, and a very special honey tasting. Stop by and learn about supporting local pollinators and the importance of beekeeping - and taste some honey while you're at it!

More information here.

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Apple Tasting at Bellaire's Harvest Festival
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Apple Tasting at Bellaire's Harvest Festival

Stop by and see Crosshatch and our Preservation Station at the 18th Annual Bellaire Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 30th from 10am-4pm.

We'll have a variety of unique and tasty apples to try, and will be sharing information about our upcoming season of food & farming education. Come by and say hi!

More information on the day's events can be found here.

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East Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours
Sep
27
5:00 PM17:00

East Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours

Fourth Wednesdays of the month, farmers and beginning farmers of the Small Farm Guild of East Bay informally meet for lively conversation around farming. You’re bound to hear about how to resolve a pest issue, learn about a new source for equipment, or explore ways to team up with fellow farmers on orders, projects or shared work.

September's meeting will be held at Grass Lake Organics with Joanna Thornton and Lucas Hamilton. Everyone is welcome — come on down!
 

For more info, contact Jen. For more information on guilds, check out our guild page.

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Twilight Tours: Misty Acres
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tours: Misty Acres

Misty Acres Farm is located on a nature preserve owned and managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. The farm has about 35 head of cattle including cows, calves, and yearlings. Cattle are grass fed and rotationally grazed on 55 acres through the growing season and fed baled forage during the winter months. Join us for a pasture walk and learn about production and marketing of grass finished beef, soil fertility improvement methods, warm season grasses, silvopasture, extending the growing season with animals.

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

Get a snapshot of a farm other than your own. This is an opportunity for area small farmers and wanna-be-farmers to learn from one another’s practices through a series of tours and farmer-led workshops. This year’s season will focus on “tools in action” — with a loose definition of the word tools. Animals as tools, water as a tool, hands as tools; come out and learn about innovations on the farms in your community.  

Twilight Tours begin at dusk, around 6pm. Pre-registration requested, but not required. You can find all the Twilight Tours on the Crosshatch Events page. For more information, or to RSVP call (231) 622-5252 or email Jen Harris.

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Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

A monthly meeting for Little Traverse Bay area beekeepers every third Thursday, led by Mike Banyai, Matt Lesky of Bees North of 45, and Brian Bates and Anne Morningstar of Bear Creek Organic Farm. No experience necessary, the only requirement to join is an interest in Beekeeping. Come on down!

This is a free event. 

Note: This is the last meeting at Bear Creek Organic Farm. Starting in October, the LTB beekeepers will meet at the Bear Creek Township Hall. See you there!

For more info, contact Jen. For more information on guilds, check out our guild page.

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Twilight Tours: The Farm at Historic Barns Park
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tours: The Farm at Historic Barns Park

Traverse City nonprofit SEEDS operates the Farm at Historic Barns Park, providing real-world training and hands-on lessons in organic growing and carbon-conscious farming to local young adults. This year’s farming efforts are led by farmer-in-residence, Brenin Wertz-Roth. Join us for a conversation about preserving genetic diversity in food crops, the benefits of locally saved and sourced seed, and some techniques for seed saving at this beautiful farm, nestled at the edge of the Grand Traverse Commons.

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

Get a snapshot of a farm other than your own. This is an opportunity for area small farmers and wanna-be-farmers to learn from one another’s practices through a series of tours and farmer-led workshops. This year’s season will focus on “tools in action” — with a loose definition of the word tools. Animals as tools, water as a tool, hands as tools; come out and learn about innovations on the farms in your community.  

Twilight Tours begin at dusk, around 6pm. Pre-registration requested, but not required. You can find all the Twilight Tours on the Crosshatch Events page. For more information, or to RSVP call (231) 622-5252 or email Jen Harris.

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Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours

First Thursdays of the month, farmers and beginner farmers of the Small Farm Guild of Little Traverse Bay informally meet in downtown Petoskey at Beards Brewery. The conversation is always lively and you're bound to hear about how to resolve a pest issue, learn about a new source for equipment, or explore ways to team up with fellow farmers on orders, projects or shared work. Come on down!

This is a free event. 

For more info, contact Jen. For more information on guilds, check out our guild page

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Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops
Aug
26
9:00 AM09:00

Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops

Are you interested in growing nuts? Join us for a morning class with Bill Nash of Nash Nurseries and Dr. Dennis Fulbright to talk nut crops. This course will feature a good mixture of lecture, hands on work, and sampling interesting nut varieties. We'll begin with the history of nut crops in Northern Michigan and go through different types of walnuts, hazelnuts, heart-nuts, butternuts, pecans, hickory nuts and chestnuts*. From specific soil PH and fertilization, insect control and various diseases, rootstock and cultivars, to grafting and propagation, this workshop offers something for everyone!

*Did you know that Michigan is the number one producer of chestnuts in the United States? There’s good reason why: Chestnuts are a perennial crop, more shelf-stable than most fruits and quicker to produce than most nuts, plus they taste amazing. Interested in learning more about growing nut crops and chestnut trees? Join us!

Questions? Contact Jen

Cost: $30 // Tickets here

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Bellaire Community Hall — Reception & Tour
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Bellaire Community Hall — Reception & Tour

  • 202 North Bridge Street Bellaire, MI, 49615 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Behind the walls of the Village of Bellaire offices lies a secret—the bones of an old community hall. 

Built with WPA funds and dedicated in 1937, the historic Bellaire Community Hall saw many uses, like community plays, high school graduations, dances, basketball, and roller skating. The stage opened up to a grand dance floor; in the back was a balcony that looked down over the expanse of wood flooring and onto the stage.

But some time ago, partition walls were installed to make room for office and meeting space for the Village of Bellaire and Kearny Township. Since then, Kearny has built its own hall, leaving most of the space empty. 

On Thursday, August 24 from 6 to 9pm, the Village of Bellaire, the Bellaire Downtown Development Authority and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology are inviting the community for a behind-the-walls look at the hall. Tour the stage and balcony while enjoying beer from Short’s Brewing Company and locally-made sweets.

For more information, contact Mark Irwin at mark.bellairedda@gmail.com or (231) 533-6161.

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East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
Aug
23
5:00 PM17:00

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

Fourth Wednesdays of the month, farmers and wanna-be farmers of the Small Farm Guild of East Bay informally meet in downtown Bellaire for lively conversation around farming. You’re bound to hear about how to resolve a pest issue, learn about a new source for equipment, or explore ways to team up with fellow farmers on orders, projects or shared work. Come on down!

This is a free event.

For more info, contact Jen. For more information on guilds, check out our guild page.

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Twilight Tours: RealEyes Homestead
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tours: RealEyes Homestead

RealEyes Homesteads main focus is on Permaculture which teaches how to use plant and animal systems as tools. For example, Levi and Brenda use their livestock (hogs and poultry) to restore their pastures. When they first arrived, the land was quite degraded, with exposed sandy soils, 0.0% organic matter (OM) and very low nutrient and mineral content. It was also overrun with the invasive spotted knapweed. Through rotational grazing of their pigs and broadcasting cover crops over the last 5 years, they are successfully displacing the knapweed, increasing plant cover, diversity, and soil OM, and will soon be able to support grazers like Cattle on their renewed pastures. Enjoy a homestead tour and a conversation about this low cost, low maintenance farming system and more.

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

Get a snapshot of a farm other than your own. This is an opportunity for area small farmers and wanna-be-farmers to learn from one another’s practices through a series of tours and farmer-led workshops. This year’s season will focus on “tools in action” — with a loose definition of the word tools. Animals as tools, water as a tool, hands as tools; come out and learn about innovations on the farms in your community.  

Twilight Tours begin at dusk, around 6pm. Pre-registration requested, but not required. You can find all the Twilight Tours on the Crosshatch Events page. For more information, or to RSVP call (231) 622-5252 or email Jen Harris.

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