Upcoming Workshop Opportunities for Specialty Crop Farmers

09/16/2014

Photo courtesy of MSU Student Organic Farm. (view larger image)

Photo courtesy of MSU Student Organic Farm.

With support from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, the U.P. Food Exchange, Kinexus and Morse Marketing Connections are offering two upcoming workshops geared toward specialty crop farmers. 

The U.P. Food Exchange, in partnership with Morse Marketing Connections, would like to invite you to a free webinar to learn about potential ways to grow your business and connect to new markets in the Upper Peninsula.

Boot Camp for Farmers – Financial and Food Safety Success
Monday, September 22, 2014
Workshop will be held via webinar: https://connect.msu.edu/upfe/
6:00 - 8:30 pm

Webinar is Free, please RSVP below

Note: If you have not been on an adobe connect webinar before, please use this link to test your internet connection ahead of time: http://connect.msu.edu/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Financial and food safety experts will share successful ways specialty crop farmers are opening doors to new markets through improved financial readiness and food safety practices, and Ann Herrington of Greenstone Farm Credit will be presenting on financial literacy and business planning for profitability. In addition, the U.P. Food Exchange will provide an update on how to reach new markets and the resources they are providing regarding food safety including the Group GAP pilot. Please RSVP by Friday, September 19, 2014, by calling 906-635-6368 or by contacting .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The second workshop will be hosted by Kinexus, in partnership with Morse Marketing Connections. 


Boot Camp for Farmers - Financial and Food Safety Success
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Kinexus Office

499 W. Main Street
Benton Harbor, MI

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Workshop is Free, please RSVP below


Jacob McManus of Greenstone Farm Credit will be presenting on financial literacy and business planning for profitability, including the one-page business plan, and MDARD’s Tim Slawinski will also be presenting on Food Safety and GAP certification. The workshop will take place from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Please RSVP by Friday, September 19, 2014 using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/87LCKTP, or contact Chad Gerencer at 231-740-4056 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Note: Participants coming from more than 30 miles may request travel reimbursement.