Farmer After Hours - East Bay
Feb
22
5:00 pm17:00

Farmer After Hours - East Bay

  • Short's

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!

Farmer After Hours is a free event, but please RSVP.

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

What in the World is Group GAP and FSMA, and Do I Qualify?
Feb
23
5:30 pm17:30

What in the World is Group GAP and FSMA, and Do I Qualify?

  • Pond Hill Farm

It's time to get up to speed! Who must comply? By when? What does this have to do with Post-Harvest Food Safety Training? How do hoophouses fit into the mix?

Food safety and good agricultural practices have steadily become a requirement to sell to wholesale outlets. Now many direct sale customers are requiring certain food safety standards be adopted. Phil Tocco, MSU Extension pre-harvest food safety educator and Michelle Walk, MSU Extension Educator, will touch on the key concepts of the voluntary model of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), including Group GAP, and discuss what farms with food sales of more than $25,000 must do to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a rule that is now final, and the earliest compliance dates for some farms begin one year after the effective date of the final rule, depending on scale and circumstance.

Phil will walk participants through a mock audit onsite at Pond Hill Farm. We will discuss the importance of implementing and communicating food safety practices even if you are not seeking certification.

A simple soup supper will be included. Get your tickets here. For more information, contact Jen at 231-622-5252.

Thanks to MSU Extension and to Grain Train Natural Foods Market for making this event possible. 

 

 

Event photo courtesy of Michelle Walk. 

Guild Mega Mixer
Feb
25
4:00 pm16:00

Guild Mega Mixer

  • The Grand Traverse Circuit

A Celebration of the Guilds!

Crosshatch instituted guilds over four years ago. What started as small, informal groups of people hanging out and discussing their hobbies, has turned into slightly larger, more organized groups of people pooling their resources to save money, swap skills, and make friends. Current guilds exist for beekeepers, small farmers, fruit & nut growers, mushroom growers, grain growers, fiber folks, herbalists, goat enthusiasts, and green builders.

Join us for a celebration of the guilds. We'll enjoy an evening of warming food and adult beverages — soup from Oryana Community Co-op (thank you Oryana!) — and rapid-fire presentations on models of other organized groups, what the guilds have done and where they're headed. This is a time to learn from other guilds and socialize with each other.

Bring a friend or two who might be interested in joining a guild!

This is a free event, but you must RSVP no later than Feb 21.

Carpool options may be available if you are coming from the Petoskey area - contact Jen for more information.

Herb Guild Meeting: WINTER MEDICINALS
Feb
27
6:00 pm18:00

Herb Guild Meeting: WINTER MEDICINALS

  • Munson Community Health Center

This month's theme is: WINTER MEDICINALS. Use local honey from beekeeping guild member Erin Shepley to make medicinals that keep you healthy over the cold/flu months of winter.

Led by: Erin Shepley
Bring: TBD

This meeting will also be a potluck - bring your own table settings and dish to pass! This is a FREE event, but please RSVP to make sure you get important information like the room number or any last minute changes.

If you have interest enough to commit to gathering regularly around the topic of herbs, let your voice be heard! Questions about the Herb Guild or guilds in general? Contact Jen at 231-622-5252 or Jen@Crosshatch.org. There are also rumblings of herb guilds starting in the Bellaire and Petoskey areas.

True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion
Feb
28
6:00 pm18:00

True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion

  • Grow Benzie

Can Northern Michigan support a full-loop textile system and become an economically viable industry that uses local sources? Can natural dyeplant growers, small farmers raising fiber from sheep, alpaca, yak, llama and goat, and small business owners, processors, and existing networks that support the different segments in the system sustain a full-loop textile system?  Through discussion can we find the gaps that are current impediments to achieving 100% locally made products? 

True Cost, the movie, is an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why there is an effort to move toward bringing textile manufacturing back to Northern Michigan. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Following the screening will be a panel discussion with people in the textile loop, such as textile designers, garment makers, community organizers, and others.

Learn more about the film here

This will be a potluck, please bring a dish to pass. This event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $3-$5. Please RSVP.

 

A collaboration of Interlochen College of Creative Arts, North Central Michigan College, Crosshatch Fiber Guilds, The Bay Theatre, Grow Benzie, Jordan River Arts Council, and The Old Art Building.

Perennial Fruits & Nuts for Your Farm and Homestead
Mar
2
5:30 pm17:30

Perennial Fruits & Nuts for Your Farm and Homestead

  • Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station

Trevor Newman, of ecological design firm Roots to Fruits, will share details and stories about common and uncommon fruit and nut crops adapted to Michigan. Learn about obscure old world garden crops like currants and gooseberries, as well as emerging commercial fruits and nuts like saskatoon, honeyberry, hazelnuts, chestnuts, and much more.

This class will give participants a dose of inspiration for making their land more fruitful; perfect for anyone interested in orcharding and out of the ordinary fruit and nut crops.

Get your tickets here!

Farmer After Hours (Little Traverse Bay)
Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

Farmer After Hours (Little Traverse Bay)

  • Beards Brewery

Join the Small Farm Guild an hour earlier, at 6:00, for the March meeting to give feedback and explore how the Ellsworth Farmers Exchange, a farmer-driven co-op, can help area farmers even more. Reps will be there 6-8pm, and we’ll hang out until 9pm

First Thursdays of the month, farmers and wanna-be 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!

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

Farmer After Hours is a free event, but please RSVP.

Fiber Guild Happy Hour
Mar
8
7:00 pm19:00

Fiber Guild Happy Hour

  • Boyne City Tap Room

A monthly gathering to talk about all things fiber, work on projects, and discuss innovative ways to strengthen the fiber community. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at Boyne City Tap Room. Join us, it's free!

For information about the guilds, check out our guilds page or contact Jen.

Artist After Hours
Mar
9
6:00 pm18:00

Artist After Hours

  • Blackbird Arts

Get out of the house for an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation. Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for another season of Artist After Hours, a social event for artists of all genres — writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers. Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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.

Artist After Hours will take place every second Thursday of the month from 6-8pm, December through June. See you there!
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What's the difference between Artist After Hours and the NW MI Arts Network? Both are great opportunities to network. Artist After Hours is specifically for professional and emerging artists; the NW MI Arts Network is a bigger umbrella, bringing together arts organizations, artists, planners, policy makers, critics, funders educators, gallerists, art businesses, community builders, and art lovers.

Grain Day
Mar
11
9:00 am09:00

Grain Day

  • Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College

The Michigan grain economy is about to boom. Want to be a part of it at this early stage? Join us for a day-long mini conference on all things grain. 

Meet the movers and shakers of the Michigan grain movement. This year, we welcome Andrea Hazzard of Hazzard Free Farm, Alisa Crawford of DeZwaan Mill, and Jonathan Scheel of Scheel Family Farm who will be speaking on targeted aspects of grain growing, processing and marketing. 

There will be two concurrent sessions happening, with two morning break-outs to choose from, and four more to choose from after lunch. Lunch will be locally-sourced and is included in your ticket price. Enjoy post-workshop networking at the Local Grains Cocktail Hour with a cash bar.

Sessions at Grain Day include:

  • How to Grow Grain on a Small Scale
  • On Farm Processing - Cleaning, Testing, and GIPSA
  • Miller, Broker or Coop - What to do with your Grains Once They're Grown
  • Traditional Milling - Opportunities and Values
  • Secondary Markets
  • And more, to be determined...

Get your tickets here!

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Crooked Tree Breadworks

 

 

Farmer After Hours: Protect the Farm
Mar
13
6:00 pm18:00

Farmer After Hours: Protect the Farm

  • The Workshop Brewing Company

Farmer + Farmer Community + Security = Peace of Mind

Maybe you're not worried about insurance at all but want to hang out and talk about the weather with other area growers and feel mutual support in what you do — that is Farmer After Hours! Maybe you are a small farmer that isn't quite sure what to do about protecting your farm and is just beginning to wrap your head around the idea, or you have started the process of planning ahead and have specific questions for a knowledgeable agent about how to protect your farm — that is the Whole Farm Revenue Protection workshop. This event is both! For gardeners, homesteaders, new farmers, experienced farmers, farm educators, and farm-related businesses in the West Bay area that want to network AND for small farmers with questions about farm protection.

Enjoy special deals for farmers our gracious hosts at The Workshop Brewing Company.

Free - but please RSVP.

This is a West Bay Small Farm Guild event with the support of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, and USDA-RMA.

Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP)
Join us for an overview of resources from WFRP by (a local insurance expert). WFRP provides a risk management safety net for all commodities on the farm under one insurance policy and is available in all counties nationwide. This insurance plan is tailored for any farm with up to $8.5 million in insured revenue, including farms with specialty or organic commodities (both crops and livestock), or those marketing to local, regional, farm-identity preserved, specialty, or direct markets. The deadline for this insurance is March 15 for this growing season and a local expert can answer your questions about this cycle or general questions for those who are just starting to think about insurance options.

Farmer After Hours
Farmer After Hours is a a Crosshatch Guild event for those that want to cross-pollinate with peers, and while they're at it, enjoy a brew. Use this time to swap seeds, talk about equipment, make bulk orders on supplies, animal feed, etc., ask questions about farm issues, talk about the weather, offer assistance to others that are just starting, organize skilled volunteers to get greenhouses up, match mentors with people who want to learn skills, or anything else that’s been on your farming mind.

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting & 7pm Class
Mar
16
6:00 pm18:00

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting & 7pm Class

  • North Central Michigan College

A monthly meeting for Petoskey area beekeepers every third Thursday, led by 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.

Meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month at NCMC, room 536 of the Student and Community Resource Center. Join us, it's free!

January through May, we'll have special classes around beekeeping starting at 7pm. So the 6-7pm time slot will be the same discussion time as always, and then from 7-8:30pm, we'll have a presenter teaching around a specific topic.

March Class: Making & Marketing Beekeeping Products

GT Bees—Planting for Bees & Building or Maintaining Resource
Mar
16
6:30 pm18:30

GT Bees—Planting for Bees & Building or Maintaining Resource

  • Brewery Terra Firma

A monthly meeting for Traverse City area beekeepers every third Thursday. No experience necessary, the only requirement to join is an interest in Beekeeping. We welcome all with an interest in Bees and Beekeeping. Most meetings take place at Brewery Terra Firma, unless otherwise specified. 

For more information, contact Beca at beca@gtbees.com or visit GTBees.com.

For information about the guilds, check out Crosshatch’s guild page or contact Jen.

*Is Traverse City too far away from you? There is a group that meets in Petoskey on third Thursdays as well! For more information, check out our events page

Farmer After Hours - East Bay
Mar
22
5:00 pm17:00

Farmer After Hours - East Bay

  • Short's

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!

Farmer After Hours is a free event, but please RSVP.

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

Fiber Guild Happy Hour
Apr
12
7:00 pm19:00

Fiber Guild Happy Hour

  • Boyne City Tap Room

A monthly gathering to talk about all things fiber, work on projects, and discuss innovative ways to strengthen the fiber community. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at Boyne City Tap Room. Join us, it's free!

For information about the guilds, check out our guilds page or contact Jen.

Artist After Hours
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

Artist After Hours

  • Blackbird Arts

Get out of the house for an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation. Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for another season of Artist After Hours, a social event for artists of all genres — writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers. Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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.

Artist After Hours will take place every second Thursday of the month from 6-8pm, December through June. See you there!
_____

What's the difference between Artist After Hours and the NW MI Arts Network? Both are great opportunities to network. Artist After Hours is specifically for professional and emerging artists; the NW MI Arts Network is a bigger umbrella, bringing together arts organizations, artists, planners, policy makers, critics, funders educators, gallerists, art businesses, community builders, and art lovers.

Hill House Showcase Concert at Kirkbride Hall
Apr
14
7:30 pm19:30

Hill House Showcase Concert at Kirkbride Hall

  • Kirkbride Hall

Join Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology and BlissFest Music Organization for a community concert series like no other. 

For seven years, artists from all over the world have been traveling to Northern Michigan in order to live and work at the Hill House Artist Residency. Fewer then 10% of applicants are selected. Now, we’ve selected three of the very best acts to perform, for two nights only.

Josh Davis Trio - our own local songwriting hero, soulful and folky and with a suitcase filled with his newest CD release. 

Three Thirds - what happens when a classical quartet discovers old-timey folk music? come see. (hint: it's magic.)  

Robinson & Rohe - finely crafted songs for deep listening. two brooklynites make music that michigan woodsy souls will love.

See all three acts at the beautiful and intimate Kirkbride Hall on Friday, April 14. Tickets are available here.

About the Hill House Artist Residency

The Hill House Artist Residency serves musicians, writers, performers, and visual artists. The residency grants time and space—two to four weeks in a log cabin near the Jordan River, stocked with locally sourced food—to support artists and the creation of new art. 

To learn more about the Hill House, check out our Artist Residency page

Thank You to Our Generous Funders and Partners:

The Erickson Family Fund at the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation

BlissFest Music Organization

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

 

Hill House Showcase Concert at Crooked Tree Arts Center
Apr
15
7:30 pm19:30

Hill House Showcase Concert at Crooked Tree Arts Center

  • Crooked Tree Arts Center

JOIN CROSSHATCH CENTER FOR ART & ECOLOGY AND BLISSFEST MUSIC ORGANIZATION FOR A COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES LIKE NO OTHER. 

For seven years, artists from all over the world have been traveling to Northern Michigan in order to live and work at the Hill House Artist Residency. Fewer then 10% of applicants are selected. Now, we’ve selected three of the very best acts to perform, for two nights only.

Josh Davis Trio - our own local songwriting hero, soulful and folky and with a suitcase filled with his newest CD release. 

Three Thirds - what happens when a classical quartet discovers old-timey folk music? come see. (hint: it's magic.)  

Robinson & Rohe - finely crafted songs for deep listening. two brooklynites make music that michigan woodsy souls will love.

See all three acts at the historic Crooked Tree Arts Center stage on Saturday, April 15. Tickets are available here.

About the Hill House Artist Residency

The Hill House Artist Residency serves musicians, writers, performers, and visual artists. The residency grants time and space—two to four weeks in a log cabin near the Jordan River, stocked with locally sourced food—to support artists and the creation of new art. 

To learn more about the Hill House, check out our Artist Residency page

Thank You to Our Generous Funders and Partners:

The Erickson Family Fund at the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation

BlissFest Music Organization

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion
Apr
19
6:30 pm18:30

True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion

  • North Central Michigan College, Library Conference Center

Can Northern Michigan support a full-loop textile system and become an economically viable industry that uses local sources? Can natural dyeplant growers, small farmers raising fiber from sheep, alpaca, yak, llama and goat, and small business owners, processors, and existing networks that support the different segments in the system sustain a full-loop textile system?  Through discussion can we find the gaps that are current impediments to achieving 100% locally made products? 

True Cost, the movie, is an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why there is an effort to move toward bringing textile manufacturing back to Northern Michigan. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Following the screening will be a panel discussion with people in the textile loop, such as textile designers, garment makers, community organizers, and others.

Learn more about the film here.  This event is free, but please RSVP.  

 

A collaboration of Interlochen College of Creative Arts, North Central Michigan College, Crosshatch Fiber Guilds, The Bay Theatre, Grow Benzie, Jordan River Arts Council, and The Old Art Building.

Farmer After Hours - East Bay
Apr
26
5:00 pm17:00

Farmer After Hours - East Bay

  • Short's

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!

Farmer After Hours is a free event, but please RSVP.

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

True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion
May
10
6:30 pm18:30

True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion

  • The Bay Theater

Can Northern Michigan support a full-loop textile system and become an economically viable industry that uses local sources? Can natural dyeplant growers, small farmers raising fiber from sheep, alpaca, yak, llama and goat, and small business owners, processors, and existing networks that support the different segments in the system sustain a full-loop textile system?  Through discussion can we find the gaps that are current impediments to achieving 100% locally made products? 

True Cost, the movie, is an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why there is an effort to move toward bringing textile manufacturing back to Northern Michigan. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Following the screening will be a panel discussion with people in the textile loop, such as textile designers, garment makers, community organizers, and others.

Learn more about the film here.  Suggested donation of $3-$5. Please RSVP.

 

A collaboration of Interlochen College of Creative Arts, North Central Michigan College, Crosshatch Fiber Guilds, The Bay Theatre, Grow Benzie, Jordan River Arts Council, and The Old Art Building.

Artist After Hours
May
11
6:00 pm18:00

Artist After Hours

  • Blackbird Arts

Get out of the house for an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation. Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for another season of Artist After Hours, a social event for artists of all genres — writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers. Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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.

Artist After Hours will take place every second Thursday of the month from 6-8pm, December through June. See you there!
_____

What's the difference between Artist After Hours and the NW MI Arts Network? Both are great opportunities to network. Artist After Hours is specifically for professional and emerging artists; the NW MI Arts Network is a bigger umbrella, bringing together arts organizations, artists, planners, policy makers, critics, funders educators, gallerists, art businesses, community builders, and art lovers.

Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair
May
20
May 21

Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair

  • Emmet County Fairgrounds

Celebrating natural fiber, farmers, processors, and skilled artisans in Michigan with vendors, workshops, demonstrations, and more! The Fiber Guild is still accepting vendor applications for their inaugural year, and will be announcing workshops soon.

Follow for updates: www.facebook.com/mittfiberfair
Contact: tipofthemittfiberfair@gmail.com

 

Artist After Hours
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

Artist After Hours

  • Blackbird Arts

Get out of the house for an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation. Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for another season of Artist After Hours, a social event for artists of all genres — writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers. Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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.

Artist After Hours will take place every second Thursday of the month from 6-8pm, December through June. See you there!
_____

What's the difference between Artist After Hours and the NW MI Arts Network? Both are great opportunities to network. Artist After Hours is specifically for professional and emerging artists; the NW MI Arts Network is a bigger umbrella, bringing together arts organizations, artists, planners, policy makers, critics, funders educators, gallerists, art businesses, community builders, and art lovers.


True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion
Feb
18
6:00 pm18:00

True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion

  • Jordan River Arts Council

Can Northern Michigan support a full-loop textile system and become an economically viable industry that uses local sources? Can natural dyeplant growers, small farmers raising fiber from sheep, alpaca, yak, llama and goat, and small business owners, processors, and existing networks that support the different segments in the system sustain a full-loop textile system?  Through discussion can we find the gaps that are current impediments to achieving 100% locally made products? 

True Cost, the movie, is an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why there is an effort to move toward bringing textile manufacturing back to Northern Michigan. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

There will be soup and salad available from JRAC. Following the screening will be a panel discussion with people in the textile loop, such as textile designers, garment makers, community organizers, and others.

Learn more about the film here.  This event is free, but donations are appreciated. Please RSVP.

 

A collaboration of Interlochen College of Creative Arts, North Central Michigan College, Crosshatch Fiber Guilds, The Bay Theatre, Grow Benzie, Jordan River Arts Council, and The Old Art Building.

GT Bees—Mead Making & Order Club Bees
Feb
16
6:30 pm18:30

GT Bees—Mead Making & Order Club Bees

  • Brewery Terra Firma

The Grand Traverse Area Bee Club is open and welcome to all! If you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper, or simply curious about bees, we would love to have you join us! Come check us out!

Meeting Topics: #1 Mead Making with Scott from St Ambrose Cellars  // #2 Crosshatch Presentation with Jen Schaap

ADDITIONAL ITEMS: For those of you purchasing bee packages this year with the club and would like to club to pick up the bees in the spring, please bring a copy of your bee purchase.

CONTACT INFO: Beca at beca@gtbees.com 


For information about the guilds, check out Crosshatch’s guild page or contact Jen.

*Is Traverse City too far away from you? There is a group that meets in Petoskey on third Thursdays as well! For more information, check out our events page

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting & 7pm Class
Feb
16
6:00 pm18:00

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting & 7pm Class

  • North Central Michigan College, Room 536 Student & Community Resource Center

A monthly meeting for Petoskey area beekeepers every third Thursday, led by 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.

Meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month at NCMC, room 536 of the Student and Community Resource Center. Join us, it's free!

January through May, we'll have special classes around beekeeping starting at 7pm. So the 6-7pm time slot will be the same discussion time as always, and then from 7-8:30pm, we'll have a presenter teaching around a specific topic.

February's Class: Advanced Beekeeping - Mite Management with Charlotte Hubbard

Beginning Beekeeping and Beyond
Feb
15
5:30 pm17:30

Beginning Beekeeping and Beyond

  • Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station

Nobody said beekeeping was easy, but it’s worth the work! You ready to jump in?

Charlotte Hubbard will teach this beginning beekeeping course. We’ll spend about the first hour reviewing what it takes – costs, equipment, time, location and other requirements for success. We’ll then review the process for getting going, including bee installation, critical early season checks, and key pointers for helping your new best (insect) friends, before wrapping up with Q & A. This crash course in beekeeping will leave you with a better understanding of how to get started.

Get tickets here

SPECIAL: Artists & Farmers After Hours
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

SPECIAL: Artists & Farmers After Hours

  • Blackbird Arts

Join us for this special edition of Artist After Hours—We're bringing farmers to the table as well!

Are you an artist interested in farming? Are you a farmer interested in art? Are you either an artist or a farmer interested in free beer? We want to get you together! Join us for our first ever combined Artist/Farmer After Hours at Blackbird Arts. Enjoy some free food & beverages as you cross-pollinate ideas about art, farming, food, and whatever else comes to mind. 

This is unscheduled time to network and get to know your neighbors. We’ll offer some conversation topic ideas, but it’s mostly time for whatever you want to discuss with your fellow artist and farming friends. With all these creative minds in the room, something good is bound to happen.
 

Fiber Guild Happy Hour
Feb
8
7:00 pm19:00

Fiber Guild Happy Hour

  • Boyne City Tap Room

A monthly gathering to talk about all things fiber, work on projects, and discuss innovative ways to strengthen the fiber community. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at Boyne City Tap Room. Join us, it's free!

For information about the guilds, check out our guilds page or contact Jen.

Farmer After Hours (Little Traverse Bay)
Feb
2
7:00 pm19:00

Farmer After Hours (Little Traverse Bay)

  • Beards Brewery

First Thursdays of the month, farmers and wanna-be 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!

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

Farmer After Hours is a free event, but please RSVP

Brad Kik speaking at Fullfillament
Jan
26
6:30 pm18:30

Brad Kik speaking at Fullfillament

  • The Workshop Brewing Company

Fulfillament is a storytelling event where five local community leaders and entrepreneurs will take the stage to tell their journey of how they found fulfillment through vocation- the inside story. Each storyteller will issue a challenge for the audience to do something to find fulfillment in their own lives. A $500 grant is awarded to an audience member with a good idea that needs some help to get it started. 

TICKETS: $9 online or $10 at the door
Doors at 6:30, 7PM event starts

Fulfillament is created and hosted by Chelsea Bay Dennis of The Conscious Entrepreneur and Shea Petaja, Shea Petaja, LSCC

STORYTELLERS
Troy DeShano, Artist, Strong Odors
Erin Anderson Whiting, Parallel 45 Theatre
Brad Kik, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology
Leah Bagdon McCallum, U.S. Senator Regional Director Senator Gary Peters
Christopher Stefanciw, Musician and Baker Taproot Cider House
 

Full speaker profiles: http://fulfillamentstories.com/next-event/

Farmer After Hours (East Bay)
Jan
25
5:00 pm17:00

Farmer After Hours (East Bay)

  • Short's

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!

Farmer After Hours is a free event, but please RSVP.

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

Herb Guild Meeting: SEED EXCHANGE
Jan
23
6:00 pm18:00

Herb Guild Meeting: SEED EXCHANGE

  • Munson Community Health Center

This month's theme is:  SEED EXCHANGE FOR THE HERB GARDEN. Let's get ready for planting the herb garden! Bring your seeds and join a discussion on what seeds need what treatments for the best results.

Led by: Patti Travioli of Heartwood Forest Farm
Bring: seeds! cuttings? [Make sure to join the mailing list to get updates on what to expect and bring to each meeting.]

This meeting will also be a potluck - bring your own table settings and dish to pass! This is a FREE event, but please RSVP to make sure you get important information like the room number or any last minute changes.

If you have interest enough to commit to gathering regularly around the topic of herbs, let your voice be heard! Questions about the Herb Guild or guilds in general? Contact Jen at 231-622-5252 or Jen@Crosshatch.org. There are also rumblings of herb guilds starting in the Bellaire and Petoskey areas.

GT Bees—Beeswax & Spring Preparations
Jan
19
6:30 pm18:30

GT Bees—Beeswax & Spring Preparations

  • Brewery Terra Firma

CONTACT INFO: Beca at beca@gtbees.com or www.GTBees.com

A monthly meeting for Traverse City area beekeepers every third Thursday. The Grand Traverse Area Bee Club is open and welcome to all! If you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper, or simply curious about bees, we would love to have you join us! Come check us out! Most meetings take place at Brewery Terra Firma, 2959 Hartman Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685, unless otherwise specified. 
 

MEETING TOPICS: #1 The Benefits of Beeswax / #2 A Beekeeper's Preparations for Spring
 

For information about the guilds, check out Crosshatch’s guild page or contact Jen.
 

True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion
Jan
19
6:30 pm18:30

True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion

  • The Old Art Building

Can Northern Michigan support a full-loop textile system and become an economically viable industry that uses local sources? Can natural dyeplant growers, small farmers raising fiber from sheep, alpaca, yak, llama and goat, and small business owners, processors, and existing networks that support the different segments in the system sustain a full-loop textile system?  Through discussion can we find the gaps that are current impediments to achieving 100% locally made products? 

True Cost, the movie, is an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why there is an effort to move toward bringing textile manufacturing back to Northern Michigan. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Following the screening will be a panel discussion with people in the textile loop, such as textile designers, garment makers, community organizers, and others.

Learn more about the film here.  This event is free, but please RSVP.

 

A collaboration of Interlochen College of Creative Arts, North Central Michigan College, Crosshatch Fiber Guilds, The Bay Theatre, Grow Benzie, Jordan River Arts Council, and The Old Art Building.

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting & 7pm Class
Jan
19
6:00 pm18:00

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting & 7pm Class

  • North Central Michigan College, Room 536

A monthly meeting for Petoskey area beekeepers every third Thursday, led by 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.

Meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month at NCMC, room 536 of the Student and Community Resource Center. Join us, it's free!

Starting at 7pm - BEGINNING BEEKEEPING, THE 1ST YEAR, with Mike Banyai

(Free, but pre-registration required for the 7pm class.)


For those that have never had bees and are considering keeping bees in 2017...There are things you need to know and do in the winter if you are going to have bees this summer. We will cover a lot of very practical topics including the cost of keeping bees and the time line of what things need to be done int he coming months.


NOTE: January through May, we'll have special classes around beekeeping starting at 7pm. So the 6-7pm time slot will be the same discussion time as always, and then from 7-8:30pm, we'll have a presenter teaching around a specific topic. For information about the guilds, check out our guild page or contact Jen.

*Is Petoskey too far away from you? There is a group that meets in Traverse City on Thursdays as well! For more information, check out the Grand Traverse Beekeeping Club.

Artist After Hours
Jan
12
6:00 pm18:00

Artist After Hours

  • Blackbird Arts

Get out of the house for an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation. Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for another season of Artist After Hours, a social event for artists of all genres — writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers. Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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.

Artist After Hours will take place every second Thursday of the month from 6-8pm, December through June. See you there!
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What's the difference between Artist After Hours and the NW MI Arts Network? Both are great opportunities to network. Artist After Hours is specifically for professional and emerging artists; the NW MI Arts Network is a bigger umbrella, bringing together arts organizations, artists, planners, policy makers, critics, funders educators, gallerists, art businesses, community builders, and art lovers.

Fiber Guild Happy Hour — CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Jan
11
7:00 pm19:00

Fiber Guild Happy Hour — CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

  • Boyne City Tap Room

THIS MONTH'S FIBER GUILD HAPPY HOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. SEE YOU IN FEBRUARY!

A monthly gathering to talk about all things fiber, work on projects, and discuss innovative ways to strengthen the fiber community. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at Boyne City Tap Room. Join us, it's free!

For information about the guilds, check out our guilds page or contact Jen.

Farmer After Hours (Little Traverse Bay)
Jan
5
7:00 pm19:00

Farmer After Hours (Little Traverse Bay)

  • Beards Brewery

First Thursdays of the month, farmers and wanna-be 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!

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

Farmer After Hours is a free event, but please RSVP

Fiber Guild Happy Hour
Dec
19
7:00 pm19:00

Fiber Guild Happy Hour

  • Boyne City Tap Room

DECEMBER'S MEETING WAS RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, DECEMBER 19 DUE TO WEATHER. SEE YOU THERE!

A monthly gathering to talk about all things fiber, work on projects, and discuss innovative ways to strengthen the fiber community. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at Boyne City Tap Room. Join us, it's free!

For information about the guilds, check out our guild page or contact Jen.

Herb Guild Meeting: HERBAL ELEPHANT EXCHANGE
Dec
19
6:00 pm18:00

Herb Guild Meeting: HERBAL ELEPHANT EXCHANGE

  • Munson Community Health Center

There's a new guild in town, y'all! The Herb Guild has reconvened and re-energized, and we want YOU to join us!

This month we're doing a HERBAL ELEPHANT EXCHANGE. We'll celebrate the solstice together over food. Bring an herb-focused item to exchange.

This meeting will also be a potluck - bring your own table settings and dish to pass! This is a FREE event, but please RSVP to make sure you get important information like the room number or any last minute changes.

If you have interest enough to commit to gathering regularly around the topic of herbs, let your voice be heard! Questions about the Herb Guild or guilds in general? Contact Jen at 231-622-5252 or Jen@Crosshatch.org. There are also rumblings of herb guilds starting in the Bellaire and Petoskey areas.

GT Bees—Social Holiday Party
Dec
15
6:30 pm18:30

GT Bees—Social Holiday Party

  • Garth's House

Potluck Dinner; please bring a dish to share and your family, friends, etc… This event is open to all. 

A monthly meeting for Traverse City area beekeepers every third Thursday. No experience necessary, the only requirement to join is an interest in Beekeeping. We welcome all with an interest in Bees and Beekeeping. 

For more information, contact Beca at beca@gtbees.com or visit GTBees.com.

For information about the guilds, check out Crosshatch’s guild page or contact Jen.

*Is Traverse City too far away from you? There is a group that meets in Petoskey on third Thursdays as well! For more information, check out our events page

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting

  • North Central Michigan College, Room 536

A monthly meeting for Petoskey area beekeepers every third Thursday, led by 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. Guild members will discuss beginner's topics from 6-7pm and more advanced topics from 7-8pm. Meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month at NCMC, room 536 of the Student and Community Resource Center. Join us, it's free!

For information about the guilds, check out our guild page or contact Jen.

 

*Is Petoskey too far away from you? There is a group that meets in Traverse City on Thursdays as well! For more information, check out the Grand Traverse Beekeeping Club.

Artist After Hours - CANCELLED
Dec
8
6:00 pm18:00

Artist After Hours - CANCELLED

  • Blackbird Arts

THIS EVENT HAS CANCELLED DUE TO THE STORM. SEE YOU JANUARY 12!

Get out of the house for an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation. Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for another season of Artist After Hours, a social event for artists of all genres — writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers. Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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.

Artist After Hours will take place every second Thursday of the month from 6-8pm, December through June. See you there!
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What's the difference between Artist After Hours and the NW MI Arts Network? Both are great opportunities to network. Artist After Hours is specifically for professional and emerging artists; the NW MI Arts Network is a bigger umbrella, bringing together arts organizations, artists, planners, policy makers, critics, funders educators, gallerists, art businesses, community builders, and art lovers.

Herb Guild Meeting: GIFT MAKING
Nov
28
6:00 pm18:00

Herb Guild Meeting: GIFT MAKING

There's a new guild in town, y'all! The Herb Guild has reconvened and re-energized, and we want YOU to join us!

This month's theme is GIFT MAKING. Learn how to make a few different herb-focused gifts for your gift-giving season.

Led by: Patti Travioli of Heartwood Forest Farm ( plus two other gift-makers TBD)
Bring: cash to chip in, so you can take some things home with you and those bringing the supplies can get reimbursed; ideas and how-to instructions for herb-focused products to make and give.

This meeting will also be a potluck - bring your own table settings and dish to pass! This is a FREE event, but please RSVP to make sure you get important information like the room number or any last minute changes.

If you have interest enough to commit to gathering regularly around the topic of herbs, let your voice be heard! Questions about the Herb Guild or guilds in general? Contact Jen at 231-622-5252 or Jen@Crosshatch.org. There are also rumblings of herb guilds starting in the Bellaire and Petoskey areas.

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Nov
17
6:00 pm18:00

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting

  • North Central Michigan College, Room 536

A monthly meeting for Petoskey area beekeepers every third Thursday, led by 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. Guild members will discuss beginner's topics from 6-7pm and more advanced topics from 7-8pm. Meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month at NCMC, room 536 of the Student and Community Resource Center. Join us, it's free!

For information about the guilds, check out our guild page or contact Jen.

 

*Is Petoskey too far away from you? There is a group that meets in Traverse City on Thursdays as well! For more information, check out the Grand Traverse Beekeeping Club.

Fiber Guild Happy Hour
Nov
9
7:00 pm19:00

Fiber Guild Happy Hour

  • Boyne City Tap Room

A monthly gathering to talk about all things fiber, work on projects, and discuss innovative ways to strengthen the fiber community. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at Boyne City Tap Room. Join us, it's free!

For information about the guilds, check out our guild page or contact Jen.

Farmer After Hours at Rare Bird Brewpub
Nov
7
6:00 pm18:00

Farmer After Hours at Rare Bird Brewpub

  • Rare Bird Brewpub

Enjoy happy hour prices at Farmers After Hours!

Gardeners, homesteaders, new farmers, experienced farmers, farm educators, and farm-related businesses in the Little Traverse Bay area are gathering to cross-pollinate with peers, and while they're at it, enjoy a brew. Bring catalogs, new ideas, questions, seeds, info on educational opportunities and whatever else you want to share. This time our focus is food safety. But you can come and connect with other farmers on any topic you like.

But you can also:
- swap seeds
- make bulk orders on equipment, bee supplies, animal feed, etc.
- ask questions about farm issues
- talk about the weather
- offer assistance to others that are just starting
- organize skilled volunteers to get greenhouses up
- match mentors with people who want to learn skills

Free - but please RSVP

Hosted by the West Bay Small Farm Guild with the support of Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology (formerly ISLAND).

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Happy Hour
Nov
2
7:00 pm19:00

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Happy Hour

  • Beard's Brewery

The Small Farm Guild Advisory Team in Little Traverse Bay gets together to talk about challenges in small farming, make bulk orders to save money on needed items for the farm, and discuss innovative ways to strengthen the community around small farming.Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month at Beard's Brewery. Join us, it's free!

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

Northwest Michigan Arts Network Gathering
Oct
27
4:30 pm16:30

Northwest Michigan Arts Network Gathering

  • The Little Fleet

Get to know your community of art lovers. Join us for an informal gathering of the Northwest Michigan Arts Network at The Little Fleet, 448 E Front St, Traverse City. Most of the time will be spent mingling but we will set aside a few minutes at 5:30 for general announcements.

Who should attend? 

  • Visual artists - musicians - performers - dancers - designers - filmmakers - writers
  • Arts & cultural organizations and organizers
  • Planners & policy makers
  • Critics
  • Arts funders
  • Educators
  • Gallerists & art businesses
  • Community builders
  • Art lovers

The Northwest Michigan Arts Network celebrates the arts, culture, commmunities and creative sector of Northwest Lower Michigan.

Herb Guild Meeting: ROOTS
Oct
24
6:00 pm18:00

Herb Guild Meeting: ROOTS

  • Munson Community Health Center

There's a new guild in town, y'all! The Herb Guild has reconvened and re-energized, and we want YOU to join us!

This month's theme is ROOTS. As we transition into a new season, let's make tinctures and talk about how to stay healthy through the change.

Led by: Sierra Bigham of Bear Earth Herbals
Bring: roots, your own supplies - like jars for tinctures, etc

This meeting will also be a potluck - bring your own table settings and dish to pass! This is a FREE event, but please RSVP to make sure you get important information like the room number or any last minute changes.

If you have interest enough to commit to gathering regularly around the topic of herbs, let your voice be heard! Questions about the Herb Guild or guilds in general? Contact Jen at 231-622-5252 or Jen@Crosshatch.org. There are also rumblings of herb guilds starting in the Bellaire and Petoskey areas.

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Oct
20
6:00 pm18:00

Petoskey Beekeepers Guild Meeting

  • North Central Michigan College, Room 550

A monthly meeting for Petoskey area beekeepers every third Thursday, led by 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. Guild members will discuss beginner's topics from 6-7pm and more advanced topics from 7-8pm. Meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month at NCMC, room 550 of the Student and Community Resource Center. Join us, it's free!

For information about the guilds, check out our guild page or contact Jen.

 

*Is Petoskey too far away from you? There is a group that meets in Traverse City on Thursdays as well! For more information, check out the Grand Traverse Beekeeping Club.

2016 Garlic Auction
Oct
15
5:00 pm17:00

2016 Garlic Auction

  • Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall

Join farmers, foodies, friends, and the Crosshatch family as we once again come together to celebrate those who contribute to the robust food and farming scene in Northern Michigan and—of course—all things garlic. The annual soiree is being held October 15, 2016 from 5-10pm at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. Tickets are $25 in advance and include your dinner. Buy a whole table (8 tickets) and get a discount.

Get tickets here. We can't wait to see you. 

HARVEST INSPIRED FOOD & CRAFT BEVERAGES

The chefs at Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen are cooking up jambalaya-inspired grain bowls, chockfull of autumn veggies, locally grown emmer from Great Lakes Culinary Oils & Flours, creole sauce, your choice of sausage or chicken, and...need we even say it?...garlic. These colorful bowls are sure to delight both your eyes and appetite. Expect garlic-heavy appetizers and even a few garlic-y desserts, too. 

Bartenders from next door, local favorite Siren Hall will be there to pour some of Michigan's finest wine and beer for purchase.

BEST IN SHOW LIVE GARLIC JUDGING

We're already collecting garlic from area growers to be entered into this year's Best in Show Garlic Competition. The top 6 garlic varieties will be judged LIVE at the event. Attendees will have the chance to taste the garlic and vote on their favorite as well. Think you've got a winning bulb? Learn more and enter the contest here!

AUCTIONS OF THE SILENT & LIVE VARIETY

Two, that's right two!, auctions take place at the Garlic Auction. One is silent, filled with a variety of Garlicky Good Gift Baskets put together by local chefs and home cooks. The other is live, where auctioneer Bill Collins is sure to get a good-spirited competition going for our Best in Show Garlic winners and their accompanying gifts.

BLUEGRASS MUSIC & DANCING

Rico Samwich, a high-energy, old-hearted string band will play throughout the night. The Garlic Auction will end with some toe-tapping and knee-slapping out on the dance floor. 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Our Presenting Sponsor: Cherry Capital Foods

Our Presenting Sponsor: Cherry Capital Foods

Our Food Sponsors: Grain Train Natural Foods Markets & Oryana Community Co-op

Our Food Sponsors: Grain Train Natural Foods Markets & Oryana Community Co-op

Our Print & Signage Sponsor: SNAP Printing

Our Print & Signage Sponsor: SNAP Printing

Clove & Bulb Sponsor: Edible Grande Traverse

Clove & Bulb Sponsor: Edible Grande Traverse

Clove & Bulb Sponsor: Applesauce Inn

Clove & Bulb Sponsor: Applesauce Inn

Clove & Bulb Sponsor: Taste the Local Difference

Clove & Bulb Sponsor: Taste the Local Difference

Thanks also to:

Farmhouse Flatbread & Cracker Company

Grand Traverse Culinary Oils & Flours

Crooked Tree Breadworks

The Redheads

Eden Foods

Interested in sponsoring this event and supporting the work of Crosshatch, while getting your message out to area farmers and food-lovers? Check out our sponsor guide or contact Mollie Thomas for more information.