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Under the snow: SOIL! What we’re up to this winter…..

Although we are covered in a beautiful, deep layer of snow up here in Northern Michigan,  many of us garden-farmers are preparing for the coming growing season.  For O’k CSA and some of our Cooperative partners, it’s a time when we not only sort/organize our saved seeds, and begin planting charts and garden-bed planning, it’s also a time to delve deeper in areas of study that will benefit our gardens.  This year’s shared popular theme in Northern Michigan seems to be SOIL!
We’ve been planning, with a few of our other garden-farming partners to bring Dan Kitteridge of the Bionutrient Food Association to Michigan, and have scheduled a February 2-day workshop, with more information shared below.

But first, coming up very soon, is the annual Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference a welcome reprieve for our green-yearnings and a wonderful, annual winter gathering and social/networking event.  Last year, I had the challenging pleasure of graphically recording a three of the workshop sessions. (I’ll post some of those illustrated wall charts in the next few weeks.) This year, in a day before opportunity, on Friday, January 23rd, Peter Bane and Keith Johnson, two of our permaculture mentors, will be amongst those sharing wisdom and knowledge and giving a presentation at the Farm School…more info here:

The N. MI Small Farm Conference is a full day of workshops on farming, business planning, livestock, soil science and more. Friday evening keynote at the Hagerty Center is Winona LaDuke. Saturday’s keynote at the Grand Traverse Resort is Gary Zimmer. For more information and to register, visit
For those who wish to further study, plan and prepare for the growing season:
O’k CSA, Little Artshram, Baker’s Green Acres and the Anyone Can Farm program are co-sponsoring a 2-day workshop on High Bionutrient Crop Production  w. Dan Kitteridge, February 21 and 22nd  Our plans include creating a network w. others around the bio-region in acquiring shared resources, shared knowledge/support.  The learning focus of the series includes soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics. Also taking it out of the “classroom” to help establish a relational infrastructure among growers that will provide the basis for increasing collaboration between them, and also with the businesses and organizations that supply their needs and buy their products.REGISTRATION IN ADVANCE, necessary.


JOIN US in gaining greater knowledge and understanding of soil and crop production w. others who are growing food…The High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

DON’T FORGET:  You’ll need to have a soil test and bring info regarding your soil to the workshop. Here is a how-to….…

Held at Baker’s Green Acres in Marion, Michigan.

To make reservations for overnight stay, or for directions:


Co-sponsored by Bakers Green Acres, Anyone Can Farm program and Little Artshram and O’k CSA Cooperative

Additional info, regarding car-pooling from TC:
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