Farm School 2020
Jan
24
9:00 AM09:00

Farm School 2020

Join and connect with your community of peers at Friday's Farm School. Farm School is full-day immersion into specialized topics of growing. Experts in various fields come from near and far to educate area growers in intermediate/advanced courses.

Courses offered on Friday at Farm School are:

  • Hemp Growing 

    • with Margarite Bolt of Purdue University, James DeDecker of MSU, and Leah Sandler of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

  • Herb Growing

    • with Nancy Phillips of Heartsong Farm and author of, The Herbalist Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines.

  • Maple Syrup

    • with Craig Waldron of Far Hills Maple Syrup LLC and Mike Ross of Michigan Maple Farms

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Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference
Jan
25
9:00 AM09:00

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

Announcing the 21st annual Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference—the primer educational gathering of regional growers, hobbyists and educators.

Over two full days, Friday’s Farm School and Saturday’s Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference, growers will have the opportunity to not just learn, but also connect and engage with their peers. Attend dynamic lectures and classes such as: 

  • Bare-bones Farm Infrastructure Start-Up with Sarah Longstreth of Goodstead Farm

  • Crop Rotation Design for Vegetable Growers with Katie Brandt of the MSU Student Organic Farm

  • Beekeeping: Successful Overwintering with Meghan Milbrath of MSU

In addition to Saturday's main conference with over 35 sessions to choose from, we have Friday's Farm School plus Friday night festivities including a cocktail hour with cash bar and live music and the return of the Friday dinner option.

Check out the Small Farm Conference websiteto see the entire speaker and session lineup and agenda, plus information on the two-day Trade Show, now free to the general public!

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Coppice Agroforestry Intensive with Dave Jacke
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Coppice Agroforestry Intensive with Dave Jacke

Join us for two events—a Friday night talk from 6 pm to 8 pm (event listed separately) and a full-day Saturday intensive, from 9 am to 4 pm, as we answer these questions: What is coppicing? How does it work? What kinds of coppice systems might we use? How can we establish them? How does coppicing effect ecosystem functions?

Coppicing—the intentional harvest and management of woody resprouts to produce small diameter wood—has at least an 8,000-year history in Europe. The breadth of possible products from woody resprouts ranges widely—fencing, garden poles, charcoal and gates to name a few. Coppicing is also a valuable tool for responding to climate change and could be used on every small farm. 

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Coppice Agroforestry Lecture with Dave Jacke
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Coppice Agroforestry Lecture with Dave Jacke

Join us for two events—a Friday night talk from 6 pm to 8 pm and a full-day Saturday intensive (event listed separately), from 9 am to 4 pm, as we answer these questions: What is coppicing? How does it work? What kinds of coppice systems might we use? How can we establish them? How does coppicing effect ecosystem functions?

Coppicing—the intentional harvest and management of woody resprouts to produce small diameter wood—has at least an 8,000-year history in Europe. The breadth of possible products from woody resprouts ranges widely—fencing, garden poles, charcoal and gates to name a few. Coppicing is also a valuable tool for responding to climate change and could be used on every small farm. 

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Artist After Hours: Storytelling Circles in the Vines
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Artist After Hours: Storytelling Circles in the Vines

Let September bring out your storytelling spirit. Artists After Hours is partnering with Here:Say Storytelling, the local live storytelling show. Join us at L. Mawby Vineyard in Suttons Bay to talk storytelling basics,  and then gather in small circles. We will share stories about real life experiences for an entertaining evening unplugged and under the stars. Tell the true stories you’d like to develop for the Here:Say stage or simply share with a community of artists. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking.

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Twilight Tour—Farming for the Future
Sep
25
4:30 PM16:30

Twilight Tour—Farming for the Future

  • TBAISD Ag. Tech and Natural Resource Program (Career Tech Campus) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Students enrolled in the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) Agriscience and Natural Resources program will set up a special showcase of their hands-on experiential learning in animal science, plant science, and natural resources. Please join us for a tour of the TBAISD Greenhouse to connect with these future leaders who will present on the learning from the first month back at school. Topics they plan highlight will include poinsettia growth and production, poultry production, operation of the Farmbot (automated vegetable management system), aquaculture production, and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter operations.

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Twilight Tour—Extending Agriculture
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Extending Agriculture

Join John and Bailey for a tour through their greenhouses to learn about the sustainable systems that support their year-round vegetable production - they even yield tomatoes and cucumbers in May.  Lakeview Hill Farm is committed to certified organic vegetable production and renewable energy systems including a solar array and high-efficiency gasification wood boiler. We we will also discuss their process of acquiring land to start this farm as first-generation farmers in the context of broader efforts for farmland stewardship in this region.

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Twilight Tour—Growing your Garden for Market
Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Growing your Garden for Market

Natalya Aho has built up her business through small scale systems for low-impact and efficiency by implementing low till practices, raised beds, landscape fabric mulching and greenhouse growing. At Madcrow Market Garden we invite you to connect with like minds, hearts, and hands about experiences scaling up from gardening for your household, to grow enough to provide for your community. As a mostly one person operation, Natalya mostly uses hand tools to produce veggies, berries, herbs, and more that she sells at the East Jordan and Central Lake farmers markets.

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Rescheduled: Field School—Flowers
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Rescheduled: Field School—Flowers

We have rescheduled and reopened registration for our Flowers track for Field School Spring!

Crosshatch Field Schools are hands-on, on-farm learning days—going beyond the basics to support intermediate learners, but friendly enough for homestead-scale growers. Field Schools rely on experienced instructors and small group sizes, with both classroom time and field work for an in-depth education. Included is a local food lunch and a post-workshop social hour to continue the discussion in an informal way.

 Field School Flowers Agenda
9:30 to 10:00 am: Coffee and greeting
10 am to 12:30 pm: Morning Sessions
12:30 to 1:30 pm: Local lunch
1:30 to 4:00 pm: Afternoon Sessions
4:00 to 5:00 pm: Social hour with drinks and snacks 

Cut Flowers with Rachel Cross of Spirit of Walloon Market Garden: The market for flowers is shifting toward the local. Learn how to add gorgeous, ecologically-grown flowers to your operation, either for wholesale markets, event-based sales, or just for your own pleasure. Rachel will cover selection, propagation and the all-important harvest and post-harvest handling techniques, and discuss growing tips for field, hoophouse and greenhouse. See the fruits of your knowledge you gathered with your own fresh cut flowers by this time next year.

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CANCELED—Twilight Tour— Reviving Regional Grain
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

CANCELED—Twilight Tour— Reviving Regional Grain

Jonathan Scheel is reviving local grain systems from seeding to eating (and drinking) in partnership with area farms and businesses. Come see a newly restored and installed 1913 belt driven Meadows Mill and sifting equipment in action and consider taking home some fresh stone-ground flour for your next kitchen project. Scheel Family Farm grows wheat, rye and other small grains on 40 leased acres for bakery and distilleries in Northern Michigan.

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Twilight Tour—Scaling Solutions for the Small Farm
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Scaling Solutions for the Small Farm

As a small, but scaling-up farm with limited staffing and a commitment to organic growing practices, Lost Lake Farm is invested in simple and small systems for efficiency including mulching systems, the paper pot transplanter, and specialized weeding tools such as wheel hoes with finger weeders. Come visit to see some of these tools in action and learn about the ways that they abundantly produce pastured pork and a diverse array of naturally grown vegetables to share with their neighbors in Benzie County. As Crosshatch and Oryana Farm Microloan recipients, Nathan and Carissa will talk about a variety of alternative funding solutions that have supported their farm growth.

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Twilight Tour—Family Farming for Sustainability

Jul
31
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Family Farming for Sustainability


At La Casa Verde Farm folks will see a small-scale and sustainable family farm with diverse crop production and organic growing practices. You will have the opportunity to learn about crop rotation, cover cropping, the tools used, and systems of efficiency they have developed over the years. For example, they will explain how they integrate pasture raised pigs in a multi-year rotation through growing areas later used for vegetable and flower production. La Casa Verde has just expanded the farm's growing efforts to a second 40-acre property nearby and both properties will be visited on this tour.

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Field School - Summer
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Field School - Summer

Crosshatch Field Schools are hands-on, on-farm learning days—going beyond the basics to support intermediate learners, but friendly enough for homestead-scale growers. Field Schools rely on experienced instructors and small group sizes, with both classroom time and field work for an in-depth education. Included is a local food lunch and a post-workshop social hour to continue the discussion in an informal way.

Field School Summer is hosted by Bear Creek Organic Farm and Spirit of Walloon Market Garden, and features these three tracks:

  • Hoophouse Tomatoes and Cucumbers with Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organic Farm

  • Advanced Beekeeping with Ana Heck, Pollination research technologist at Michigan State University

  • Cut Flowers with Rachel Cross of Spirit of Walloon Market Garden

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Up North Pride Week: Sign-Making Party At Rare Bird Brewpub
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Up North Pride Week: Sign-Making Party At Rare Bird Brewpub

Join us for another favorite event hosted at Rare Bird Brewpub! We provide the supplies, you provide the flair. Show up to make your one-of-a-kind Pride sign for Saturday’s Visibility March. If one sign isn’t enough, make more! We will be making extras for those who can’t make it Wednesday but want a fun sign for the March.

Artists of all ages and abilities are welcome. Art supplies, posters, and poster designs provided with support from Ampersand Lettering Lab, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, and Arts for All of Northern Michigan.

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Artist After Hours - Networking in the Arts
May
29
4:30 PM16:30

Artist After Hours - Networking in the Arts

This month, Higher Art Gallery and Crosshatch team up to help host a networking event to follow up from the Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network Summit (May 9th). All are welcome. Come connect with other arts and culture thinkers, creators and organizers who are continuing to stoke conversations and actions to uplift the arts in our region.

Artist After Hours is a social event for artists and creatives of all genres and professions to connect and learn from one another. We meet at the end of each month on different days. Snacks and beverages are provided. Call for more information: (231) 622-5252.

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Benefit Party at Short's Brewing Company
May
18
4:00 PM16:00

Benefit Party at Short's Brewing Company

Join us for a mid-spring dance party at Short's Brewing Company, featuring DJ Ras Marco, a local food special, the launch of the Crosshatch spring matching gift campaign, and the first ever Imperial Crosshatch Beer, Honey Root Field Ale, made with local honey, hops, maple syrup and sweet potatoes.

We'll have an arts interlude with live music and poetry from Crosshatch's Long Memory Project and news about Crosshatch's big projects on 8th Street in TC and the 52 acre "Hatchquarters" site in Bellaire.

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Food and Farming Network Picnic
May
15
4:30 PM16:30

Food and Farming Network Picnic

Connect with Food and Farming Network members and other food enthusiasts at this month's network social. Bring your own picnic dinner/snack or a dish to pass and share with others. Or just come for outside time together, a stroll through the Sculpture Walk, and maybe enjoy some of the great food in Elk Rapids. (Come early and stay late as you wish).

The Northwest Michigan Food and Farming network strives to build Northwest Michigan’s agricultural future by identifying areas of need throughout the region’s food system and coordinating action to address them. https://foodandfarmingnetwork.com/

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Field School - Spring
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Field School - Spring

Crosshatch Field Schools are hands-on, on-farm learning days—more than the 101 for farmers but friendly enough for homestead scale growers. Field Schools offer experienced instructors and small group sizes with both classroom time and field work for an in-depth education. Included is a local food lunch and a post-workshop hour to continue the discussion or catch up with your peers.

Field School Spring features these three tracks: Mushroom production with Bernie Ware, Herbs with Sierra Bigham and Grazing for Regenerative Farms with Jason Rowntree and Matt Raven and Soil.

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Artist After Hours: Creativity and Community Building
Apr
30
5:00 PM17:00

Artist After Hours: Creativity and Community Building

Come to connect with artists, creatives of all types and community leaders for this free monthly networking event. Join us at Commonplace for snacks and socializing in a vibrant community co-working space.

This month we're asking: What does artistry and creative vision
contribute to community building? Come to find fellowship and engaging conversation with others who are committed to art-driven approaches to community innovation.

This event is free, but please email Daniel to RSVP.

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Artist After Hours: Saving Spring Inspiration
Mar
26
5:30 PM17:30

Artist After Hours: Saving Spring Inspiration

Come to connect this month with fellow creatives and learn how to make your own simple notebook to capture observations, especially as the natural world continues waking up for spring. Artist Michelle Tock York will lead a journal making for you to create a simple Japanese notebook or pamphlet as a handy tool you to use to record your ideas and inspirations for your art. Hosted by the beautiful and inspiring Twisted Fish Gallery, located in Elk Rapids, we are excited to gather and share the ways we find and record inspirations to incorporate into our creative processes. Bring your own art supplies such as fine point pens or drawing pencils to spend some time sketching or journaling in the gallery or outside among sculptures and nature.

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Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

Choose from over 35 sessions covering specific crop and animal cultivation techniques, farm-wide management and production strategies, and business and marketing savvy.

Plus check out the two-day Trade Show, including the Friday evening cocktail hour with live music by 1000 Watt Prophets and NEW dinner ticket option. Also, we announce the return of the Farmer Bulletin Board and Seed Lounge, as well as a locally-certified lunch on both days.

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Farm School
Jan
25
9:00 AM09:00

Farm School

FLOWER SCHOOL with Gretel and Steve Adams of Sunny Meadows Flower Farm

HOOPHOUSE SCHOOL with Andrew Mefferd, author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook and The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution.

PERMACULTURE SCHOOL with Richard Perkins, author of Making Small Farms Work

Plus check out the two-day Trade Show, including the Friday evening cocktail hour with live music by 1000 Watt Prophets and NEW dinner ticket option.

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Artist After Hours—Women in Art at Higher Art Gallery
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours—Women in Art at Higher Art Gallery

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

We are excited to partner with woman-owned and operated Higher Arts Gallery in Traverse City in October. This fall evening, we desire to stir the conversation around women in art—the opportunities as well as the challenges. Artists of all genres are encouraged to attend for a full dialogue on the past, present and future role of women artists.

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

Field School - Fall

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

Choose from three tracks:

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

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

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

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

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

Artist After Hours—The Art of Storytelling

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

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

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GT Bees Workshop and Showcase—Beekeeping in Changing Times
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

GT Bees Workshop and Showcase—Beekeeping in Changing Times

  • Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Saturday September 15th from 10:00AM - 3:00pm at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station (Bingham Township), the Grand Traverse Beekeeping Club (GT Bees) is hosting a day of presentations and activities. This event is open to all including farmers, beekeepers and people interested to start keeping bees. Register until September 12th at bit.ly/beefair

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Twilight Tour—Planting for Pollinators
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Planting for Pollinators

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS:

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

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

Twilight Tour—Rooted in Permaculture

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

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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

Twilight Tour—Michigan Hop Alliance

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

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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

Field School - Summer

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

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

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