3/21/2013 1:16:00 PM New farming, gardening agriculture network formed
Jessica Evans News Manager
Farmers, gardeners, and agriculture enthusiasts alike will have the chance to meet, share ideas and resources due to a new farming network developed by the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND) in Bellaire. The newly formed Small Farm Guild is open to anyone interested in agriculture and will host numerous farm related events such as technical workshops, conferences, social gatherings, mentoring, and more.
"This is open to gardeners, homesteaders, small farmers or even someone who has been farming for over 30 years," said Amanda Kik, Co-Director of ISLAND. "Our goal is for the people in the guild to guide it. If a need arises for farm equipment, which is typically very expensive, we could purchase it and it would be shared through the guild. Basically, this guild is designed to meet the needs to our farming community."
Kik noted that with more people becoming interested in food and farming, there is a need for this type of networking program in the area.
"People are beginning to want to know where their food comes from and they are taking that a step further by growing their own," she said.
The Small Farm Guild has three different chapters, one specifically for the Emmet County area, one the Traverse City area, and also for Charlevoix and surrounding areas. Kik noted that anyone is welcome to attend any of the regional meetings or events.
"This is just a great way for people to share ideas and learn from others," she said.
An informational meeting about the Small Farm Guild will be held on March 28 at 6:30 p.m.at North Central Michigan College. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information about the meeting or more upcoming events, go to www.artmeetsearth.org or call 231-622-5252.