Promoting Appreciation, Preservation, and Rehabilitation of Michigan Barns, Farmsteads, and Rural Communities Since 1995

Join Us At The 23rd MBPN Annual Conference

Inside of the Agro-Liquid Fertilizers Museum located in St. Johns, MI.
-Photo courtesy of Keith Kehlbeck

Mark your calendars, get your cameras ready and register for the Michigan Barn Preservation Network’s 23rd Annual Conference set for May 4-5, 2018 at the Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers World Headquarters and Museum in St. Johns, Michigan.

We have a packed weekend this year with our highly anticipated barn tours, a Friday night dinner presenter with some Michigan barn stories and packed day on Saturday of presentations and reconnecting with friends. Maybe even connecting with some new friends, too.

All the details and registration information can be found on our MBPN Annual Conference page, including agenda, events and lodging near the conference.

Sign-up early to make sure you have a spot.

The PreConference MI Barn Newsletter Now Available.

You can download the 2018 pre-conference newsletter right here. In side you’ll find:

  • 2018 Annual Conference Information
  • A preview of the 2018 Spring Barn Tour
  • And more…


Michigan Barn Preservation Network Accepting Nominations for 2018 Barn of the Year Awards

January 23, 2018 – The Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MBPN) is requesting submissions for its 2018 Michigan Barn of the Year awards. Winners of the awards will be announced at the 23rd Annual Conference scheduled for May 4-5, 2018 at the AgroLiquid Education Center located in St. Johns, Michigan.

Photo of Ottawa County Parks barn; Ottawa County, MI.

2016 Barn of the Year Award Winner. Ottawa County, MI.

The Barn of the Year Program annually honors existing Michigan barns that exemplify outstanding character in our state. Nominated barns must have been built before 1957, and be in-use either for continued agricultural use or adapted for others uses. Barns must retrain their overall appearance, including both interior and exterior barn characteristics.

This is the 21st year MBPN has presented its “Barn of the Year” Awards. A total of 69 barns from across Michigan have been recognized since the inception of this award.

Nominations are open to the public and are reviewed and selected by MBPN Awards Committee members.

Award Categories:

  1. Continuing Family or Private Agricultural Use
  2. Family or Private Adaptive Use
  3. Non-Profit Agricultural or Adaptive Use
  4. Commercial Agricultural or Adaptive Use

Nominations must be postmarked by March 23, 2018.


To see last year’s winners, please take a look at the following presentation:

2017 Barn of the Year Award Presentation  (848KB PDF)

2018 Submission Forms & Guidelines

2018 Barn of the Year Award Nominations Announcement (70KB PDF)

2018 MBPN Barn of the Year Application Form (544KB PDF)

Michigan Barn & Farmstead Survey Form (681KB PDF)

More Information:

For further information or to request mailed forms contact:

Keith Anderson, Chairman of the MBPN Barn of the Year committee:

Phone: 616-540-6701

Fall Barn & Color Tour

For details of the tour please click here for the Fall Newsletter.


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The Granary has found a new Home!

MBPN has completed the sale of the Granary to a family in Bruce Township, Michigan.

Click here for details of the Granary project.