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

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

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

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

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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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 50 sessions on various food and farming topics from Growing Sensational Salad Mixes to Cost of production: Building Budgets. 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 it’s 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
  • Beyond the Farmer's Market: Local Food Sales 2.0

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

 

Keep an eye on the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference website for more information, tickets, and FAQs. 

 

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

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
5:00pm 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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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 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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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-4pm.

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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East Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours
Sep
27
5:00pm 5:00pm

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 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.

September's meeting will be held at Grass Lake Organics with Joanna Thornton and Lucas Hamilton. Everyone is welcome — come on down!
 

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

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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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Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild Meeting
Sep
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

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. 

Note: This is the last meeting at Bear Creek Organic Farm. Starting in October, the LTB beekeepers will meet at the Bear Creek Township Hall. See you there!

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

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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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Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild - Farmer After Hours
Sep
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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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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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)
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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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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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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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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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