The Soil and Water Conservation Society Michigan Chapter's Summer 2006 Tour and Meeting will be held on Friday, August 25th. Anyone who wants to have one last family summer outing can continue right into the weekend in one of Michigan’s tourism paradise spots. Please come join your professional friends and bring your family, too.
Hope to see you there!
Dan Kesselring, President, Michigan Chapter SWCS
Northwest Michigan Value-Added Farm Tour
9:30 Meet at carpool lot near Dunham’s Sporting
Goods and Tom’s Grocery Store in Traverse City
10:00-11:30 Shetler Dairy - Kalkaska County
George and Sally Shetler and their family have taken their 40
cow dairy herd to a new level. Back in the early ‘90s they were
told by farm financial advisors to “get big or get out.” They
instead sold their corn planting equipment and changed their
operation to grass-fed, leading the cow to the food, instead of the
food to the cow. Through a series of family meetings, they decided
the next step was to bottle and sell their own milk. Attendees
will be able to tour the bottling facility, taste some of that
great grass-fed milk, and check out the rotational grazing system.
12:00-1:00 Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen (price of
lunch included in registration fee) - Elk Rapids
Want a taste of “Nahlin’s?” Then Pearl’s is the place to be.
Award winning meals in a fun atmosphere brings New Orleans to
Northern Michigan. *Contact us if you require a vegetarian meal.
1:30-2:30 “Oriental Mustard as a Biofumigant”
Dave White’s fruit farm, Antrim County
Learn how local NRCS/MSU/fruit and potato producers have
used “Pacific Gold Oriental Mustard” as a natural biofumigant to
replace soil fumigation for the control of herbivore nematodes.
3:30-5:00 Shady Lane Cellars: vineyard and winery
tour with wine tasting - Leelanau County
This 40 acre vineyard produces high value wine, while cooperating
with USDA under an EQIP contract. A conservation easement
ensures that this farm will not be developed in the future.
The elegant wine tasting room was converted from an 100 year
old fieldstone chicken coop. The tour will conclude with a visit
to the site of the movie “Red Barn” starring Ernest Borgnine.
This film was a moving expose of the tragic and often forgotten
plight of the American family farm in the emotional social drama
of an elderly farmer in danger of losing his generation old family
homestead to greedy land developers.
6:00-? SWCS business meeting and dinner: LaSenorita
Mexican Restaurant, Garfield Ave, Traverse City
Dinner will be ordered from the menu and is not included in the
Pre-registration is Required
Completed registration forms must be returned with your full
payment by August 11, 2006. Fee is
$40 for SWCS members, $45 for non-members:
Contact the following committee members for a registration form:
Pepper Bromelmeier: 231-533-8542 x3
Jim Robinson: 231-941-0951 x117
For overnight accommodations, contact:
Becky Otto: 906-226-9460
Directions (to carpool lot)
From the north (Gaylord): Take M-32 west out of Gaylord.
Left on Alba Rd/CR-C42 and follow CR-C42. Left on
US-131 (north). Right on MI-72/W Mile Rd and then left on
US-31/MI-72. Parking lot is near Dunham’s, about 4.5
From the south (Lansing): Take US-127 north out of Lansing.
West on US-10 to M-115. Right on M-115 and then
north on US-131. Left on Fife Lake Rd/CR-605 and follow
CR-605. Left on Supply Rd/CR-660 and follow CR-660.
Right on 4 Mile Rd then left on US-31/MI-72/Munson Rd.
The parking lot is near Dunham’s.
Business Meeting and Dinner Registration
The cost of the dinner is not included in the tour registration
fee, but we need to know how many will be attending the
dinner to make adequate reservations.