Register now for the 17th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference!

The 17th annual Michigan Family Farms Conference is coming up fast and is an event you won’t want to miss! Each year, the conference offers beginning, small-scale, and culturally diverse farmers a chance to network, learn, and build sustainable family farms. It is an energizing, hands-on event featuring multiple tracks of breakout sessions plus a youth track to engage the whole family.

With this year’s theme, Nurturing Resilient Farms – 2020 & Beyond, the tradition will continue of celebrating diversity, expanding our knowledge of sustainable agriculture, and strengthening the supportive network of farmers that we know is essential for building resilient farms. 

Topics to be covered include: 

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• Financial resiliency
• Growing industrial hemp
• Farm viability
• Managing farm stress
• Farm Bill update
• Farm labor
• Creative intercropping ideas
• Continuous improvement through corrective action
• Sheep and goats for small farms
• Beekeeping and wild bee conservation 
• Support for small farms
• Programs engaging youth to support agriculture
• Solving your manure mystery mess

We’re excited to welcome Pakou Hang, the Co-Founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association, as our keynote presenter. She is an inspirational leader and storyteller. You can check out her TedTalk here as a teaser. 

When: Saturday, February 8, 2020 
Where: Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Texas Township Campus 
Register here 
To sponsor or exhibit: Follow this link

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With questions, call 517-709-8271 or email [email protected] 

Early bird registration is open through December 31, so don’t hesitate and register today! 

Lauren Marquardt is the Director of Development & Services for Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS). Learn more at