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Field School - Summer

  • Bear Creek Organic Farm 4012 Atkins Road Petoskey, MI, 49770 United States (map)

Crosshatch Field Schools are hands-on, on-farm learning days. Field Schools offer experienced instructors and small group sizes with both classroom time and field work for in-depth education. Included is a local food lunch and a post-workshop social networking hour.

Field School Summer Line-up
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 

Choose from one of three tracks:

Tomato and Cucumber Growing with Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organic Farm: Growing vining crops outside is one thing, but inside a hoophouse opens a whole new world! You will learn about best practices for getting the most out of your tomatoes and cucumbers in the hoophouse. Brian, owner of Bear Creek, one of the most productive farms in the state, will take you into their six different hoophouses and show you how they trellis tomatoes to be 8 feet tall and grow super straight cukes. You will get hands-on practice trellising and pruning and harvesting. (Due to phytosanitary restrictions, absolutely no tobacco users of any kind, please.)

Advanced Beekeeping with Ana Heck of the University of Minnesota: Ana Heck, a pollination research technologist from MSU, beekeeper, and instructor will cover honey bee pests and diseases in the hive and how to prepare your hives for winter—a must in our climate. Also, learn how understanding honey bee pheromones can lead to better beekeeping. Don’t miss this special course with hands-on opportunities in the bee yard in a productive Northern Michigan apiary. (Beekeepers must have been keeping bees for 2+ years and have a bee suit to attend.)

Flowers with Rachel Cross of Spirit of Walloon Market Garden: Flowers are magical. From birds, to bees, to humans, we all can’t seem to get enough of their visual and olfactory tonic. Come to this beginner to intermediate course into growing flowers. Learn how to start off right by choosing the right flowers for your farm and how flower propagation works for various varieties. You will come away from the day having learned the tips for growing flowers in the field, hoophouse, and greenhouse, and harvest and post-harvest handling techniques. See the fruits of your knowledge you gathered with your own fresh cut flowers by this time next year.

We are committed to making Field School as financially accessible to all who wish to participate. To that end, we offer a sliding scale. Please choose the tier that best fits you based on the descriptions below.

The unsubsidized cost:
$175.00: This is the unsubsidized cost per person. Please select this amount if you have the means. This helps us keep costs low for folks on a limited budget.

The base cost:
$87.00: Not too high, not too low! This is a great value. This tier is appropriate for someone in their 4th year of farming or someone who is a grower/gardener with an additional job or source of income.

The budget-friendly cost:
$48.00: If you have a limited budget, this option is for you! This tier is appropriate for a student, a farmer/owner in your first 3 years of your farm business, or someone working as a farm hand/farm employee

Tickets for Field School Summer on sale May 13th through July 14th. More information and tickets can be found online at

Earlier Event: June 1
Skill Swap