December 8-10, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will be held December 8-10 at the DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich. Last year’s show hosted over 3,700 fruit and vegetable growers and farm marketers from 35 states and nine Canadian provinces. The event is sponsored by Michigan State Horticultural Society and Michigan Vegetable Council in cooperation with Michigan State University Extension. The EXPO is hosting the 31st North American Strawberry Growers Association (NASGA) Annual Meeting and Conference.
Informative education program for fruit, vegetable and greenhouse growers and for farm marketers—59 sessions and workshops over 3 days. Topics include fruit and vegetable commodities; greenhouse production and marketing; farm marketing ideas and issues; and general topics of special interest to growers.
The trade show, with more than 300 exhibitors, will cover four acres of exhibit space in one hall.
Registration and complete show details are available at www.glexpo.com. Preregister by November 10 to save money.
All sessions and workshops offered in the education programs will be open to all attendees (except for the OFA Crop Management Workshop for greenhouse growers that requires a separate registration fee). A multitude of topics will be covered in presentations by university researchers and extension specialists from Michigan State University and many other universities and research stations across the United States and Canada. There will also be presentations by growers, farm marketers and others involved with fruit, vegetable and greenhouse production and marketing.
Many of the education sessions will offer a recertification point for Private and Certified Pesticide Applicators and continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisers. Instructions and necessary MDA or MCCAP forms will be issued at each eligible session. The conference program you receive at the EXPO will indicate the specific sessions in which education credits will be available.
15th Annual Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo
The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo will be held concurrently with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO for the first time. One registration fee provides admission to the trade show and all education sessions in both conferences, except for the OFA Crop Management Workshop, which requires a separate registration fee. The education sessions planned for greenhouse growers, including the OFA workshop, can be found at www.glexpo.com/MGG.php.
The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo is sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association and the Western Michigan Greenhouse Association, in cooperation with the Michigan State University Extension Floriculture Team.
GLE Farm Market Bus Tour
The Great Lakes EXPO Farm Market Tour will be held the day before the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO, December 7. A daylong tour visits seven top-notch farm markets in the Grand Rapids area. Network with other farm marketers as you gain new agritourism and marketing ideas.
The stops include Country Basket, Country Dairy, The Fox Barn Market & Winery, Heritage Farms Market, Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, The Starting Block and Steffen’s Orchard Market.
While on the bus, en route between host farm market locations, Michigan State University Extension will lead interactive sessions and discussions tailored to the farm market business.
Cost is $149 (includes transportation to all farm markets, lunch and snacks.) Registration is limited, so sign up when you register for the Great Lakes EXPO.
Farm Market Bus Tour: All day
Trade Show: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Prayer Breakfast: 7 a.m.
Tasting of the Winning Ciders: 8 – 9 a.m.
Check Out These Great Folks at the Show!
|A & B Packing Equipment, Inc.||830 – 835 & 914 – 919|
|Barwacz Farms||841 & 908|
|Bejo Seeds, Inc.||905|
|BioBest Biological Systems||1105|
|C.S.I. Chemical Corp.||940|
|CropCare Equipment by PaulB, LLC||932 – 934|
|Dillman Farm||1148 – 1149|
|Doyle’s Thornless Blackberry Inc.||1013|
|Gardner Pie Co.||1303|
|Growing magazine (Moose River Media)||1428|
|Harris Moran Seed||503|
|Hartmann’s Plant Co.||1044|
|Haygrove Tunnels/Cramer||407 – 408|
|Hillside Cultivator Co.||913|
|Hillside Orchard Farms||1301|
|HJV Equipment||736 – 738|
|House of Webster||1141|
|Johnny’s Selected Seeds||803|
|Koppert Biological Systems||1009 – 1010|
|Krohne Plant Farms||443|
|McDonnall Harvester & Parts/Pik Rite||318 – 319|
|The Nursery Connection||505|
|OESCO, Inc.||207 – 208|
|Peach Ridge Orchard Supply||748 – 749 & 800|
|Phil Brown Welding Corp.||636 – 640 & 709 – 713|
|Putnam Plastics Farm Products||1049|
|Red Wing Software||838|
|Richfield Industries||1130 – 1131 & 1218 – 1219|
|Rispens Seeds Inc||545 – 546|
|Rockford Package Supply, Inc.||849 – 900|
|Rupp Seeds, Inc.||642 – 644|
|Seedway, Inc.||906 – 907|
|Shur Farms Frost Protection||1004|
|Siegers Seed Co.||649 – 700|
|Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards Co.||541|
|Stokes’ Blueberry Farms & Nursery||901|
|Stokes Seeds, Inc.||403 – 404|
|Superb Horticulture||126 – 129 & 209 – 212|
|Syngenta Crop Protection||707 – 708|
|Syngenta Seeds||602 – 603|
|Tew Mfg.||328 – 329 & 420 – 421|
|Thomas Brothers Equipment Sales, Inc.||119 – 125 & 213 – 219|
|Triple K Irrigation||1028 – 1029 & 1120 – 1121|