The Michigan Agritourism Association and the Michigan Farmer’s Market Association teamed up last summer 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.

Farming Techniques

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.

Mechanized Transplanting

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.

Hoophouse Multi-Use

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.


Marketing Techniques

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.