Jan. 24 and 25, 2020
Farmers, home-scale growers, students, food producers and eaters will gather at the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference. Together, they will network, share ideas and gain new skills that will make small farms in Michigan more economically viable and environmentally sustainable.
The Northern Michigan conference will be held Jan. 24-25 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme. For information, go to: http://www.smallfarmconference.com.
MBPN Annual Conference
Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
The MBPN Annual Conference returns to MSU’s Kellogg Center in East Lansing.
Sleeping Bear Dunes Barn Workshop
June 15 – 19, 2020
We return again to the Miller Barn at Port Oneida to complete the additional timber floor beams and framing that we discovered while repairing the main threshing floor. There is still work to do to repair the deteriorated loft floor as well above the milking parlor. Work will also include repairing the animal stalls, and wood window and door repairs will also be on the agenda as well.
We will again offer camping on site at Miller Barn. Thank you to those who did so in 2019, and made some suggestions for 2020; those suggestions are in the works as well.
The park campgrounds are available as an online reservation that you must make yourself and pay for in advance starting no earlier than 6 months prior to the first day you intend to camp. Please go to recreation.gov to make and pay for those reservations on your own. Once you attend the barn workshop, the camping fees will be reimbursed to you.
2019 Fall Barn School Workshops
Two hands-on Barn School classes were held in September 2019. Participants spent a Saturday assessing the condition and stability of a barn to determine its needs. They learned about barn architecture, construction, maintenance and repair approaches.
- Sept. 14 in Northern Michigan (Wexford and Kalkaska counties): Workshop included a stone repointing demonstration. Instructors: Steve Stier and Tammis Donaldson.
- Sept. 28 in Grass Lake (Jackson County): Projects included closing a gap in the basement foundation wall and adding a support column at a rotted beam connection. Instructors: Tammis Donaldson, Stephanie White and Steve Stier.
To inquire about future Barn School programs, contact: Steve Stier at email@example.com.
Romeo Barn Tour
Sept. 21, 2019
The Romeo Historical Society sponsors an annual barn tour on the third Saturday in September. One of the seven featured barns in 2019 was a Michigan Barn Preservation Network “Barn of the Year” awardee. Mt. Bruce Farm, on Bordman Rd in Bruce Township, received the honor in 2019 for the owner’s stewardship and preservation effort to maintain the barn’s condition and outstanding character.
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