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Whole Farm Health: a North Shore Farm Extension Short Course

Sponsoring Organization: MSUE

Date: Sunday, August. 28, 2016

Start Time: 1:00 p.m.

End Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location : The North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI

Description of the Event: The North Farm is hosting a series of Extension short courses starting in April on topics designed for market gardeners, small farms, and skill-seekers interested in gardening and farming. These short courses are an in-depth exploration of farming fundamentals and best practices taught by multiple instructors. Come to The North Farm for 5-hour learning sessions with an emphasis on hands-on activities so you can practice what you learn in class. Each short course includes the cost of materials for a project that is part of the instruction (1 set of materials per registration). Activities include using low hoop benders, building a strap hoe, saving seeds, and learning to test soil respiration. All short courses start at 1 p.m. EST and are located at The North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI - 1 mile north of the Village of Chatham on the Rock River Road Whole Farm Health - Sunday, August. 28, 2016 1 - 6 p.m. - Viewing the farm as an organism makes us consider all the living beings that affect everyday life on the farm. From creating a nourishing environment for soil microbes to ways to control pests organically, this short course examines best practices for soil, water, and insect management. Hands-on: Take a soil sample (or bring one from home) and test respiration - Topics: Cover cropping, Soil testing, Integrated pest management, Environmental verifications; Pollinators.  Cost $30 for each course or $100 for all 4.  FARM RATE AVAILABLE for multiple attendees from one farm. $45 for each course or $150 for all courses.  More info at

Education Credit Hours: 5.0

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