Welcome to the Organic Farming Exchange

Join us for a tour of MSU Season Extension Organic Cherry and Raspberry Production Tour and Twilight Meeting

High Tunnel Organic Fruit Production
Twilight Meeting and Tour
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7 -­9 pm.
MSU Horticulture Teaching and Research Center
3291 College Road, East Lansing, MI

Tunnels are located along College Road to the North (right) as you enter the parking lot of HTRC.
Look for signage.  

Sharing Research Results On:

Organic cherry Production
Organic raspberry Production
Production using 3-­‐season tunnels
Space efficient trellising systems
Pest management
Soil health

Program is free and open to the public
MSU Ice cream will be offered for refreshment
For access accommodations or info please contact:
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517-­282-­3557  (Vicki)

 Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University

This site offers educational information and resources on certification, agronomic production, soil health and marketing. We welcome your input for additional needs or to share resources and news. Send comments to Vicki, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

According to the USDA, there were 256 organic agriculture operations in Michigan in 2008, for a total of 58,077 acres of farmland. A 2008 National Organic Production Survey counted 14,540 organic farms and ranches in the US, comprising 4.1 million acres of land. The results of the 2012 National Agriculture Survey will be available February 2014.


2014 Organic Reporting Session Report

The day was filled with new, questions, ideas and over 60 farmers sharing their questions and thoughts on research useful for their farm business.


• Fruit production and insect organic management –Matt Grieshop, MSU Dept of Entomology Orchard floor beneficial insects.pdf  orchardspraybrochweb.pdf

• Organic raspberry and cherry in Haygrove Tunnel systems-­‐Eric Hanson, MSU Dept Of Horticulture  Organic raspberries.pdf

• Food waste compost and Production= systems update using hot compost and worms-­‐‐ John Biernbaum, MSU Dept of Horticulture And MSU Student Organic Farm  Food Scrap Composting and Vermicomposting Update for 20132.pdf

• New bio fungicides and compost teas for disease management- Annimiek Schilder-Dept of Plant, Soils and Microbiology. Organic disese management - Schilder .pdf

• Organic soybean varieties for Michigan-­‐‐ Dan Rossman, MSUE Central Mi (Gratiot County) And AABI team Organic Soybean Plot Summary 2013 21.pdf

• Weed management with less tillage-­‐‐ Dan Brainard, MSU Dept Of Horticulture. More to come…..