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MSU Tollgate Farm August 2018

Tollgate Events & Announcements

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
- Farm to Table Dinner -
August 25, 2018 at 4 p.m.
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, Novi, MI 
 Cost: $
150 per person
You are invited to the first MSU Tollgate Farm to Table Dinner.
Enjoy an evening outdoors on the farm with a scenic view practically unknown in present-day Oakland County.

Proceeds will support MSU Tollgate Farm's educational programming.

The evening will feature:
●    Cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres
●    Four course dinner prepared by four local chefs
●    Food & drinks sourced from Tollgate Farm and locally
●    Wagon ride tour of farm property
●    Taste the Local Difference - Certified Local Food Event

Contact for Questions: or
248-347-3860 ext. 235

Tollgate would like to thank our event sponsors:

Ann Arbor Distilling Company,
Drafting Table Brewing Company, and
Sandhill Crane Vineyards

More information and registration:

Calling All Foodies!

A few spaces remain for MSU Tollgate Farm Food Camp for kids ages 6 - 11. Our week will include digging into the garden, caring for the animals, and exploring the surrounding field, forest, and pond. We will interact with goats and greens as we engage in food science and make nutritious snacks that taste yummy too! We will grow, harvest, and cook with MSU Tollgate farmers each day as we build our sense of food community. August 20 - August 24

Three More Summer Classes at Tollgate

Join us for our last three sessions of Evenings in the Garden classes this season.

August 23 - Will Jaquinde
Home Gardening Success Using Farming Techniques

August 30 - Dr. John Hartig
Waterfront Porch: How Detroit is Transforming its Industrial Waterfront to a Gathering Place for People and Wildlife

September 6 - Beth Clawson
Household Pests & Backyard Wildlife Management
Each class is $20 ~ 6:30 - 8:30 pm

For more information and to register, visit:

Stay tuned - the fall season of classes is coming soon!
MSU Tollgate PumpkinFest:  
Come Celebrate With Us!
11 am to 5 pm  
Saturday, October 6th, and  
Sunday, October 7th

MSU Tollgate PumpkinFest is a free-admission, family-oriented event open to visitors of all ages.

This annual event increases everyone's understanding of agriculture in our daily lives through fun and engaging activities, including:

*    The MSU Bug House
*    The Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum
*    Living history reenactments
*    Wagon rides to the U-pick pumpkin patch
*    Free music concerts
*    Children's Strawland
*    Farm animals
*    Story time
*    Children's activities
*    Educational exhibits
*    and more!

Proceeds from parking, pumpkins, games, and food raise funds for financial aid, increasing the reach of our local educational programs.

Please plan to bring your friends and family and join us for the 2018 MSU Tollgate Pumpkinfest!
Join the Pumpkinfest 2018 Volunteer Team

Every great event has a team of great volunteers who make it happen. The annual MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center Pumpkinfest relies on a wonderful team of people who love the farm and who love to help.

To learn more or to volunteer:

Does your organization have a Corporate Volunteer Program? Please let them know about volunteer opportunities at this year's Pumpkinfest.

For more information, contact Rosina Newton, Pumpkinfest Volunteer Coordinator at 248-347-0269 x229 or

Thank you for considering a volunteer position
with Pumpkinfest 2018!
Increasing Your Reach

Interested in reaching over five thousand visitors from the tri-county area and supporting Pumpkinfest 2018? Many levels of sponsorship are available, and we welcome your individual and corporate support. For more info, contact Ellen Koehler, 248-347-0269 ext 227 or

Tollgate News
 Tollgate 4H Club

The Tollgate Farm 4-H Club is looking forward to another fun-filled year of hands-on learning, starting in September 2018. We will be kicking off the year with Salsa Night, a chance for the kids to sample what we grow by making their own salsa blends. The Club will be participating in PumpkinFest, with a farm stand and animal demonstrations - milking demos and maybe even an obstacle course. Of course we will continue our work in the garden and barn. We will also continue to explore food by making value-added products such as granola, fruit leather, and more. All this is just the first couple of months of the 4-H year.

Given our busy lives, why should your child join Tollgate Farm 4-H Club? Because they will....
*    Learn about agriculture and develop an understanding of where our food comes from
*    Spend time outside, exploring our environment
*    Learn goal setting, team work, problem solving and more
*    Be involved in community service
*    Be connected to 4-H offerings at the county and state level. This includes workshops, camps, councils and more
*    Have the opportunity to work on farm-based projects - a unique opportunity for suburban/urban youth who do not have a farm connection
*    Have many positive, memorable experiences at MSU Tollgate Farm

The kids have a wealth of opportunities for a membership cost of $20 per year per youth plus some time to spend at the farm!!!

Adult volunteers welcome - no kids required.
We need garden volunteers.

For more information: 
This month's 4-H Newsletter is here!

Oakland County 4-H Connections
is a monthly newsletter for 4-H members, families, and the general community with news and information about 4-H Youth Development activities in Oakland County.

August Oakland County Connections newsletter

Tollgate Opportunities
Tollgate Volunteer Opportunities

There are many fun and friendly opportunities to contribute to Tollgate!
  • The Tollgate Garden Volunteers maintain the nearly 20 ornamental gardens on The Farm.
  • The Tollgate Maple Syrup crew makes maple syrup every year, and does all the preparation and maintenance for sap collecting.
  • The Tollgate Educational Programming staff seek volunteers throughout the calendar year for school and community field trips at The Farm.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
 - Margaret Mead

For educational programming email:

For all other opportunities, visit:
Rent the Tollgate Conference Center

The MSU Tollgate Conference Center, historic barn, and Americana boardroom are available for your next business meeting, bridal or baby shower, or private luncheon. Our event catering staff are available to meet all of your needs.
To learn more about hosting your event at Tollgate, please visit:
MSU Tollgate Conference Center
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center offers programs throughout the year designed to allow adults and children to experience learning hands-on, explore the joys of gardening and the natural world, appreciate and promote locally grown food, and build community. 
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Novi, MI 48377
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