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Intro to Hoop Houses

WHAT?
It seems like all the talk these days is on season extension through hoop houses. Nic Welty of 9 Bean Rows will be leading a workshop on how to get started with hoop houses.

Nic Welty and his wife Jen own and operate 9 Bean Rows Farm in Suttons Bay on Leelanau Peninsula, a year-round CSA farm and bakery. Nicholas manages most of the farming operation, using three passive solar hoophouses to aid year-round production. They sell their fruits, veggies and baked goods at several farmers markets, as well as marketing through the CSA . Nic is dedicated to the pursuit of sustainable agriculture, saving farmland, and is an avid supporter of local farmers. Nic volunteers with many state and local organizations, and makes guest appearances at local schools promoting healthy eating and local farms. In addition to spending winters lecturing on topics specializing in farm business planning, hoophouse design, and use, Nic also offers custom consulting and construction services to local farmers emphasizing hoophouse construction, and farm business design. Before focusing on his own farm, Nicholas managed fruit and vegetable crop production and agricultural business plan development at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Prior to that, he completed a Master of Science degree at The Ohio State University, where he focused on plant genetics following his Bachelor of Science degree at Carnegie Mellon University. There he double-majored in Biology and Economics and minored in Chemistry.

WHEN?
Saturday , April, 13th 11 am

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

HOW MUCH?
$10
Scholarships available. Please contact carol@growbenzie.org

WHERE?
Grow Benzie Event Center
5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115), Benzonia, 49616
*** 1 mile west of stoplight in Benzonia
*** 5 miles east of Frankfort
*** 20 miles west of Interlochen
*** 30 miles north of Manistee

WHY?
Sponsored by the USDA-Risk Management Agency 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.

QUESTIONS: 231-882-9510

WEATHER OR NOT?
If Benzie County Central Schools are closed, the event will be cancelled/postponed.