Michigan Organic Farmers Collaborate on Directing Research at Michigan State University

07/1/2013

Moving towards ever more sustainable ways of growing food is critical to a good food system. Many Michigan farmers interested in organic growing methods can benefit from research that supports their specific business needs and situations.

This year, the annual Michigan Organic Reporting Session provided an opportunity for 37 farmers from across the state to have a facilitated dialogue with researchers and agri-business owners.

The event, held each March, is hosted by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems. The farmers represented were mostly organically certified or following organic practices, and represented a wide array of production types and scales as well as marketing strategies. Participants gave input and direction on eight specific areas - year-round production, soil quality and health, organic grains, value-added marketing, composting, livestock, vegetables and fruits. This session generated not only valuable networking and learning opportunities, but many ideas and approaches to guide the work of MSU researchers and educators. The notes for the day are available at: MSU Organic Farming Exchange.