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

Beekeeping 101 Class

What?
Grow Benzie Farm Series: Beekeeping 101. Participants will learn basic bee biology, hive architecture, seasonal maintenance, and discuss honeybee pest and disease management. 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?
Monday, August 21st, from 3:30-5:30pm.  Come early or stay late to shop the Monday Farmers’ Market at Grow Benzie, which takes place each Monday 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

Kombucha: Fermented Beverage Class and Meet-Up

What?

All those who have never tried kombucha and those who have been brewing for years are welcome to come together at this kombucha meet-up and class.    Experienced brewers will share their best practices and beginners can learn how to brew kombucha.  Kombucha is fermented,  lightly effervescent tea drink that has a number of reported health benefits.
Here’s a welcome message from the host, Chris:
“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.”
 
Come early to enjoy the Grow Benzie Monday Farmers’ Market from 3-7 pm.  The market concludes at the same time this event concludes.  You are welcome to shop the market and then store your items in our refrigerator while you enjoy the kombucha class and meet-up. 

Who?
Everyone!  The event will take place rain or shine.  No pre-registration necessary.

When?
Monday, August 14, 5:30-7 pm

Where?
Grow Benzie
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: 231-882-9510

Spinning Demonstrations

What?

Learn about spinning and other related fiber arts from a local spinning group by watching and asking questions as they spin (on a wheel or drop spindle), knit, make kumihimo cord, weave, and card a variety of fibers.  Fibers demonstrated may include angora, wool, silk, and alpaca.
 
Stay afterwards to enjoy the fun of the Grow Benzie Monday Farmers’ Market from 3-7 pm

Who?
Everyone!  The event will take place rain or shine.  No pre-registration necessary.  Free! Donations welcome.

When?
Monday, July 31, 2-5:00 pm

Where?
Grow Benzie
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: 231-882-9510

Permaculture Technique: Hugelkultur Garden Bed Class

What?

Join Chad Van Tol of Cold Creek Permaculture to learn how to apply basic permaculture techniques to make a garden bed that requires little water or maintenance. $5 per person. Scholarships available. No gardening or permaculture experience necessary to attend the class.
 
A hugelkultur bed is a no-dig, low-to-no maintenance garden bed that, once established, uses the natural flow of water on a landscape so doesn’t need to be watered.
 
Chad Van Tol is a certified permaculture designer and is the lead farmer at Cold Creek Permaculture, a Benzie County farm with vegetables, hops, chickens, sheep, pigs, and more.
 
Come early or stay late to enjoy the fun of the Grow Benzie Monday Farmers’ Market from 3-7pm

Who?
Everyone!  The class will take place rain or shine.  No pre-registration necessary.

When?
Monday, July 24, 5-6:30pm

Where?
Grow Benzie
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: 231-882-9510

Make Your Own Herbal Salve

What?

Join Mariah Chinnock of Five Springs Farm in learning how to make herbal salve. Attendees will take home a jar of salve. RSVPs encouraged but not required. 3:30-5pm $12 Come early or stay late to enjoy Grow Benzie’s Monday Farmers Market, which runs from 3-7pm. Class will take place rain or shine. Info: 231-882-9510 or GrowBenzie.org or Lisa@growbenzie.org

Those of you who know Mariah know that the skin care products she makes are out of this world. She’s been making salve since before she and her husband bought their farm in 2009. Another benefit of Mariah teaching this class is that her son, Elden, and husband Casey will be selling their beautiful harvest from their farm at the farmers market on this day, July 17!

 

Who?
Everyone!

When?
Monday, July 17, 3:30-5pm

Where?
Grow Benzie Incubator Kitchen
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: 231-882-9510

Beekeeping 101: Grow Benzie Farm Series

What?
Grow Benzie Farm Series: Beekeeping 101. Participants will learn basic bee biology, hive architecture, seasonal maintenance, and discuss honeybee pest and disease management. 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?
Monday, June 26th, 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 Josh@GrowBenzie.org or 231-882-9510

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

Edible and Medicinal Plant Landscaping

What?
Join Eran Rhodzell of the Sacred Earth Initiative in learning how to landscape using edible and medicinal plants. Learn more about Eran and the Sacred Earth Initiative at www.sacredearthlandscaping.com

Who?
Everyone!

When?
Monday, July 10

Come early or stay late to enjoy our Monday Farmers’ Market from 3-7pm.

No pre-registration necessary. Event will take place rain-or-shine.

For complete event information, including cost and time, visit our facebook page.

Where?
Grow Benzie
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: 231-882-9510

Making Culinary Vinegars

What?
Join Christina Ryan-Stoltz in learning to make homemade delicious vinegars. Take home a jar of homemade vinegar.

Who?
Everyone!

When?
Monday, July 3

4:45pm to 6pm

$8 per person.

No pre-registration necessary. Event will take place rain-or-shine.

Come early or stay late to enjoy our Monday Farmers’ Market (3-7pm).

For complete event information, including cost and time, visit our facebook page.

Where?
Grow Benzie
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: 231-882-9510