Michigan Organic Farming Exchange

Welcome! The Organic Farming Exchange (OFE) is a tool offered by the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University and the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. The site is a portal for cooperative exchange between agricultural producers and farmers. As such, it provides educational resources and programs for farmers and outreach to communities globally.

Read more about OFE, or subscribe the Michigan Organic Listserv on our contact page.

 Organic Reporting Session – March 13

The Organic Reporting Session will offer research presentations on production research and host discussions for farmers to identify their key priorities and ask questions on organic production. Please click here to register online with the Center for Regional Food Systems. Follow the “Register for Event” page to fill out the registration form.

  • March 13, 2015 at 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Brody Complex (MSU), 241 Brody Service Rd East Lansing, MI
  • All-inclusive cost: $25.00 for farmers, $30.00 for others

For schedule information download the flyer, or see the event page.

And if you have trouble accessing the registration link, please copy and paste the following web address: https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3714

 Organic Farmer Training Program

The OFTP is a unique opportunity for new and beginning farmers seeking intensive instruction in year-round organic production. It is designed to teach both production and management skills in an environment where personalized learning goals and training are emphasized. Students engage in the management of the Student Organic Farm’s production for the farm’s primary markets, including a 48-week CSA, a 7-month on-campus farm stand, and sales to campus dining services.

Program Details

  • March 2 – November 20, 2015
  • $8900.00 plus books and materials

Program Offerings

  • A certificate in Organic Farming from MSU’s Student Organic Farm, the Department of Horticulture, and the Center for Regional Food Systems
  • Management of passive solar greenhouses for cold climate year-round production
  • Access and exposure ta variety of job opportunities, conferences, and organizations
  • Connections to a local, regional, national, and global network of people active in the sustainable agriculture movement
  • Technical knowledge and skills including organic marketing, management, production and handling

Available Scholarships

  • Merit & Need-based Scholarships:
    Scholarships range from $500 to $4,000 and are applied directly to program fees
  • Michigan Good Food Charter Scholarship for People of Color:
    One or two scholarships will be awarded in 2015 in the amount of $10,000 and are disbursed directly to the student

For application questions and information regarding program components and logistics, please contact Denae Friedheim at 517-449-3290 or by email.