Twilight Tour—Michigan Hop Alliance
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Michigan Hop Alliance

See this beautiful hop farm in action! What started out as a purchase of a cherry farm for camping has turned into the Michigan Hop Alliance, a small 30 acre hop farm owned and operated by Brian and Amy Tennis. Michigan previously wasn't known as a hop growing region, but our 45th parallel location proved ideal. View the 12 hops varieties and learn about how the flavor of hops dictates the beer.

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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Twilight Tour—Rooted in Permaculture
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Rooted in Permaculture

Walk through Kirk and Mati Dillon's young permaculture garden. They will cover the concept of permaculture and how it differs from typical farming. See their over 125 varieties of perennial and annual plants, and trees and shrubs in a "food forest" format and learn about time, planting zones, companion planting, tree guilds, living fences, rocket stoves and rocket mass heaters.

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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Twilight Tour—Planting for Pollinators
Sep
13
6:30 PM18:30

Twilight Tour—Planting for Pollinators

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS:

Join Vic Lane of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy for a Twilight tour at the iconic Maple Bay Farm. See where farming meets conservation with a discussion and tour of pollinator planting, grassland bird habitat and wetland protection. We'll also discuss soil fertility through cover crops, site prep and no-till efforts, with plenty of time to meet and connect with other farmers.

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Artist After Hours—The Art of Storytelling
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours—The Art of Storytelling

  • Hopscotch Brick Oven and Taproom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

September brings fall and fall is bringing out the storytellers. This month we partner with Here:Say Storytelling, the local live storytelling show, for a discussion on the art of storytelling. Gather around a fire with drinks and eats at Hopscotch Brick Oven and Taproom to learn how storytelling transcends 'interesting' to 'art form.' As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists.

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

Field School - Fall

The Field School series for farmers and homesteaders continues in September at 9 Bean Rows.

Choose from three tracks:

Track 1: Advanced Beekeeping
with Dr. Meghan Milbrath of University of Michigan: 

Track 2: Farm Resilience: Soil Health and Farm Design
with Nic Welty of 9 Bean Rows: 

Track 3: Seed Saving
with Ben Cohen of Small House Farm:

PRICING:
Ticket sales are now open until September 22. Click here for registration.

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Field School - Summer
Aug
18
8:30 AM08:30

Field School - Summer

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

Farm School Summer Tracks:
Animals on the Small Farm with Ryan Romeyn
Market Your Farm with Andrea Romeyn
Hoophouse Growing with Austin Weed and Stacy Sangsland

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CANCELLED—Artist After Hours—Walk of Art Outdoor Sculpture Park
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

CANCELLED—Artist After Hours—Walk of Art Outdoor Sculpture Park

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

This month we'll be at Art Rapids! We will convene for an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation around art of all kinds. Join us for a guided tour of their Walk of Art Outdoor Sculpture Park followed by drinks and conversation at Pearls New Orleans Kitchen. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists.

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Twilight Tour—Lavender Hill Farm
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Lavender Hill Farm

Hop in the cart and see the various varieties of lavender on Lavender Hill Farm (10,000 plants and 23 different varieties!) and learn how it has grown and cultivated for superior quality. Included will be special demonstrations at the lavender drying shed as well as the distillation process for lavender oil. The farm gift shop will be open that night. Lavender products and local artisan crafts will be for sale.

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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Twilight Tour—Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers

For six seasons Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers has been growing hundreds of varieties of cut flowers, herbs and edible flowers. Join Michelle Shackleford for a farm tour through the flower fields for a real hands-on visual on flower farming. See how she traverses such farming obstacles as seed starting, field prep, planting and harvesting and soil fertility.

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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

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

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

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

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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

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Fruits and Nuts for Northern Michigan
Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Fruits and Nuts for Northern Michigan

Join us at picturesque Gabriel Farms to hear the story of how they established their diverse fruit crops, get an update on the dreaded spotted wing Drosophila, and hear about the potential for chestnuts in Northern Michigan.

·        Duke Elsner, MSU Extension; Understanding and managing spotted wing Drosophila.
·        Dennis Fulbright, MSU professor emeritus; Potential for chestnuts in Northern Michigan.
·        Kristi Schuil, Owner, Gabriel Farm; Establishing and managing diverse fruit crops: apples, grapes, haskaps … What’s a haskap? You’ll have to come to the field day to find out!

Register online here.
Fee: $20
For more information call or email Larry Dyer: 231-881-2784 or ldyer3913@gmail.com

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Twilight Tour—Daybreak Dreamfarm
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Daybreak Dreamfarm

Gather with us for a tour of Daybreak Dreamfarm. Farmers, Kelly Doyle and Patrick Scharinger, will take us through their small, diversified farm operation, highlighting their production of shiitake, oyster and lion’s mane mushrooms. The tour will also include a walk-about through the hoophouses, fields and gardens to discuss small-scale veggie and flower production.

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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Oryana+Ignite Series
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Oryana+Ignite Series

Small Farms Guild Workshop

In collaboration with Oryana, join us for an informational gathering bringing together small farmers or anyone interested in becoming a small farmer to discuss resources available.

The Small Farm Guilds are organized by farmers for farmers, though anyone who desires to farm is welcome to join. This guild’s activities include farm tours, informal workshops, member potlucks, meet and greets over drinks, and shared purchases. Sunday, June 24, 7 - 8:30 pm (meet at Oryana's green roof gazebo by the cafe picnic tables)

This workshop is FREE but registration is required. Please call Customer Service at 947-0191 or stop by the store. You can also sign up at eventbrite.com.

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

Artist After Hours: Veggie Sketch at Providence Farm

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

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

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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

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Skill Swap
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Skill Swap

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

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

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

Artist After Hours: Glenn Wolff Studio Tour

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

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

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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

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

Field School - Spring

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

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

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

Oryana+Ignite Series: Bees

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

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

Artist After Hours: Life Drawing at The Little Fleet

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

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

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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

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

Artist After Hours: Film Short & Olives and Wine

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

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

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

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

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

Artist After Hours: Art Experiments

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

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

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP.

 

ABOUT ARTIST AFTER HOURS:

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

 

ABOUT BLACKBIRD ARTS:

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

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

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference and Farm School

NMSFC

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

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

FARM SCHOOL

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Artist After Hours: Fiber Arts Knit-in

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

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

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP.

 

ABOUT ARTIST AFTER HOURS:

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

 

ABOUT ELVYN LODGE:

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

 

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Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

Artist After Hours: Holiday Hoopla

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

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

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

These event is free, but please RSVP.

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

East Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours

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

This is a free event.

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

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

Farmer to Chef Meet and Greet

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

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

 

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

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting

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

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

This is a free event. 

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

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

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

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

This is a free event. 

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

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

Artist After Hours at Farmer Foot Drums

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

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

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

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP.

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

Soup & Bread at The Little Fleet

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

Cost: Suggested Donations to benefit Crosshatch

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

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours

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

This is a free event. 

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

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Crosshatch Volunteer Collective
Oct
2
5:00 PM17:00

Crosshatch Volunteer Collective

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

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

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

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

Crosshatch Beekeepers Guild at Old Time Harvest Day in the Garden

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

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

More information here.

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