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Organic gardening focus of free class at Kirtland on May 7

ROSCOMMON – Kirtland Community College will host a free four-hour community education class on organic gardening, including presentations by two northern Michigan entrepreneurs, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at its main campus near Roscommon.

There’s no charge to attend and the event is open to the public. It will also qualify Master Gardeners for two hours of continuing education. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Speakers at the May 7 event will include Jim Spencer of Pond Hill Farms in Harbor Springs and Ivan Witt of Gaylord. According to organizers, Spencer is a talented full-time farmer with extensive greenhouse and hoophouse experience. And, Witt’s presentation will cover such topics as soil fertility, weed and pest management, and crop rotation.

“You’ll get tips on how to build your own greenhouse or hoophouse, as well as many gardening and growing tips,” said Michelle Devine, admissions coordinator at Kirtland. “It all takes place May 7 at our central campus and the best part of it all it’s free.”

Annually, about 3,200 students attend a variety of certificate and two-year degree programs at Kirtland’s four locations – the main campus near Roscommon and the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in Gaylord, as well as sites in Grayling and West Branch – with the college’s service area including all or parts of Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Otsego, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Gladwin and Alcona counties, and the surrounding areas.

For more information or to register, contact Kathy Koch in the president’s office via e-mail at or by calling 989-275-5000, extension 253. Or, visit online at