Each year, for the first four years of our existence, the Michigan Young Farmer Coalition has held what we call our “retreat.” The idea being that we need to make and take time to retreat from the fields… from the classroom… from other jobs to come together in solidarity. Young & beginning farmers need a safe space to share ideas, skills, and cultivate common ground.

Over the years we began to develop some retreat planning resources and a retreat format that work best to highlight the skills and knowledge of young farmers. Below you will find these resources to use and adapt for your own communities. We hope to reignite our annual retreat over the course of the next year as we go through this first round of leadership transition.

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