Foraging with W.E.E.D.S.:  Autumnberry Harvest & Picnic Potluck

By Wagbo Farm and Education Ctr.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 4:30 harvest, 6pm potluck at Raven's Roost Farm in Bellaire.

Join the Wagbo foraging group (W.E.E.D.S.) as we gather fruits from the delicious Autumberry at Raven's Roost Farm in Bellaire. Learn to identify this shrub and how to harvest and prepare its berries. They are easy to pick - even for the kids so bring them along. Don't forget your collection basket, bag or bucket. A dish to pass is welcomed but not required for the potluck (6pm); please bring your own table service and a chair or blanket if desired. For more information and directions to Raven's Roost Farm contact the Wagbo Farm at (231) 536-0333 or

Making It In Michigan Conference Nov 1

By Paula McIntyre

Friday, September 28, 2012

For new entrepreneurs or established food companies thinking about creating and launching that next new food product or idea, the fifth annual Making It In Michigan Product Center, the conference is designed to connect budding entrepreneurs and established food businesses with the resources of the center, including multiple educational sessions, a keynote address from a Michigan-based entrepreneur and owner of 140 coffee cafes in six states and the opportunity to network with over 150 vendors of Michigan specialty food products.

Conference attendees will leave the conference equipped with the practical knowledge and industry resources needed to move an idea from the concept stage to a finished and marketable product. Attendees will be able to corroborate and refine business ideas, connecting with industry experts offering insights and tips on managing the common hurdles often encountered by food companies, including food safety, production, working with co-packers, marketing and supply chain issues.

"This year's theme is "Sustainable to Sensational!" focusing on enabling excellence in your idea or business, not matter what your size or stage," states Matthew Birbeck, MSU Product Center's High Impact Venture Action Team Project Manager. "If you have an idea for a food business, a product developed and need distribution channels or just want to learn more about making your business more efficient and profitable, this is the one day you do not want to miss."

The Making It In Michigan Conference will be held Thursday, November 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

More information and conference registration materials are available at Those interested in attending can also call Greta McKinney at 517-353-7185 or send an email to

Bluestem FarmWarming

By island

Friday, September 28, 2012

Help Antrim County's newest farm start our first winter off right in our brand-new, 100-year-old location.

This October 27 from 3 PM - dark, you're invited to meet the animals and farmers of Bluestem Farm, tour the barns, woods, and fields, and share a big pot of soup with us in the big barn. Reservations appreciated via: or (231) 459-8968.

Bluestem Farm is located at 4218 M 32 (at the intersection of Adams and M 32) in East Jordan, MI.

You can also find this event at:

Radical Homemaking Skill Swap

By island

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Keep your table delicious, your evenings spirited, and your home clean the way they did 100 years ago.

Community experts from herbalists to backyard chicken farmers revive grandparent knowledge of days gone by with classes on breadmaking, natural cleaning, fermentation, and more. Cost is $15 for people registered before September 30, $20 for walk-ins and late registrants. Sign up at

Co-sponsored by ISLAND and Ware Farm, and supported by the USDA NRCS, NMSFC, BARC, Oryana, and Rising Star Wellness. For more information visit, call (231) 622-5252, or email

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