MSU Tollgate Farm Strategic Planning

Michigan State University Tollgate Farm, located in Novi, MI, has been providing agriculture and natural resources education since 1987. The team at MSU Tollgate Farm is developing its next 5-year strategic plan to continue these efforts. As an important community partner, we would like to invite you to a facilitated brainstorming session to inform you of our planning. You will be joined by other individuals from local government, non-profits, schools, higher-education, private industry, and supporters of MSU Tollgate Farm. Attendees will be guided through a facilitated brainstorming session to inform you of our planning process. We value all perspectives, whether from individuals with a long history with MSU Tollgate Farm or those coming to the farm for the first time. Attendance at this session is by invitation only but if you are unable to attend, please share with another appropriate individual within your organization. 

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. We ask that participants come prepared with critical feedback about our programming and their dreams for the future.


Time: November 12th from 2 to 5 p.m.

Location: MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd. Novi, MI 48377

RSVP: RSVP by October 28th

Invitations: Invitations are transferable within your organization.



The meeting will be led by two facilitators independent of MSU Tollgate Farm.

Holly Madill is the director of the National Charette Institute at Michigan State University. Over the course of the last 20 years, Madill has developed a diverse set of skills, while coordinating and leading projects around a wide range of topics for the private, nonprofit, institutional and public sectors. She specializes in community engagement, placemaking, transportation and walkability, as well as development of trainings, surveys and analysis, and proposals.

Dr. Marie A. Ruemenapp is an Extension specialist and the co-director of the Urban Collaborators at Michigan State University. She is recognized nationally as an expert in Extension’s urban work. Ruemenapp has over 30 years of community-based Extension experience in program planning and evaluation; employee recruitment, hiring, training and supervision; fiscal and grant management; partnership building; and organizational leadership. 


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 information contact Mike Mathis at 248-347-3860 ext. 235.