Northern Michigan Events: Grow Benzie and NCRS are presenting Craig Schaaf, a highly regarded agricultural specialist who will lead a series of classes in Northern Michigan this fall.  For anyone who loves to garden, beginner or experienced, Craig’s classes will increase your knowledge about gardening, food preservation, and other alternatives you may not have considered.

Gardening & More

Please join in by bringing a dish to share, $7 per person or $10 per family. Potluck at 6:00 p.m, class at 7:00 p.m.

Pests and Disease Problems

October 16, 2012

Craig Schaaf will discuss the strategy for dealing with “pests” and other four-legged animals that can wreck havoc in your garden.  Basic preventive measures to ward off disease will be covered along with specific problems that may arise.  Fall is a good time to plan for proactive measures for next season’s gardens. 

Thriving, Not Just Surviving off the Grid

October 30, 2012 

Learn how to transition from living on the grid to completely off it.  Craig has first hand experience, having gone off it 8 years ago. 

Food Preservation without Refrigeration

November 13, 2012

Craig will discuss alternative means of preserving food, from storing food in a root cellar, techniques for storing in the ground, and using fermentation.

Business Model for the Small Farm

December 11, 2012 

An innovative class teaching the basics of starting a business, targeting farmers but also of value to anyone starting a business. 

Cooking Classes

Sneak it in Spaghetti Sauce

October 23, 2012

With Abby Beale.  Fee $20.  6:00 p.m. potluck, bring a dish to pass and your own table service and beverage.

Fall Soups

Ocober 25, 2012

Fee $20.  6:00 p.m. potluck, bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

Pie Making Featuring Pumpkin and Apple

November 13, 2012

Fee $20.  6:00 p.m. potluck, bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

Sewing Classes

(contact Mary Ann 231.882.9292)

A Beary Warm Mitt

October 22, 2012

6:00 p.m. Wool mittens made from recycled sweaters that have been shrunk.  Bring your own supplies or $5 for supplies.  Fee $25.

Make a T-Shirt Skirt

November 12, 2012

6:00 p.m. Bring your own t-shirts or $5 for supplies.  Fee $10.

For more information on these classes, contact Deb Query, Director, 231 352 6157,

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