Consumer Communication and Education Videos
With support from a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Specialty Crop Block Grant, the following videos were filmed at Michigan farms with a goal of educating the public about u-pick fruit and to improve the u-pick experience for both visitors and farmers.
Thank you to all of the farmers who shared their expertise with us!
One of the best places to experience what's fresh and in season is at a U-pick farm, where you do the picking! Each season, U-pick farmers look forward to your visit and want you to have an enjoyable visit. These ten tips will help you make the most of your day at the farm!
Rose Harvey of Harvey's Farm in Tekonsha shares her tips for how to pick strawberries at at U-pick farm.
Richard Friske of Friske Orchards in Ellsworth shows us how to pick both sweet and tart cherries.
Wendy Friske of Friske Orchards in Ellsworth showed us her techniques for picking these delicious delicate berries.
Lori Buchan of Buchan's Blueberry Hill on Old Mission Peninsula shares her tips on how to select the best blueberries at a u-pick farm.
Ben Buchan of Buchan's Blueberry Hill on Old Mission Peninsula shares his tips for picking fresh peaches.
Farm-based Educational Videos
The Michigan Agritourism Association and the Michigan Farmer’s Market Association teamed to offer six farm-based field days across the state. The field days were designed to help inspiring, beginning and experienced specialty crop producers become more efficient and effective in production and promotion practices. The videos below were created to capture highlights from each field day and to show practical tips that you can use at your own operation.
Thank you to all who hosted field days and participated in the following videos! This project was supported through a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Specialty Crop Block Grant.
Pest and Disease Management
Jeremy Moghtader at the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm in East Lansing shares preventative disease management strategies.
Curcurbit Pest and Disease Management
Jeremy Moghtader at the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm in East Lansing shares specific strategies for success growing Curcubits (squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, melons).
Trellising Tomatoes, Modified Basket Weave Method
Michelle Ferrarese of Birch Point Farm in Traverse City demonstrates techniques for trellising tomatoes.
Trellising Pole Beans
Michelle Ferrarese of Birch Point Farm in Traverse City demonstrates techniques for trellising pole beans.
Trellising and Pruning Hoophouse Tomatoes
Adam Monti of Ten Hens Farm in Bath demonstrates techniques for trellising hoophouse tomatoes.
Having the ability to add mechanization can provide security and revenue to your farm. Jason Slagle of Slagle's Family Farm in Felch share his tips for success.
Having the ability to extend the growing season can provide security and revenue to your farm. Jason Slagle of Slagle's Family Farm in Felch share his tips for success.
Goals of Apple Tree Pruning
Steve Klackle of Klackle Orchards discusses the goals of pruning apple trees.
Intro to Apple Tree Pruning
Steve Klackle of Klackle Orchards shares techniques for effective apple tree pruning.
Peach Tree Pruning
Learn techniques for pruning peach trees with Steve Klackle of Klackle Orchards.
Using Social Media for Farm Events
Megan Stokes from Stokes Homestead in Grand Junction discusses how to create the best type of event for your farm, how to get the word out through social media and how to efficiently run an event.
Display and Marketing Best Practices
Erin Caudell of The Local Grocer and Flint Ingredient Company share tips for a consistent and inviting display for your products.
From Farm to Store
Providing fresh produce for customers is important to all farmers. Watch how Erin Caudell from the Flint Ingredient Company prepares her field crops from the farm to the store.