Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting
May
4
6:30 pm18:30

Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting

  • The Food Hub

A monthly meeting for Grand Traverse area beekeepers every first Thursday. 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

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • 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!

This is a free event. 

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.

Growing Edible Mushrooms at Home
May
16
6:00 pm18:00

Growing Edible Mushrooms at Home

  • Grow Benzie

Grow your mushroom knowledge base! This is a beginner workshop. Each attendee will learn basic terminology and cultivation techniques. Bernie Ware, of Ware Farm, will cover a variety of different types of mushrooms (shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and wine cap) and the how-to involved with start-up. Everyone will take home an inoculated oyster totem.

Questions? Contact Jen

Cost: $30 / Get your tickets here

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting
May
18
6:00 pm18:00

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

  • Bear Creek Organic Farm

A monthly meeting for Little Traverse Bay 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 outside at Bear Creek Organic Farm in the warmers months. Come on down!

This is a free event. 

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

Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair
May
20
May 21

Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair

  • Emmet County Fairgrounds

Join the Crosshatch Fiber Guild for a weekend of celebrating Michigan’s natural fibers, farmers, processors, and skilled artisans. Vendors will be selling things like hand-dyed yarn, spinning batts and roving, and raw wool. There will be workshops on indigo dyeing, drop spindle spinning, and more. Enjoy live music from Rustic Heart, food trucks, sheep dog demonstrations, and sheep shearing demos.  

See full list of workshops and get tickets here

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

 

 

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting
May
22
6:00 pm18:00

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting

  • Location TBD

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.

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
May
24
5:00 pm17:00

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • Short's Brewing Company

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.

Caring for Fruit Trees
May
27
10:00 am10:00

Caring for Fruit Trees

  • AngelBear Farm

Go beyond the tree! Learn to work with your small orchard as an interlocking system, designed by you, and considering understory plant guilds, sheet mulching and other practices of ecological design. We’ll focus on the basics of establishing new trees, including demos and hands-on practice with planting and field grafting. Includes classroom lecture and fieldwork.

A simple lunch is included.

Questions? Contact Jen or call us at 231-622-5252.

Cost: $40 // Get your tickets here 
 

Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting
Jun
1
6:30 pm18:30

Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting

  • Location TBD

A monthly meeting for Grand Traverse area beekeepers every first Thursday. 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

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
Jun
1
7:00 pm19:00

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • 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!

This is a free event. 

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

Skill Swap at Earthwork Farm
Jun
3
12:00 pm12:00

Skill Swap at Earthwork Farm

  • Earthwork Farm

We're excited to announce the return of the Crosshatch Skill Swap, for the second year in a row at the magical, inspiring Earthwork Farm in Lake City.

Enjoy a full day of hands-on workshops, followed by dinner and live music. Choose from 16 classes in the categories of Earth, Art, Tinker, and Kitchen. These condensed courses are taught by the community for the community and include skills like: Bike Repair, Bread Baking, Natural Dyeing, Screen printing and Simple Tailoring.

After a day of swapping skills, stick around for an on-farm dinner and waltz hour, plus a full concert in the barn, featuring:

Seth Bernard

Gifts or Creatures

Heavy Color

Choose to join just for the Skill Swap ($35) or just come for the concert ($35) or do both a save a few bucks ($60). Camping at the farm is included in the price of the ticket.

More fun stuff and full agenda to be announced!

Get your tickets here.

Beekeeping with Meghan Milbrath
Jun
4
10:00 am10:00

Beekeeping with Meghan Milbrath

  • Bear Creek Organic Farm

Meghan Milbrath returns to Petoskey to work with beekeepers on a variety of beekeeping topics. Come for just the morning or just the afternoon, or stay all day!

Session One (10am-12pm): Get your new hive to take off!  Best management practices to maximize growth and health of a newly established colony. This workshop, designed for those starting new hives, will focus on how to get your nuke to take off this season. We will discuss basic needs for health and how to improve your chances of getting a first year colony to survive through winter. 

Session Two (1pm-4pm): Best management practices for the already established hive.  This afternoon session will focus on best management practices for overwintered colonies.  Meghan Milbrath will delve deeper into methods to maximize production, splits, mite control, and fall re-queening.

A simple lunch is included in the price of the ticket and will be served between sessions. Participants in both sessions will be invited for cross-over conversation. 

*If this event sells out, we will start a waitlist. Please email Jen to be added. 

Cost: $40 // Tickets here
 

Artist After Hours at Loma Farm
Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

Artist After Hours at Loma Farm

  • Loma Farm

Join Blackbird Arts and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology as we head for the hills for Artist After Hours!

This month we'll be at Loma Farm for "beers and bouquets" - an evening of drinks, conversation, and flower drawing. Get inspired by the beauty of Loma Farm and have some fun drawing mini bouquets of flowers 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.

Thanks to The Workshop Brewing Company for donating some delicious brew for this event!

ABOUT ARTIST AFTER HOURS:
Artist After Hours ia 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 LOMA FARM:
Loma Farm is a small-scale vegetable and flower farm in Southern Leelanau County, 8 miles outside of Traverse City. Loma grows following organic practices with a deep concern for the health of the land and a love of high quality produce. Loma supplies area restaurants with vegetables, attends the farmer's market and distributes weekly through a vegetable share program.

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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.

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

  • Bear Creek Organic Farm

A monthly meeting for Grand Traverse area beekeepers every third Thursday. 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

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting
Jun
26
6:00 pm18:00

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting

  • Location TBD

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.

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
Jun
28
5:00 pm17:00

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • Short's Brewing Company

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.

Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting
Jul
6
6:30 pm18:30

Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting

  • Location TBD

A monthly meeting for Grand Traverse area beekeepers every first Thursday. 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

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • 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!

This is a free event. 

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

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Jul
20
6:00 pm18:00

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

  • Bear Creek Organic Farm

A monthly meeting for Little Traverse Bay 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. Come on down!

This is a free event. 

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

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting
Jul
24
6:00 pm18:00

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting

  • Location TBD

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.

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
Jul
26
5:00 pm17:00

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • Short's Brewing Company

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.

Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting
Aug
3
6:30 pm18:30

Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting

  • Location TBD

A monthly meeting for Grand Traverse area beekeepers every first Thursday. 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

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
Aug
3
7:00 pm19:00

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • 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!

This is a free event. 

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

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Aug
17
6:00 pm18:00

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

  • Bear Creek Organic Farm

A monthly meeting for Little Traverse Bay 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. Come on down!

This is a free event. 

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

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
Aug
23
5:00 pm17:00

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • Short's Brewing Company

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.


East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
Apr
26
5:00 pm17:00

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • 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!

This is a free event.

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

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting
Apr
24
6:00 pm18:00

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting

  • Munson Community Health Center

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 month's topic is: the plant family allium.

This is a free event. 

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

Artist After Hours at Michigan Legacy Art Park
Apr
24
6:00 pm18:00

Artist After Hours at Michigan Legacy Art Park

  • Michigan Legacy Art Park

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

This month, we head to Michigan Legacy Art Park to celebrate International Sculpture Day. The park is offering FREE admission on this day only. Enjoy a guided tour of the park, followed by drinks and conversation at the Iron Fish Distillery (Iron Fish, which is typically closed on Mondays, is opening just for this event - thank you Iron Fish!).

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones! 


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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.

Shiitake Mushroom Production
Apr
22
9:00 am09:00

Shiitake Mushroom Production

  • Ware Farm

Roll up those sleeves! This is a hands-on workshop. Each attendee will learn how to inoculate shiitake mushroom logs by working at drilling, filling, and waxing stations throughout the day. You will take home a share of fully inoculated logs; a great way to kickstart your home mushroom production.

A simple soup lunch will be provided. Bring a spoon!

Questions? Contact Jen.

Cost: $75 / Get your tickets here

Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting
Apr
20
6:30 pm18:30

Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting

  • The Food Hub

A monthly meeting for Grand Traverse area beekeepers every third Thursday. 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

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Apr
20
6:00 pm18:00

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

  • North Central Michigan College, Room 536 of SCRC

A monthly meeting for Little Traverse Bay 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. Come on down!

This is a free event. 

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

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.

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 than 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, bringing songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n' roll and vintage soul. 

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

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 than 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, bringing songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n' roll and vintage soul. 

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

Left Foot Charley

Crooked Tree Arts Center

 

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Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • 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!

This is a free event. 

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

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

GT Bees—Planting for Bees & Building or Maintaining Resource

  • Horizon Books

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

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

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.

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

Grain Train Natural Foods Markets

 

 

 

Artist After Hours
Mar
9
7:00 pm19:00

Artist After Hours

  • The Little Fleet

Artist After Hours looks a little different this month. We’ve partnered with local illustrator Brianne Farley and Blackbird Arts 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. 

All experience levels welcome! 

Artist After Hours will take place every second Thursday of the month, 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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