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.

Twilight Tour: Ziibimijwang Farm
Jun
27
6:00 pm18:00

Twilight Tour: Ziibimijwang Farm

  • Ziibimijwang Farm

The mission of Ziibimijwang Farm, owned by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, is to enhance Little Traverse Bay Band food sovereignty. Ziibimijwang does this by by providing a reliable food source for the community independent of the larger food system, encouraging a healthy lifestyle for the people and enhancing people’s knowledge and ability to do farming and gardening and subsistence activities for themselves.   

Ziibimijwang Farm is proud to grow high quality, nutritionally dense, seasonal vegetables using sustainable farming practices that will follow organic standards that care for the soil, groundwater, and adjacent natural areas.  They use no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides on the farm. Join us for a conversation about this young farm and where it’s headed.

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

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

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

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.

Twilight Tours: Leo Creek Preserve
Jul
6
6:00 pm18:00

Twilight Tours: Leo Creek Preserve

  • Leo Creek Preserve

Leo Creek Preserve, steps off the Leelanau Trail at the 4th street entrance in Suttons Bay, is a place to explore food gardens, appreciate nature, and participate in outdoor education. All food grown on the preserve is donated to local pantries and hungry trail users. Join us for a conversation about this innovative farm and their use of Hugelkultur beds, solar drip irrigation, and permaculture.

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

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

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

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

Twilight Tours: The Peltonen/Lehnert Homestead
Jul
18
6:00 pm18:00

Twilight Tours: The Peltonen/Lehnert Homestead

  • The Peltonen/Lehnert Homestead

Denise Peltonen and Mike Lehnert own 40 acres of apples, cherries, currants, gooseberries, saskatoons, and haskaps (or edible honeysuckle) as well as a variety of cane berries. Come join us for an evening walk through their orchards and learn about how they utilize permaculture, among other tools, on their homestead. Steve DuCheney of Saskatoon Michigan Farm and Fruit will also be on hand to talk about his work growing these unusual and delicious fruits. Bonus! A Saskatoon dessert with ice cream will be served.

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

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

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

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

Twilight Tour: Gills Pier Ranch
Aug
14
6:00 pm18:00

Twilight Tour: Gills Pier Ranch

  • Gills Pier Ranch

High-quality grass and healthy Lake Michigan winds near the Gills Pier Ranch create an amazing environment for raising multipurpose livestock that are grass-fed, sustainable, and light on the land. Join us for a tour, a chance to meet the animals, and a conversation around the cycle of the yak that starts and ends on the land. From composting manure, harvesting fiber, to producing meat, this tour will offer a look at sustainable ranching in Northern Michigan.

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

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

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

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

Twilight Tours: RealEyes Homestead
Aug
22
6:00 pm18:00

Twilight Tours: RealEyes Homestead

  • RealEyes Homestead

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

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

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

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

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.

Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops
Aug
26
9:00 am09:00

Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops

  • Northwest Michigan Horticult

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

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

Questions? Contact Jen

Cost: $30 // Tickets here

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting
Aug
28
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.

Twilight Tours: The Farm at Historic Barns Park
Sep
11
6:00 pm18:00

Twilight Tours: The Farm at Historic Barns Park

  • The Historic Barns Park

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

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

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

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

Twilight Tours: Misty Acres
Sep
26
6:00 pm18:00

Twilight Tours: Misty Acres

  • Misty Acres

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

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

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

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


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

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.

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
 

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.

Get your tickets here! Ticket sales close May 15!

 

SCHEDULE -See full descriptions of sessions here

12:00-1:15

ART: Screen Printing

EARTH: Wayfinding and Orienteering

KITCHEN: Farmer Cheese

TINKERING: Bike Repair 

1:30-2:45

ART: Harmony Singing

EARTH: Herb Walk

KITCHEN: Kombucha and Kombucha Cocktails

TINKERING: Be Your Own Tailor

3:00-4:15

ART: Natural Dye

EARTH: Beekeeping

KITCHEN: Mead Appreciation and the Craft of Fermenting Honey

TINKERING: Spoon Carving

4:30-5:45

ART: Songwriting

EARTH: Seed Saving

KITCHEN: Bread Baking

TINKERING: Body Tinkering through Akido

*Class schedule subject to change. 

 

This event is made possible thanks to our amazing sponsors and partners. We're so grateful for their support!

SUPPORTING SPONSORS: 
The Workshop Brewing Company

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BlissFest Music Organization

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

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

Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club Meeting

  • The Food Hub (turn at the Sevens Paint sign)

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

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 
 

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

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • Wild Blue Yonder Farm

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
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.

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

 

 

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

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

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.

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

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

  • Petoskey Brewing Co.

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

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

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