Friday, July 13, 2007

Environmentally Verified?
We visited the Chateau Grand Traverse Winery on Old Mission Peninsula while on vacation, and took the winery tour and a tasting. I noticed a sign in the grape arbor - This farm is environmentally verified. I asked about it and the tour guide indicated that it was a step to becoming certified organic in Michigan.

I found this information on the Jackson County (MI) Conservation District web site: "MAEAP is an innovative, proactive, program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks. MAEAP teaches farmers how to identify and prevent environmental risks and comply with state and federal regulations. Farmers who successfully complete the three phases of a MAEAP system are rewarded by becoming verified in that system."

OK, I can google with the best of them, so I googled MAEAP, and found There are some interesting Powerpoint presentations on the future of agriculture in Michigan on this site.

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