Virtue Cider is located on 50 acres of heritage farmland, and it's part of our charge to restore and maintain the grounds for a healthy ecosystem in Western Michigan. As we build our orchard plans for future apple harvests, we enlisted our Agricultural Director Ryan Beck to further the development of our farm. With the example of permaculture to guide him, he started this process in tandem with Farm & Hospitality Director Missy Corey. They introduced chickens and heritage breed pigs to help fertilize our soil through low-impact farming methods. Last year we invited Event Coordinator Johanna Bystrom’s sheep (from local soil health program garlic + sheep) to the farm to help mow down some invasive species of plants, and form plans for future grazing systems on the farm.
We are offering two agricultural workshops during the month of April. Come hang out with us this spring to learn more about why we choose this style of farming for orchard living. Both workshops include tastes of our Orchard Series ciders.
Spring Farm Tour and Workshops: April 14 & 28
Workshops begin at 4pm EDT and will run until 6:30pm EST. Cost is $25 per guest and includes a in-depth tour of the farm at Virtue Cider, full workshop (as detailed below) and finish up with tastings from our Orchard Series ciders featuring fruit from our orchard neighbors and partners, as well as our own.
Friday, April 14 – Agricultural Ecosystems – Full farm tour and talk with Virtue Agricultural Director Ryan Beck and shepherd Johanna Bystrom who will focus on the benefits of raising healthy animals, to feed soil that will grow better healthier plants. Taste from our Orchard Series ciders, talk about farm life cycle, and hug a baby sheep (born just days ago!).
Friday, April 28 – Arbor Day and Tree Planting – Celebrate Arbor Day with a tree-filled experience at Virtue Cider. Get a full farm tour and learn about tree care and planting with Virtue Agricultural Director Ryan Beck. Enjoy tastings from our Orchard Series ciders, and plant an apple tree!
Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (269) 722-3232.