Positions are Still Available for Michigan State’s Farmer Training Program

Only two slots remaining for the 2013 cohort of the Organic Farmer Training Program at the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm! The Organic Farmer Training Program offers nine months of intensive instruction in year-round organic farming.  The program focuses on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits and herbs for local markets.  Participants manage all aspects of a 14.5-acre certified organic farm, including... Read More

Succession Strategies for Beginning Farmers

An important new report by Michigan State University highlights the issue of farm succession after retirement, which is of much interest to new, beginning farmers. How might this apply to those of us planning a career in farming? First of all, a large turnover is expected soon among longstanding farmers surveyed in Michigan. According to the report, 40 percent of small-farm owners in the state are over the age of 65, and about 35 percent of Michigan... Read More

From Strip Mall to Urban Farm: New Directions for Holland, Michigan

What an innovation! Eighth Day Farm in Holland, Michigan is undertaking an unusual urban farming technique: growing crops in a used strip mall.  They plan to replace more than an acre of old, unused blacktop replace fertile soil, and grow a new business on the site.  The hope is that, as the farm continues to develop, the increased traffic flow and activity will give the strip mall new life, perhaps encouraging businesses to return to the area. Photo... Read More