Seed Guild Potluck Meeting

What?
Seed Guild Potluck Meeting. After a strong turnout of over 40 people at the October 24th Seed Party and Potluck @Grow Benzie, the group agreed to keep the momentum going and to meet again before the holiday season.

Why?
To formulate how the guild operates- goals, structure, roles- and find out what everyones interests are for the other seed projects & ideas presented in October: library, seed garden, exchanges, educating, sharing stories. Please bring a dish to pass for the potluck if you’re able, but not necessary.

Who?
Everyone is welcome

When?
Tuesday, November 14 @6pm

How Much?
Free

Where?
Grow Benzie Event Center
5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115)
Benzonia, MI 49616
**1 mile west of stoplight in Benzonia
**5 miles east of Frankfort
**20 miles west of Interlochen
**16 miles north of Bear Lake

Questions?
info@GrowBenzie.org or 231-882-9510

Winterizing the Beehives

WHAT?
Benzie Area Beekeepers Guild will be winterizing the Grow Benzie hives for the final time in 2017. Join the group to check drop boards for mites, wrap the hives and stack straw bails for protection from the elements. We’ll also discuss our meeting plans for during the winter and spring months.

WHEN?
Wednesday, November 8th at 4:30pm

WHO?
All ages welcome.

HOW MUCH?
Free.

WHERE?
Grow Benzie 5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115), Benzonia, 49616
30 minutes west of Traverse City
30 minutes north of Manistee
1 mile west of stoplight in Benzonia
5 miles east of Frankfort

Questions: 231-882-9510

Concert: Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards

Performer info?
Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.
Their new CD, Grain by Grain, demonstrates an ever progressive richness in songwriting and performance. From the opening title song through its closing track—“Across the Morning”—it is an exemplar of what modern Americana can and should be. I maintain that Mark and Raianne’s previous CD—Hard Times & Woes—is one of those rare singularly perfect albums, but with Grain by Grain this talented duo takes it all to a new level, rivaling their earlier effort with terrific original songs beautifully presented.
Over the years, Mandeville & Richards have shared the stage with acts like Garnet Rogers, Melanie Safka, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, John Gorka, Willie Watson, Pierce Pettis, Pokey LaFarge, Joan Osborne, Mustard’s Retreat, Atwater & Donnely, Antje Duvekot, and David Wax Museum – in 2015, while showcasing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, appeared on stage with Tom Paxton.
 
When?
Saturday, October 14th at 7:30pm
 
Where?
Grow Benzie
5885 Frankfort Highway, Benzonia 49616
1 mile west of stoplight (M115/US31)
 
How much?
$15 in advance and $20 at the door
Outlets: East Shore Market in Beulah, Corner Drug in Frankfort, Frankfort Bookstore or Grow Benzie.
 
Who?
All ages are welcome.
 
More info?
231-882-9510

Farm Series: Mushroom Production

What?
Grow Benzie Farm Series: Mushroom Production. Participants will increase their understanding of spawn, innoculation and incubation of several mushroom varieties inlcuidng shiitakes, oysters, lion’s mane, and wine cap. Guest presenter includes Bernie from Ware Farms and Casey from Five Springs Farm.

Who?
Farmers, beginning producers, retiring/transitioning producers, organic producers, specialty crop producers, sustainable producers, value-added producers, small business owners

When?
Thursday, Septebmer 28th, from 6-8:00pm

Why?
Sponsored by the USDA-Risk Management Agency and in partnership with Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, this workshop aims to share knowledge with producers to increase their viability and reduce financial, production, and marketing risks. Grow Benzie’s goal is to deepen relationships between organizations, farmers, and the community.

How Much?
$5 per person

Where?
Grow Benzie: 5885 Frankfort Hwy (M115), Benzonia, 49616
Questions: 231-882-9510

Sauerkraut & Kimchi Workshop

What?
Sauerkraut & Kimchi… it’s not rocket science. Naturally fermented cabbage provides probiotics, designed by nature to enhance your internal flora and fauna. Join the team as we cut cabbage and veggies, add to brine, and make the Good Stuff!
 
Chris Schnepf, full-time brewer Stormcloud Brewing Company will be hosting the workshop. Here’s a greeting from him-
“Hello fellow Earthlings, my name is Chris Schnepf and I ferment things for my job, for my health, and for other’s overall well-being. I came to a breaking point in my life a year or two ago; where I made the conscious decision to change my diet, lifestyle, and state of mind to begin healing the root causes of some issues I deal with personally; versus constantly trying to treat the symptoms. Some mental, some physical, some exterior, some internal. This is where fermented beverages and foods became a huge part of my life. I now have a strong sense in life to educate/help grow consciousness on the health of our bodies, minds, and spirits through fermentation.”
 
When?
Monday, October 16th: 5:30-7:00pm
 
Who?
All ages are welcome!
 
Where?
Grow Benzie
5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115), Benzonia 49616
1 mile west of Benzonia/US-31, 5 miles east of Frankfort/M-22
 
How much is the class?
$10.00 per person (2 free spaces available as scholarship, call to reserve)
 
Questions and RSVP:
Charlie at 231-882-9510 or info@GrowBenzie.org

Community Seed Saving Party and Potluck

What?
Grow Benzie Farm Series: Community Seed Saving Party and Potluck . Join us for this fun and informative conversation and potluck with Ben Cohen, owner of Small House Farm; Jan Shireman, local homesteader and seed-saver; and Casey Chinnock of Five Springs Farm. Participants will share seeds and stories while we discuss how to build a stronger and more sustainable seed community. We’ll discuss the importance of genetic diversity, regional adaptability and the potential for starting a seed library right here in Benzie! We will also talk about forming a local seed guild and gauge interest on starting a seed production garden for our area!  Bring a dish to pass for the potluck and any seeds you might have to share in the seed exchange.
Ben Cohen is the owner of Small House Farm, a sustainable homestead project in Sanford, MI, where he is an heirloom seed activist and educator. Ben travels the Midwest sharing his passion for gardening and seed saving while also sharing seeds with everyone that he meets! He has helped to open nearly two dozen seed libraries in his home state and has grown seed crops commercially for Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, the Rare Vegetable Seed Consortium and Annie’s Heirloom Seeds.
Who?
Farmers, beginning producers, retiring/transitioning producers, organic producers, specialty crop producers, sustainable producers, value-added producers, small business owners
When?
Tuesday, October 24, from 6pm-9pm.
 
Where?
Grow Benzie Event Center 5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115) Benzonia, MI 49616 **1 mile west of stoplight in Benzonia **5 miles east of Frankfort **20 miles west of Interlochen **16 miles north of Bear Lake
Why?
Sponsored by the USDA-Risk Management Agency and in partnership with Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, this workshop aims to share knowledge with producers to increase their viability and reduce financial, production, and marketing risks. Grow Benzie’s goal is to deepen relationships between organizations, farmers, and the community.
How Much?
Free!    Donations welcome.  RSVPs are not necessary.  Event will take place rain or shine.
Contact Info@GrowBenzie.org or 231-882-9510

 

Seed Saving Workshop with Craig Schaaf

What?
Grow Benzie Farm Series: Seed Saving. Discussion will include how to grow mineral-dense food in order to get high quality seeds, how to harvest and store seeds, as well as how to take the seeds out of storage and sow properly. Guest presenter is Craig Schaaf of Golden Rule Farm.
Who?
Farmers, beginning producers, retiring/transitioning producers, organic producers, specialty crop producers, sustainable producers, value-added producers, small business owners
When?
Monday, October 9, from 5pm-7:30pm.
Why?
Sponsored by the USDA-Risk Management Agency and in partnership with Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, this workshop aims to share knowledge with producers to increase their viability and reduce financial, production, and marketing risks. Grow Benzie’s goal is to deepen relationships between organizations, farmers, and the community.
How Much?
$20 per person. Those that RSVP in advance will be guaranteed a seed-saving gift that will include three packets of high quality locally saved seeds. RSVPs are not necessary. Event will take place rain or shine.
Scholarships available, contact Info@GrowBenzie.org or 231-882-9510
 
Where?
Golden Rule Farm, 11744 Tanerville Rd. Kaleva, MI 49645
Questions: 231-882-9510

Tomato Canning

What?
Tomato Canning. This drop-in session, lead by Chris, mom of Grow Benzie’s executive director, Josh Stoltz, will introduce people to the basics of canning. Observe, learn, and, if you feel like it, lend a hand. You can drop in for five minutes or stay for the entire session. Chris will be canning local tomatoes for use later in the year.

Who?
Families, kids, adults, young and old. Everyone!

When?
Monday, August 28th, from 3-5pm. This session takes place during our Monday Farmers’ Market, which runs from 3-7pm.

Why?
This workshop aims to expose more people to the art of food preservation and to provide them with the information to preserve food at home.

How Much?
Free! Donations welcome.

Where?
Grow Benzie: 5885 Frankfort Hwy (M115), Benzonia, 49616
Questions: 231-882-9510

Hops 101

What?
Grow Benzie Farm Series: Hops 101. Discussion will discuss historical market trends, international and local production data, business opportunity, and future growth potential and risks. Guest presenters include Rob Sirrine from MSU and Brian Confer from Stormcloud Brewing Company.
 
Who?
Farmers, beginning producers, retiring/transitioning producers, organic producers, specialty crop producers, sustainable producers, value-added producers, small business owners
 
When?
Monday, August 28th, from 5pm-7:00pm.  Come early to enjoy the Monday Farmers’ Market at Grow Benzie from 3-7pm.
 
Why?
Sponsored by the USDA-Risk Management Agency and in partnership with Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, this workshop aims to share knowledge with producers to increase their viability and reduce financial, production, and marketing risks. Grow Benzie’s goal is to deepen relationships between organizations, farmers, and the community.
 
How Much?
$10 per person
Scholarships available, contact Info@GrowBenzie.org or 231-882-9510
 
Where?
Grow Benzie: 5885 Frankfort Hwy (M115), Benzonia, 49616
Questions: 231-882-9510

Intermediate Beekeeping Class

What?
Grow Benzie Farm Series: Intermediate Beekeeping. Participants will learn about mite and disease identification/control, and summertime supering of the hives. Guest presenter is Sharon Jones from Sleeping Bear Apiaries, BeeDazzled & St. Ambrose Cellars.
Who?
Farmers, beginning producers, retiring/transitioning producers, organic producers, specialty crop producers, sustainable producers, value-added producers, small business owners
When?
Thursday, August 17th, from 3:30-5:30pm
Why?
Sponsored by the USDA-Risk Management Agency and in partnership with Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, this workshop aims to share knowledge with producers to increase their viability and reduce financial, production, and marketing risks. Grow Benzie’s goal is to deepen relationships between organizations, farmers, and the community.
How Much?
$10 per person
Scholarships available, contact info@GrowBenzie.org or 231-882-9510
Where?
Grow Benzie: 5885 Frankfort Hwy (M115), Benzonia, 49616
Questions: 231-882-9510