Introducing the NEW Master Gardener Coordinator!….Michelle Ferrarese
I grew up in Michigan surrounded by plants. I spent many childhood summers camping, hiking, and exploring the wild ecosystems and various plant communities of the Great Lakes region, as well as grazing in the family garden. I received my BS in Botany from University of Michigan and my MS in Horticulture from MSU (yes, I’m a double agent!). I worked for over 10 years in the field of outdoor and environmental education in Michigan, California, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. I have 14 years of vegetable, flower, and herb farming experience, the past eight of which have been here in Leelanau county at Birch Point Farm. I had the good fortune to manage the MSU Student Organic Farm for the first three years of its existence, where I first forged connections with the MSU and MSUE communities. I was a Washtenaw County Master Composter, have managed various children’s gardens, managed volunteers, and consulted and built hoophouses for production and for education. I teach an MSU course at the University Center at NMC called Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture. I served on the planning committee for the Northern MI Small Farm Conference for many years, and I also serve on the board of directors of Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology (formerly ISLAND). I look forward to serving the gardeners and the garden-curious people of Leelanau county and beyond. I hope to reach out to as many diverse populations as possible in our region to get more hands in the dirt every season! Please stop in with any plant or garden questions at our Leelanau county office at the Government Center in Suttons Bay.