Connecting the Next Generation of Vegetable Growers

July 17-18, 2019

Are you among the “next generation” on your family’s commercial vegetable farm? Relationships with others in the veggie industry and Extension are critical capital you can draw upon to tackle common challenges and create new opportunities. This summer tour, to be held July 17 & 18, is designed to provide you a chance to expand your horizons and see how different, multi-generation farms are producing vegetables in west Michigan. It will also provide an opportunity to connect with other growers who are on the tour. Extension personnel are encouraged to attend to build relationships with growers in the Great Lakes region. The tour will include all meals and one night of lodging.

July 17: Keeping soils healthy is part of keeping the farm productive into the future. Day 1 will focus on soil health, and include a tour of Morgan’s Compost facility and a major potato grower who is part of a regional soil health initiative.

July 18: Michigan is home to a long history of vegetable production on muck soils, but soils and markets are always changing. Day 2 will feature an area of intensive veggie production with unique marl, muck soils. Onion production continues to be important on Michigan muck. Farms have also developed markets for root crops like parsnips, turnips, and beets as well as potatoes.


Group transportation will be provided by charter bus. Attendees may elect to board at two locations in Ontario, Canada or in Sears, Mich. Attendees will indicate their preferred boarding location during the registration process.


The tour includes lunch and dinner on July 17; breakfast and lunch on July 18; as well as one night of lodging (double-occupancy). 

Registration Price:

  • With a double room: $25 per person
  • With a single room: $63 per person

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

  • The Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group
  • Michigan Vegetable Council
  • Michigan State University Extension

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made in full for cancellations made before July 1, 2019. No funds will be given for cancellations on or after July 1, 2019, or for no-shows.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the content of the tour, contact Ben Werling at 231-873-2129 or For questions regarding registration or tour logistics, contact Betsy Braid at 517-884-7081 or