The Michigan Family Farms Conference is more than just a conference. Year after year, farmers, educators, and food system professionals gather to network, learn, and share resources and experiences. We also come together to celebrate diversity, expand our knowledge of sustainable agriculture, and strengthen the supportive network of farmers that we know is essential for building resilient farms.
The Michigan Family Farms Conference offers beginning, small-scale, and culturally diverse farmers a chance to network, learn, and build sustainable family farms. It is an energizing, hands-on event featuring multiple tracks of breakout sessions plus a youth track to engage the whole family.
“Nurturing Resilient Farms – 2020 & Beyond”
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Registration and check in starts at 8:00 am! Day-of registration is available and payment may be made by credit card, cash, or check.
If you are bringing youth, please check in at the registration table and you will be directed to the youth programming classroom for parent orientation. The youth track includes a day of fun, hands-on activities that highlight career paths in food, agriculture, and natural resources. This track is presented by 4-H; FoodCorps Michigan; KVCC Food Innovation Center; MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; MSU Extension; and MSU Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS).
2020 Keynote Address
Speaking on behalf of this year’s theme of resiliency, we’re excited to welcome Pakou Hang, Executive Director Emeritus of the Hmong American Farmers Association as the keynote speaker! In the keynote address, “We Were Made for These Times,’ Pakou Hang will share her analysis of past social movements and what light they may shine on our understanding of the current troubles facing small family farmers. What does our past teach us about what is to come? And how should we meet that uncertain future?
Michigan Family Farms Conference Planning Team
The conference is made possible by a dedicated planning team consisting of FoodCorps Michigan, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Food and Farming Systems, MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension, North Central SARE, USDA Farm Service Agency, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
2020 Workshops and Schedule
You can find a short version of the conference and workshop schedule here.
We’re pleased to welcome the following exhibitors:
*The USDA Farm Service Agency is offering a special opportunity for producers to learn more about accessing USDA programs and getting a head start on registering their farm numbers, which is an essential first step for participating in any USDA program. Find out more here.
The Michigan Family Farms Conference is a certified local food event.
For more information or if you have any questions about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or 517-709-8271
Thank you to all of the sponsors and partners for your generous support! In addition to the sponsors below, the conference is also made possible by a grant from the USDA 2501 Program – Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers.
Thank you to all of the businesses that have made food donations for the conference this year! Part of helping to support farmers and food systems is sourcing locally. We are grateful for all of the local farmers and producers that support the conference.