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

Twilight Tours: RealEyes Homestead

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

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

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

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

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

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

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

This is a free event.

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

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

Bellaire Community Hall — Reception & Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops

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

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

Questions? Contact Jen

Cost: $30 // Tickets here

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

Twilight Tours: The Farm at Historic Barns Park

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

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

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

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

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

Twilight Tours: Misty Acres

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

 

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS

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

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

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Apple Tasting at Bellaire's Harvest Festival
Sep
30
10:00am10:00am

Apple Tasting at Bellaire's Harvest Festival

Stop by and see Crosshatch and our Preservation Station at the 18th Annual Bellaire Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 30th from 10am-6pm.

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

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

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Crosshatch Beekeepers Guild at Old Time Harvest Day in the Garden
Oct
1
12:00pm12:00pm

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 a 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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Crosshatch Volunteer Collective
Oct
2
5:00pm 5:00pm

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

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

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

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

Twilight Tour: 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.

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

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

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

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Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Jul
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

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.

July's meeting will start in the hives, so come with your suits and veils and be dressed and ready to start at 5:50pm! We'll commune with the bees for an hour then make our way inside to the honeybee hotel for some conversation about the awesome growth of the guild and how to make meetings work for beginner and advanced beekeepers alike. Please BYOB and a small dish to pass as the meeting will end with an informal cocktail hour. Come on down!

This is a free event. 

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

 

**July's meeting is being held on the fourth Thursday. 

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

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

Fourth Wednesdays of the month, farmers and wanna-be farmers of the Small Farm Guild of East Bay informally meet 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. 

This month we are thrilled to be meeting at the tasting room at Mammoth Distilling of Central Lake! The owners are looking forward to offering their space to local farmers and participating in conversation with the good folks of the East Bay Small Farm Guild! Come on down!

This is a free event.

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

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

Twilight Tours: 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.

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

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

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

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

Twilight Tours: 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.

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

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

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

This is a free event.

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

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

Twilight Tour: 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.

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

Artist After Hours at 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.

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

Beekeeping with Meghan Milbrath

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
 

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

Skill Swap at 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

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

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

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

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

Caring for Fruit Trees

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 
 

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

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

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

This is a free event.

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

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Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair
May
20
to May 21

Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair

  • Emmet County Fairgrounds (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

 

 

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

Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting

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

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

Growing Edible Mushrooms at Home

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

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

True Cost Film Screening & Community Discussion

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.

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

Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

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

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

East Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting

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

This is a free event.

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

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

West Bay Herb Guild Meeting

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.

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