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    Field School - Summer 2019
    Field School - Summer 2019
    Bear Creek Farm EDUCATION
    Sun, July 21, 2019
    THIS EVENT IS 100% FREE!

    Crosshatch Field Schools are hands-on, on-farm learning days—going beyond the basics to support intermediate learners, but friendly enough for homestead-scale growers. Field Schools rely on experienced instructors and small group sizes, with both classroom time and field work for an in-depth education. Included is a local food lunch and a post-workshop social hour to continue the discussion in an informal way.

     

    Field School Summer is hosted by Bear Creek Organic Farm and Spirit of Walloon Market Garden, and features these three tracks:

     

    • Hoophouse Tomatoes and Cucumbers with Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organic Farm
    • Advanced Beekeeping with Ana Heck, Pollination research technologist at Michigan State University
    • Cut Flowers with Rachel Cross of Spirit of Walloon Market Garden

     

    Field School Summer Agenda

    9:30 to 10:00 am: Coffee and greeting

    10 am to 12:30 pm: Morning Sessions

    12:30 to 1:30 pm: Local lunch

    1:30 to 4:00 pm: Afternoon Sessions

    4:00 to 5:00 pm: Social hour with drinks and snacks 

     

    Choose from one of three tracks:

     

    Hoophouse Tomatoes and Cucumbers with Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organic Farm: Growing vining crops inside a hoophouse opens up a whole new world—increasing efficiency, reducing costs, producing more and better food and countering diseases. Learn how to get the most out of your tomatoes and cucumbers in the hoophouse with Brian Bates—owner of Bear Creek, one of the most productive farms in the state. Brian will take you into their six different hoophouses and show you how they trellis tomatoes to be eight feet tall and grow super straight cukes. You will get hands-on practice trellising and pruning and harvesting. (PLEASE NOTE: due to phytosanitary restrictions, tobacco users of any kind should not enroll in this class.)

     

    Advanced Beekeeping with Ana Heck, Pollination research technologist at Michigan State University: This one is for intermediate beekeepers with at least two years of experience. Tailored for Northern Michigan beekeepers, this workshop covers the pests and diseases specific to honey bees in our region, and offers a focus on how to prepare hives for winter to reduce colony loss. Also learn how understanding honey bee pheromones—an essential part of hive communication—can make you a stronger beekeeper. Includes hands-on time in a productive apiary, so bee suits are required. 

     

    Cut Flowers with Rachel Cross of Spirit of Walloon Market Garden: The market for flowers is shifting toward the local. Learn how to add gorgeous, ecologically-grown flowers to your operation, either for wholesale markets, event-based sales, or just for your own pleasure. Rachel will cover selection, propagation and the all-important harvest and post-harvest handling techniques, and discuss growing tips for field, hoophouse and greenhouse. See the fruits of your knowledge you gathered with your own fresh cut flowers by this time next year.


    Pricing: Thanks to the USDA and other grantmakers, as well as business sponsors, the ticket cost to you is far below the actual cost of running this event. If we received no subsidies and relied entirely on tickets to cover costs, each person would need to pay $175 to attend.

     

    We recognize that that price is not feasible for many farmers, students, seniors and folks with limited income. However, if you are able to pay $175, know that you are helping to keep the cost down for those who can’t afford it, and investing in future Crosshatch events and programs. 

     

    Our regular price is $87. If we sold every ticket at this price, plus our grant and sponsorship dollars, we would break even.

     

    Our scholarship rate is $48. We categorize this rate as applying to beginning farmers (first three years of operation, or a farm hand), students, seniors, activists and others with highly limited income. This is an honor system—you do not need to fill out a form or contact us to apply for this scholarship—please don’t abuse it.

     

    Tickets for Field School Summer are on sale through July 14th.


    Registration: Open
    All times are Eastern Time (unless otherwise specified)
    Event Date
    JUL
    21
    SUNDAY
    Registration Closes
    July 20, 2019 @ 12:30 am
    Location
    Address
    Bear Creek Organic Farm
    4012 Atkins Road
    Petoskey, MI  USA
    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FLOWER TRACK WILL TAKE PLACE AT SPIRIT OF WALLOON MARKET GARDEN, 02661 Camp Sherwood Rd, Boyne City, MI 49712.
    Selection Options
    US Dollar
     
    advanced beekeeping
    Advanced Beekeeping (Unsubsidized cost)
    Advanced Beekeeping (Unsubsidized cost)
    $ 175.00 


     
    Advanced Beekeeping (Midway cost)
    Advanced Beekeeping (Midway cost)
    $ 87.00 


     
    Advanced Beekeeping (Limited Income cost)
    Advanced Beekeeping (Limited Income cost)
    $ 48.00 


     
     
    trellis growing
    Trellis Growing Intensive (Unsubsidized cost)
    Trellis Growing Intensive (Unsubsidized cost)
    $ 175.00 


     
    Trellis Growing Intensive (Mid-way cost)
    Trellis Growing Intensive (Mid-way cost)
    $ 87.00 


     
    Trellis Growing Intensive (Limited Income cost)
    Trellis Growing Intensive (Limited Income cost)
    $ 48.00 


     
     
    flowers
    Flower Intensive (Unsubsidized cost)
    Flower Intensive (Unsubsidized cost)
    $ 175.00 


     
    Flower Intensive (Midway cost)
    Flower Intensive (Midway cost)
    $ 87.00 


     
    Flower Intensive (Limited Income cost)
    Flower Intensive (Limited Income cost)
    $ 48.00 


     
     
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    Meat Option
    Meat Option
     


     
    Vegetarian Option
    Vegetarian Option
     


     
    Gluten Free
    Gluten Free
     


     
    Dairy Free
    Dairy Free
     


     
    Nut free
    Nut free
     


     
    Other food allergies/preferences
    Other food allergies/preferences
     

    The coordinator will be contact with you to discuss your dietary needs

     
    I would like to discuss accessibility issues.
    I would like to discuss accessibility issues.
     

    The coordinator will be contact with you to discuss your needs

     
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