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Guilds provide peer-to-peer learning, mentorship, demonstrations, swapping, bartering, sharing work and celebrating community. Guild members share the strength of many through advocacy, problem solving, collective bargaining, and shared marketing.
Crosshatch's guilds grew out of a national program called Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT). For information about becoming a guild member, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of the current Crosshatch Guilds, their main activities and meeting schedule. Meeting and location times are subject to change. Keep an eye on the Crosshatch Events page for specific meeting information.
Small Farm Guilds
The Small Farm Guilds are organized by farmers for farmers, though anyone who is interested in farming or growing food at a home-scale is welcome to join. Crosshatch currently supports Small Farm Guilds in three regions of Northern Michigan. The Little Traverse Bay guild is based in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties, East Bay members hail from Antrim and Kalkaska Counties, and the West Bay guild comes from Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Counties.
Main guild activities:
The East Bay Small Farm Guild meets from 5-7pm on the fourth Wednesdays of the month at Short’s Brewing Company in downtown Bellaire.
The Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild is not meeting with regularity at this time.
The West Bay Small Farm Guild currently meets bi-annually at The Workshop Brewing Company in Traverse City. As interest grows for a monthly meeting, we'll post updated times and locations here.
This network of beekeepers includes everyone from hobbyists to professional beekeepers. Members learn from each other and through workshops. Crosshatch currently supports beekeepers builds in two regions of Northern Michigan. The Little Traverse Bay guild is based in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties, and the West Bay guild comes from Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Counties.
on-farm instructional classes
community education events
The Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild meets from 6-8pm on the third Thursdays of the month at Bear Creek Township Hall in Petoskey.
The Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club meets from 6:30-8:30pm on the first Thursdays at Traverse City Senior Center.
Check out the Grand Traverse Beekeepers Club website for beekeeping articles and more information.
Herbalists and herb-enthusiasts get together monthly to discuss foraging, growing and utilizing herbs in a variety of applications. Crosshatch currently supports one Herb Guild in Northern Michigan. The West Bay Herb Guild has members from Leelanau, Benzie, and Grand Traverse County. The only requirement for membership is a desire to learn about herbs.
MAIN GUILD ACTIVITIES:
herb focused workshops
herb-related craft making
seminars on herbs
The Herb Guild is not meeting with regularity, but members frequently share related events and information through an email group.
For people interested in animal fibers, natural dye plants, knitting, weaving, spinning and more, from hobbyists to textile entrepreneurs. Members learn from each other and through organized functions. Crosshatch currently supports two Fiber Guilds in Northern Michigan. The Little Traverse Bay Fiber Guild draws fiber artists and farmers from Emmet, Charlevoix and Antrim Counties, and the West Bay Fiber Guild has members from Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Counties. The only requirement for membership is an interest in fiber and textile arts and farming.
coordinates larger-scale events
The Fiber Guild does not meet regularly.
Fruit and Nut Guilds
From backyard fruit and nut growers to established orchardists, the climate of Northern Michigan is ideal for fruit production. The only requirement for membership is a desire to grow fruit trees.
Main guild activities:
grafting and pruning workshops
seminars on disease prevention and tree care
The Fruit & Nut Guild doesn’t currently meet on a regular basis.
Green Building Guilds
For those interested in learning alternative building techniques. With a focus on the climate and resources of Northern Michigan, Green Building Guild members share knowledge of materials and techniques for the home or on the farm. All are welcome, from inexperienced volunteers to experienced builders. The only requirements for membership is a desire to learn alternative building techniques.
Main activities are hands-on:
The Green Building Guild doesn’t currently meet on a regular basis.
Inspired by the Small Scale Grain workshop with farmer Craig Schaaf and bakers Gerard Grabowski and Jan Shireman in the summer of 2014, the Grain Guild provides a platform for sharing the emerging interest in the many aspects of local grain production.
Desires of the group:
seed saving and sharing
documenting what varieties work in our Northern Michigan climate
testing how the grains are best used for pastry, breads, spirits, and/or oils
sharing experience with tools and equipment in small scale production
The Grain Guild doesn’t currently meet on a regular basis.
Mushroom Growers Guild
The focus of the Mushroom Growers Guild is growing mushrooms at home or on the farm. It is an informal group interested in learning more about mushroom production. You need not grow mushrooms to join the guild.
mushroom yard tours
farmer-led, day-long intensives
log inoculation work bees
The Mushroom Growers Guild doesn’t currently meet on a regular basis.