Events and Programs

Tollgate has a variety of opportunities  to explore agriculture, natural resources, and the ecology of the outdoors. We instill the importance of agriculture and a sustainable food system through hands-on exploration. Through innovative methods and engaging programs, participants are making healthier food choices while recognizing the benefits of purchasing food locally. Throughout the year there are many educational programs, special events and activities conducted at Tollgate. 


Thursday, April 16th, 2015 1pm - 5pm

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The Regional Rural Development Centers in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has developed workshop materials and resources focused on improving the funding success rate of applicants to USDA AMS grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). Michigan, through the NCRCRD and MSU Extension, is participating in this project and offers the following training programs to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure AMS resources to further the provision of local foods.






Special Events
Learn about Special events at Tollgate by clicking on the “Upcoming Programs” Tab at the side of this page

Adult Education Programs
Programs on urban agriculture, consumer horticulture, and other special interest topics are held throughout the year.

Summer Day Camp Programs
At Tollgate we provide safe and educationally valuable summer experiences that are unforgettable. Visit our “Summer Day Camps” tab to learn more.

Family “Activity” Days
Tollgate is open from dawn to dusk for self-guided exploration, but on specialty activity days, we give visitors the chance to explore behind the scenes. You can take a wagon ride, learn where cheese comes from and much, much more.

Tollgate Garden Volunteers
Tollgate serves as a location for fulfilling required contact hours for the Master Gardener Volunteer Program certification.

Break-Week Camps
The gardens are dormant in the winter but the fun never really stops. From Maple sugaring in February to the new life in April, school break periods are a wonderful time to be at the farm.

Sun, Water, and Seeds 4-H Club
Looking to get more involved and have a lasting impact on the farm? Consider joining the Tollgate based Sun, Water, and Seed’s 4-H Club, where their motto is, “It’s not what we grow, it how we grow”.

There are also a variety of other classes focusing on forestry, waterside management issues and other agriculture and natural resource topics conducted on the farm.  All classes are administered by MSU Extension or main campus faculty.