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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

Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Texas Township Campus) 

6767 W O Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

 

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.

 

Youth Programming

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. 

 

2020 Exhibitors

We’re pleased to welcome the following exhibitors:

AgrAbility

Altenergy, Inc.

Certified Naturally Grown

Fair Food Network

Food Bank Council

GreenStone Farm Credit Services

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Michigan Agricultural Mediation Program

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)

Michigan Farmers Market Association

Michigan Food and Farming Systems

Michigan Good Food Charter

Michigan State Horticultural Society

Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance

Morgan Composting

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

MSU Extension Community Food Systems

MSU Product Center/Michigan Good Food Fund

MSU Student Organic Farm

Nature and Nurture Seeds

North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)

Produce Safety Alliance

Taste the Local Difference

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) *

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Great Lakes Region

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA)

 

*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 info@miffs.org or 517-709-8271

Sponsors

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.

Food Donations

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. 

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Physical Address: 2438 Woodlake Circle, Building 2, Okemos, MI 48864

Mailing Address: 480 Wilson Road, Room 172, East Lansing, MI 48824  

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