9/4/2013 11:00:00 AM Farm, food and forest; College offers upcoming fall workshops
Jessica Evans News Manager
With fall right around the corner, North Central Michigan College is gearing up once again for their upcoming Farm, Food and Forest workshops, which are available through NCMC Corporate & Community Education Department.
The workshops were first offered in Spring 2012 as a response to an increasing interest from local residents about local food, farming and gardening opportunities.
According to Helen Leithauser, Corporate & Community Education Business Training Coordinator, there will be some of the same workshops offered last year due to their popularity, including Fungi of Northern Michigan, taught by mycologist Marilynn Smith. Several new workshops will be offered as well, including one on seed saving and another on building root cellars for food storage, both taught by instructor Larry Dyer.
The NCMC Corporate & Community Education Department will also offer Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics & Sustainability, a six week course with workshops offered every Monday evening that cover a variety of food-related topics, including the impact food has on politics, ethics, health and other issues.
"Not only are people wanting to eat healthier and to know where their food comes from, but they also want to get back to basic survival skills, which includes knowing how to grow and preserve their own food," Leithauser said. "Communities are really starting to come together to help each other achieve this."
Several other workshops and events will be offered, including a presentation on local food systems by Wendy Wieland, MSU extension Agriculture Innovative Counselor. This event will give information about this area's food and farm communities and what consumers and can do to strengthen it. The presentation will be free of charge.
Around the Table: A Food and Farming Roundtable will be offered as a day-long event which will open to farmers, food producers, restaurateurs, and local food enthusiasts alike. The roundtable will include presentations, discussion groups, a luncheon and more as part of this event. The college's research project, Portrait of Emmet County's Farm Community, will be presented at the roundtable, as well.
As part of the college's International Events series, they will offer Run Across Palestine: International Justice & Local Food, which will host Timothy Young, founder, president and chef of Food for Thought, Inc., which produces organic and wild-harvested speciality foods. Young has strove to create social justice through a global sustainable food system and will speak about his experiences at this event, which is free of charge.
Many of NCMC's Farm, Food and Forest events are centered around Local Foods Month, which takes place in October. Local Foods Month is a collaboration of several community organizations and groups to promote and educate individuals about creating a sustainable local food system. The month long event, which has been expanded from last year's Local Foods Week, will include several food related activities and workshops throughout the month of October.
"We had a great response to last year's Local Foods Week, and had quite a few people involved," Leithauser noted. "This year we're planning some more things, and are partnering with some great local groups to make this year's Local Foods Month a success."
For more information about NCMC's fall workshops or Local Food Month, go to www.ncmich.edu/cce or call 231-348-6613 or 231-348-6705.