Education & Networking Resources

ATTRA – Ask a Sustainable Ag Expert Hotline

National Center for Appropriate Technology
3040 Continental Dr Butte, MT 59701 | 800-346-9140

The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – ATTRA – is developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). NCAT is a national organization that is mission driven to help people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources.

Search online for links to publications and resources on the principles of  sustainable agriculture, some systems approaces and how to transition to more sustainable practices. Topics include: Urban Agriculture, Energy Alternatives, Beginning Farmer, Field Crops, Horticultural Crops, Livestock & Pasture, Local Food Systems, Marketing, Business & Risk Management, Organic Farming, Pest Management, Soils & Compost, and Water Management.

Use the online form or call for advice from an agricultural expert.

Baker College/Agriculture Technologies

9600 E 13th St. Cadillac, MI 49601 | (231) 876-3119

Baker’s Agriculture Technology program provides you with advanced training to compete in today’s technology-driven farming industry.

Through classwork, hands-on lab training, and the real-world experience of an internship, you study the latest in agricultural equipment, tools, and technologies along with agribusiness, plant science, viticulture, sustainable agriculture, and more. You can choose to increase your knowledge in agribusiness, animal science, or in farming technology.

When you complete the program, you’ll be prepared to apply your knowledge, and skills to select, install, and maintain modern agricultural technologies.

The Agriculture Technology program is available at the following campuses: Cadillac and Owosso.

Benzie Conservation District

280 S Benzie Blvd Beulah, MI 49617 | (231) 882-4391

The District’s purpose is to foster the best use of land for the present and future benefits of the community, based on the land’s capabilities and landowners goals. Combating soil erosion, managing surface and groundwater quality and promoting the maintenance of the lands related resources and the aesthetic values are vital to the community’s long range economic well being, from food and timber production to natural resources related industries and tourism. To these ends, the District strives to be a “gateway” to resource management information and service providers, so that citizens may manage their lands for a healthier Benzie County. The Benzie Conservation District provides information and assistance for all your conservation and environmental concerns.


7876 S. Van Dyke Rd. Marlette, MI 48453 | 989-635-2864

Servicing agriculture in the Great Lakes Region with soil testing, consulting, educational programs,  biological technologies, transitioning to “organic”, mulching and community ecology.

Charlevoix Conservation District

303 North St. Boyne City, MI 49712 | 231-582-6193

Michigan’s 77 Conservation Districts are the local providers of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan.

As local, special purpose units of government, each Conservation District is governed by a locally elected, five-member board of directors. The guiding philosophy of Michigan Conservation Districts is that local people should make decisions on conservation issues at the local level, with technical assistance provided by government.

Chef’s Collaborative

PO Box 425088 Cambridge, MA 2142 | (617) 236-5200

Change Menus. Change Lives.

Chefs and food professionals are powerful change agents. The choices you make have the power to transform much more than just food.

Join Chefs Collaborative, expand your network, and connect with hundreds of like-minded chefs and food professionals across the country who care about sourcing, cooking, and serving better food and are doing their part to create a better food system.

MISSION: Chefs Collaborative is a national nonprofit network with a mission to inspire, educate, and celebrate chefs and food professionals building a better food system.

VISION: Sustainable practices will be second nature for every chef in the United States.


Michigan | 607-743-4986

Eatable helps people in the business of serving food get out of the business of wasting it.
We challenge habits and behaviors that generate waste and empower people to change them by getting our hands dirty, valuing all material resources, and creating opportunities to reduce and reuse.
Why do we accept food loss? Why do we build models that assume product will be wasted? By questioning our culture of waste, we hope to build new ways to keep more perfectly good food on plates, and out of landfills.


225 W. Hubbard, Suite 650 Chicago, IL 60654 | 312-874-7360

FamilyFarmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities.

…build public and private partnerships that support the growth of regional food systems that benefit farmers, consumers, and businesses.
…increase local and organic food sales in the region to create new jobs, sustainable economic development, and rural revitalization.
…preserve our farmland through the development of high value markets that give regional producers a fair price for their crops and encourage them to stay on their land.
…advocate for access to healthy and affordable food for all people and communities.
…encourage transparency in the food production and distribution process.
…respect and understand differences between urban and rural cultures and begin to bridge this divide through dialogue and economic opportunity.
…build solid relationships between stakeholders including staff, consultants, board members, businesses, NGO’s, policymakers, media, and consumers.
…foster a work environment that values and recognizes individual contribution to the organization.
…model a work style of collaboration and collegiality.
…practice high standards of accountability, responsiveness, and transparency in all relationships with funders, clients, partners, associates, employees.

Farmer Veteran Coalition

4614 2nd Street, Suite 4 Davis, CA 95618 | 530-756-1395

The mission of Farmer Veteran Coalition is mobilizing veterans to feed America.

We cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. We believe that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems. We believe that agriculture offers purpose, opportunity, and physical and psychological benefits.

Our mission is accomplished through training programs, matching services, positions and land for aspiring farmers, plus reliable leaders for existing farm and food operations.

Food & Farming Network

148 E. Front St. Traverse City, MI 49686

Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network (FFN) members represent all aspects of the local food system. Members have been working since 2009 to build northwest Michigan’s agricultural future. The 10-county region includes: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties.

The FFN is volunteer-based. The organizational structure includes co-leaders, champions, task force team leaders, and task force team members. Many others participate in the network,as needed.

In 2016, task force leaders and teams are focusing on direct and indirect local food sales by farmers, farm to institution sales, agri-business generation, access to healthy food for all, and farmland resources—including preservation. Currently FFN has champions in three areas: education, public health, and policy.

Fruit Growers News

P.O. Box 128 Sparta, MI 49345 | 616-887-9008

Fruit Growers News is a national magazine featuring the latest news for the fruit industry. FGN covers all aspects of producing and marketing fruit including production, crop protection, and the latest products. Learn from your peers through industry columnists, fruit grower profiles and more. In addition to the print magazine, FGN also publishes an Annual Buyers’ Guide and distributes a monthly e-newsletter. Additional exclusive content is available year-round on our website and YouTube channel, FGNtv.

Grand Traverse Conservation District

1450 Cass Rd Traverse City, MI 49685 | 231-941-0960

For over 70 years, we have worked hand-in-hand with hundreds of local farmers to safeguard our natural resources while providing for healthy, safe, high quality agricultural products. Our work has helped keep our groundwater clean, our soils productive, and our farm community vibrant.

Grand Valley State University Sprout Lab

1117 L. William Seidman Ctr. 50 Front Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 269-214-1227

What is Sprout Lab? We bring entrepreneurship education around the State, helping makers connect to Michigan’s entrepreneur eco-system right where you live.

Who can participate? Anyone with an idea, especially if you’re wondering how to turn it into a profitable product, app, or enterprise.  We’re particularly excited about agriculture, renewable energy, natural resources–anything related to MI’s soil, wind, water, and tourism economy (including foodies and craft beer)
When and where is it? We are at work in several regions across the State.  We partner with business incubators, regional colleges and universities, and others in the entrepreneur ecosystem.  If you’re interested in bringing our entrepreneurial education programs to your community, please contact us.

Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo

c/o Michigan Vegetable Council PO Box 277 Erie, MI 48133 | 734-848-8899

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO is the largest show of its kind in the country. It is held each year in early December at DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Great Lakes EXPO, as it’s commonly known, was first held in December 2001 when the Michigan State Horticultural Society and the Michigan Vegetable Council combined their respective education and trade shows.

The EXPO offers an extensive education program on a range of topics pertinent to fruit and vegetable growers and farm marketers. There are also greenhouse sessions, since the Michigan Greenhouse Growers EXPO is held concurrently with the Great Lakes EXPO. The trade show is huge, with 450 exhibitors featuring a wide array of products and services of interest to specialty crop growers and farm marketers.

For registration information, contact Maureen Kelley, Registration Manager, at [email protected] or 734-239-8027.
For information on exhibiting in the trade show, contact Sharri German, Trade Show Manager, at [email protected] or 616-794-0492.
For general program information, contact Jennifer Dickie or Maureen Kelley or 734-239-8027.

Great Lakes Wine Institute

c/o Lake Michigan College 2755 E. Napier Avenue Benton Harbo, MI 49022 | 269-927–8735

Lake Michigan College is now home to the Midwest’s first and only commercial teaching winery, Lake Michigan Vintners. The college has also partnered with local vineyards and MSU’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, where students will gain extensive experience in the vineyard as well as the winery. With its emphasis on hands-on learning, the program teaches all aspects of the wine industry from the soil to the tasting room, including marketing, sensory and chemical analysis, distribution, and compliance. Students who complete the program will earn an Associate in Applied Science in Wine and Viticulture Technology.

If you already have a college degree or college credits, you may be able to earn your Associate in Applied Science in Wine & Viticulture Technology in one year (three semesters), plus a capstone fall co-op, which can be at any winery in the world. The full two-year track course sequence includes general education courses.

Groundwork Center Farm to School/10 Cents a Meal

148. E. Front St. #301 Traverse City, Mi 48684

For more than a decade, Groundwork has been connecting schools and students to local farms and food. Our program was launched with just a few activities in one classroom in 2004, and gradually grew to feature biweekly farm to school activities in more than 70 individual classrooms across 14 schools, reaching nearly 2,000 students. Today, through our partnership with the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District, Groundwork’s farm to school program reaches 24,000 students across Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Antrim and Kalkaska counties.

In 2011, Groundwork became a founding service site for FoodCorps, a national service organization aiming to connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy by providing nutrition, garden and culinary education to students in high-need schools. In the 2013-14 school year, our FoodCorps service members helped bring more than 1,500 pounds of local produce into cafeterias and classrooms in the Grand Traverse region. Three schools started school gardens, and eight more continued operating existing gardens.

Groundwork is also advancing a statewide policy initiative to reimburse school food service for purchasing local produce. Following a successful pilot program in northwest lower Michigan, 10 Cents a Meal has resulted in increased state funds for local food purchases at schools in two of the Governor’s prosperity regions throughout the state.

Grow Benzie

5885 Frankfort Hwy (M115) Benzonia, Michigan 49616 | 2318829510

Holistic Management International

HMI 5941 Jefferson St. NE, Suite B Alburquerque, NM 87109 | 505-842-5252

Since 1984, HMI has helped communities grow and thrive by educating family farmers and ranchers and pastoralists in regenerative agricultural practices that empower them to strengthen their businesses, produce healthier food, improve local wildlife habitats and protect the environment.

We offer several major programs:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers – We educate and empower beginning farmers and ranchers so they are positioned to apply Holistic Management principles and practices to build successful businesses.
Professional Development – Take your skills to the next level. We provide professional development and training in Holistic Management practices to ranchers, farmers and land stewards, helping them add more tools to their land resource management tool box.
The Open Gate On-Farm Learning Series – Consists of training days that are held on farms and ranches throughout the U.S. Each training day is hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner and features numerous innovative and sustainable agricultural topics and practice.

***Northwest Michigan educator, Larry Dyer, 231-881-2784***

Manistee Conservation District

8840 Chippewa Highway BEAR LAKE, MICHIGAN 49614 | 231-889-9666, x.3

Located just south of Bear Lake, the Manistee Conservation District has been serving Manistee County since 1945, connecting private landowners to numerous services, information, access to government programs and technical land-management assistance. Our monthly Board of Directors meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.

MI Fresh Start Food Truck

2279 W. South Airport Rd Traverse City, MI 48684 | 231-922-4805

We’re changing lives through GOOD food. Mi Fresh Start is a job training enterprise of Goodwill Northern Michigan serving local, scratch-cooked fare.

The Grand Traverse area has an incredible array of wonderful restaurants and food services, making the industry one of the top employers in the area. Mi Fresh Start will work to ensure that local, unemployed individuals will have the tools that they need to access these employment opportunities. In teaching to industry standards, Goodwill hopes to truly provide a Fresh Start for families hardest hit by the economic downturn.

The Mi Fresh Start Food Truck provides workforce training, supports local agriculture, and provides affordable fresh food options for the food insecure in the Grand Traverse community.

Michigan Barn Preservation Network

PO Box 614 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0614 | 517-648-2933

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network is an active state-wide 501(c) 3 organization of barn owners and enthusiasts promoting appreciation, preservation and rehabilitation of Michigan barns, farmsteads and rural communities.. MBPN fosters sharing of barn experiences, hosts an annual conference, publishes a regular newsletter, recognizes barn rehabilitation and education successes, helps identify speakers for programs, and assists in identifying rehabilitation information. We are especially interested in helping regional barn owners with appropriate advice.

Michigan Beefalo Breeders Association

9824 E YZ ave. Vicksburg, Michigan 49097 | 269-496-7814

The Michigan Beefalo Breeders Association was formed in 1981. Membership is open to all persons interested in the promotion, development and improvement of the Beefalo breed within the state of Michigan. Membership is composed of breeders and owners of Beefalo across Michigan who are very willing to share their experiences, ideas, and suggestions.

Michigan Farmers Market Association

480 Wilson Rd, Room 172 East Lansing, MI 48824 | 517-432-3381

MIFMA advances farmers markets to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products.MIFMA places farmers markets at the forefront of the local food movement and works to ensure all residents have access to healthy, locally grown food and that Michigan farmers markets receive policy support.

Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance (MOFFA)

PO Box 26102 Lansing, MI 48909-6102 | 248-262-6826

Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance (MOFFA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sound and socially just organic food and farming systems. Since 1992, MOFFA has been promoting public awareness for the need of decentralized, secure, unadulterated, and humane methods and programs to nutritionally feed all of us. MOFFA was one of the first organizations in Michigan and the nation to actively promote these principles.

MOFFA welcomes new members to join us and get involved in creating a better food system for Michigan. Our members include organic and ecologically sustainable farmers, food coops, educators, environmentalists, food businesses, food and farm activists and concerned citizens throughout Michigan and elsewhere.

Our mission: Promoting organic agriculture and the development and support of food systems that revitalize and sustain local communities.

Our vision: At a time when increased industrialization of our food system has concentrated control of this system into fewer hands, degraded the environment and profaned the human spirit, organic agriculture restores wellness in people, community and the earth. MOFFA teaches and advocates that local organic food systems create the necessary connections between healthy people, communities and the earth.

Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Rd. Suite 3 Lake City, MI 49651 | 231-839-5411

The Missaukee Conservation District was first formed in 1949 by a group of area farmers with the intent of working with local landowners to conserve soil and water resources and to prevent and control erosion. The District is still committed to that goal with a mission to provide for the care, informed usage, and protection of natural resources by creating awareness of conservation issues and by being the leader in providing innovative assistance.

Michigan’s Conservation Districts are special purpose local units of State Government that utilize state, federal and private sector resources to solve today’s conservation issues.  Created to serve as stewards of natural resources, Michigan’s Conservation Districts take an ecosystem approach to conservation and protection.

Conservation Districts are referred to as “gateways” in their local communities. They provide linkages between land managers and a host of conservation service providers that include state, federal and local governments, conservation organizations, and internet resources. Conservation Districts continually scan the needs of their local communities, work in partnership with others involved in conservation to set local priorities, and develop action plans to solve natural resource problems. The delivery of these efforts by Conservation Districts allows citizens to manage their private lands for a cleaner, healthier Michigan. It allows the public a point of access in their communities when questions arise on how to manage natural resources.

MSU Diagnostic Services

578 Wilson Rd., Room. 107 East Lansing, MI 48824-6469 | (517) 355-4536

We assist a wide variety of people experiencing problems with plants and pests. There are many things that cause plant problems. Our laboratory specializes in diagnosing problems caused by arthropods (insects, mites, ticks, etc.), pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses), and nematodes.

Here are some of the samples we accept for diagnosis:
Plants or plant parts for insect, pathogen and nematode analysis
Insects, mites, ticks, spiders and other arthropods for identification
Soil and tissue samples for nematode analysis
Weeds and plants for identification
Weeds for herbicide resistance screening

Samples may be submitted to the lab by mail or dropped off at our facility.  We will analyze the sample for a nominal fee and provide a diagnosis or identification of the problem as well as recommendations for control.

[email protected]

MSU Experimental Station Grassfed Beef Project

5401 W. Jennings Rd. Lake City, MI 49651 | 231-839-4608

The Lake City Research Center includes 810 acres of managed land and 180 beef cows in a geographic area suitable for forage-based livestock enterprises, potato production and bioenergy crop production. The center is a leader in potato breeding and genetics research, with more than 60,000 seedlings grown and evaluated each year. It also supports research on forage and beef production systems that are holistic, sustainable and profitable. The center’s mission is to bring about practical, common-sense solutions to agricultural sustainability obstacles using research- and knowledge-based problem solving with the assistance of industry partners and the community.

MSU Extension, Leelanau County

8527 E. Government Center Dr. #107 Suttons Bay, MI 49682 | 231-256-9888

Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses.
[email protected]:
Home gardening questions? Call 1-888-678-3464

Monday – Friday
8am – 4pm

MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology @ NMC

2200 Dendrinos Dr. Suite 203 Traverse City, MI 49686 | 231-995-1719

Michigan State University and NMC are partners in a one-of-a-kind program which allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree from NMC and a certificate from MSU’s Institute of Agricultural Technology in one of four areas:

Agricultural Operations
Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management
Landscape Management

Admissions information for the program is available via the MSU Institute of Agriculture Technology website. Graduates of the program receive a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology. Students can also continue their class work to obtain an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree from Northwestern Michigan College.

Brian Matchett, MSU-NMC
Program Coordinator
Phone: (231) 995-1719
E-mail: [email protected]

MSU Integrated Pest Management

MSU Extension  Suite 400 401 N. Lake St. Cadillac, MI 49601 | 231-944-6504

The MSU IPM Program promotes the use of integrated pest management (IPM) and related plant health practices to safeguard farm and environmental health through research-based education, outreach and demonstration and applied research.

We aid the integration of IPM and integrated crop management activities across specializations, working with University, agency and private-sector colleagues. We collaborate with specialists in many units including the Departments of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences; Entomology, Horticulture, and Forestry, and field staff of MSU Extension, and AgBioResearch. We work with these colleagues in research and demonstration projects throughout Michigan and beyond.

One of our key collaborative projects, with the Michigan Climatology Resources Program, is Enviro-weather, a website with weather-based pest, natural resources and production management tools.

MSU Student Organic Farm

MSU 1066 Bogue Street A440C Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg, Haslett, MI 48824 | 517-230-7987

The Organic Farming Training program is designed to give participants a strong background and working knowledge of farm production, management, marketing, and business operations necessary to operate a diversified small farm. Visit the Program Goals and Learning Outcomes page to see an extensive list of topics that will be covered throughout the eight-month program.

This training program prepares graduates for careers in organic farming, urban agriculture / community gardening, and other sustainable agriculture related careers. Program participants who satisfactorily complete the program will earn a Certificate from MSU Student Organic Farm, MSU Department of Horticulture and the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.

National Farmer’s Union

20 F. Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 554-1600

We are a grassroots, producer-driven organization that believes strong family agriculture is the basis for thriving rural communities.

The key to our success and credibility has been Farmers Union’s grassroots structure in which policy positions are initiated locally.

Whether the issue is food safety, dairy, specialty crops, trade or any other item facing America’s family farmers – NFU listens to its members.

NFU is a powerful and respected voice on critical issues on the national and state levels. Our state and national leaders and staff understand the critical issues facing rural America and family agriculture. We represent YOUR voice to elected officials.

North Central Michigan College

1515 Howard Street Petoskey, Mi 49770 | 231-348-6613

At North Central, our mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  Our faculty and staff are committed to student success; whatever your educational goals are, we want to help you achieve them.

Corporate and Community Education provides quick, job-specific training to thousands of area employees and job seekers, as well as serving the personal and professional development needs of the larger community. For the past 27 years, we have brought classes to the workplace, created industry-specific curricula and scheduled classes around workers’ shifts. We have also helped businesses find funding to pay for this training. We also provide community education, giving local participants options to explore and expand their skills and interests. Over the years, we have expanded the services we offer to reach all ages and career sectors. See our Food Farm & Gardens Corporate and Community Education program page:

Introduction To Viticulture introduces students to viticulture in general and to current practices for establishing a commercial vineyard. Topics include grape growing, operations for northern Michigan, winemaking/enology, legal and business aspects of the industry, packaging design and marketing.

Northern Michigan Permaculture

Traverse City, MI

Northern Michigan Permaculture envisions abundant, regional growth through permaculture design, education, and homesteads, businesses, bioregional networking, experiential learning centers for children, youth and adults. We are thrilled to be part of one of the many communities in the North West Michigan region, along with many passionate, curious and creative folks, who are actively participating in the continued emergence of a permaculture network in our Great Lake State!

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

PO Box 929 Bellaire, MI 49615 | (231) 622-5252

The NMSFC serves as a vehicle to promote and build a local vibrant agriculture community, to equip the small farm community with the tools to be successful, and to be a forum for the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community. This is accomplished primarily through the annual conference in January, but is also accomplished through the support of other educational opportunities throughout the year.

To provide an outstanding educational event that meets the needs of the attendees of the conference.
Provide a forum for the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community.
Support small farm educational programs throughout the year. Help to build a local network of small farms, community businesses, and local government for the expressed purpose of building the local food economy.

Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station

6686 S. Center Highway Traverse City, MI 49684 | 231-946-1510

This 100-acre center sits in the five-county northwestern region that produces almost half of the U.S. supply of tart cherries and is responsible for 83 percent of sweet cherry production in Michigan. Founded through the efforts of the northwestern Michigan area fruit industry, the center is the premier research site for integrated pest management, horticultural production and handling, value-added processing, marketing and farm financial management practices for sweet and tart cherries, wine grapes, apples, plums and hops. In addition to creating and expanding knowledge through leading-edge research on cherries and other fruits, the center disseminates state-of-the-art information to the Michigan fruit industry and the public.

Prof George LLC

2673 Ramparte Path Holt, Michigan 48842 | 517-940-6189

Pioneering research and education in global food security with special reference to soil health.

The Fruit Nut

Clarkston, MI

The Fruit Nut is a project started by Trevor Newman dedicated to exploring and popularizing uncommon and underutilized fruiting plants. A key mission of The Fruit Nut is to make fruit growing exciting and accessible to home and land owners while promoting ecologically sound and economically viable practices. Explore the blog and resources pages and send a message for inquires about custom grafting and educational services.

The North Farm/MSU Upper Peninsula Research & Extension Center

E3774 University Dr.  PO Box 168 Chatham, MI 49816 | 906-439-5114

The North Farm, originally founded in 1899 just north of Chatham, Michigan is part of the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center. We are an incubator farm specializing in diversified organic vegetable production, research, education, and outreach for northern latitude climates. We offer farm tours and activities, on-site workshops, and opportunities for beginning farmers to live and work with us to learn about sustainable farming in the challenging northern climate of the U.P. Our focus is building healthy soils, food, people, and communities. Using organic and sustainable practices coupled with season extension technologies, we are growing a wide variety of vegetables. Our farm functions as both a production and teaching facility, and we aim to provide healthy, fresh, nutrient-dense produce to the local markets.

Tillers International

101515 East OP Avenue Scotts, MI 49088 | 269-626-0223

Tillers International is a multi-faceted 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in rural areas around the world. In addition to teaching traditional skills at our Cooks Mill Learning Center (CMLC) in Scotts, Michigan, we work with farmers and artisans to create the best and most innovative solutions to their problems. Our specialty is animal traction/draft animal power – the use of animals to carry out tasks – but we also offer numerous blacksmithing/metalworking, woodworking, farming, food, and fiber classes.

The classes taught at our Cooks Mill Learning Center directly support our overseas work with farmers throughout Africa both technically and financially. When you take a class at Tillers, you’re supporting innovations for millions of farmers.