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2nd Annual Alcona Small Farm Conference

Friday, January 18, 2019, 6:30 PM
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 5:00 PM


Friday, January 18, 2019
6:30 pm  “The First Course: Wine & Cheese Pairing: Michigan Style”
Some of life’s greatest culinary delights – like cheese and wine pairing – can be daunting. This delicious session will break down the art of wine and cheese pairing, while focusing on what Michigan has to offer. Discover the culinary bounty from Michigan as you sample artisan cheeses paired with Michigan wines, beer and cider. We’ll taste and discuss why certain wines work well with certain cheeses and reveal general pairing guidelines so that you can create your own! 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

7:30 am                Registration opens

7:30 – 9 am         Breakfast of local foods

9 – 9:15 am         Welcome

9:15 – 10 am      Keynote - Doug Paulus, Director, Northern Market, Grayling

10 am                    Trade show opens

10:15 – 11 am    Breakout session (choose one)

Microbrewing – Drew Rice, Bell’s Brewery,

Kalamazoo, and Eric Protiva, Alcona Brew Haus, Harrisville

Hoop Houses – Lorrie White, partner, Nifty Hoops, Ann Arbor

11:15 – noon      Breakout session (choose one)

Follow That Water! – Adam Beckta, Wandering Winds Farm, Spruce

Piggies on Facebook – Corey Standen, Standen Acres, Lachine, MI

12 – 12:45 pm   Lunch of local foods

1 – 1:45 pm        Keynote – Tricia Phelps, CEO, Taste the Local Difference, Traverse City

2 – 2:45 pm        Follow the Money - Panel Discussion

Moderator – David Klingenberger, owner,The Brinery, Ann Arbor

Karen Ansell – financial services officer,

GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Alpena

Madeline Beckta – co-owner, Wandering Winds Farm, Spruce

Bryana Beyer – co-owner, Beyer Farms, Alpena

Waneta Cook – co-owner, Cook Family Farm, Gaylord

Jackie Nicoll – farm loan officer, Farm Service Agency, Alpena

3 – 3:45 pm        Breakout session (choose one)

Marketing your Farm – Brian Bates, Bear Creek

Organic Farm, Petoskey

Grow Your Farm AND Your Family – Wendy Wieland, MSU Extension, Harbor Springs

4 – 5 pm               Closing session – Wrap-up and door prizes!

Sign up for the Saturday conference, the Friday reception or both with the drop-down menu below. 

Or mail a check written to Inspiration Alcona for the appropriate amount ($40 per person for the Saturday conference, $25 per person for the Friday reception, $55 per person for both), together with your name(s), address, phone and email, to Inspiration Alcona, P.O. Box 506, Lincoln, MI 49742.



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Lincoln, MI

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