Green tech ‘going through the roof’ at Montcalm Area Career Center

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 12:37 pm on Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Michigan Farm Bureau was on hand for last year’s All Things Green Expo at Montcalm Area Career Center. This year’s event focuses on rooftop gardening technology. — Courtesy photo

SIDNEY — The idea of going green is moving up at Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC), all the way to the roof, in fact.

That’s where the action’s going to be Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m., when master gardeners from across the area converge on the college for this year’s “All Things Green” event.

This annual community expo, free and open to the public, will focus on rooftop gardening and the technology behind it. Brad Rowe, a professor of horticulture at Michigan State University, has extensively researched “green roof technology” and will be sharing some of the advances that have been made in this area.

According to Merry Kim Meyers, MACC agriscience instructor and Future Farmers of America adviser, innovative farming techniques are constantly developing and evolving.

“Agriculture is coming to the forefront in our county,” Meyers said. “We’re beginning to realize more and more what we need to do to produce quality food and products that are local and take a little pride in Montcalm County.”

In addition to the rooftop gardening presentation, there will also be numerous vendors and experts on hand to offer advice on how to handle everything from small backyard gardening projects to large scale farming operations.

Other green technologies also will be represented, including new developments in fuels. According to Celena Mills, associate superintendent CCE and career center principal, one of the more unique vendors at this year’s event is Greenville Truck and Welding (GTW).

Hydroponic gardening is one of the green technologies that have been examined at previous All Things Green events at Montcalm Area Career Center. — Courtesy photo

“GTW will be demonstrating a new fuel, called Magnegas,” Mills said. “It’s generated from what would otherwise be waste fuel. Also, our construction group is going to feature some green building techniques and talk about making homes more energy efficient.”

Mills added that the expo gets bigger and better each year, both in terms of the number of vendors who participate and the number of area residents who drop by for the event.

“I want to say we had about 25 vendors last year,” Mills said. “But it grows every year. Most of our vendors are from the greater Montcalm area; most are from within the county but there also are those that touch the borders because they do business here within the county.”

The expo, Mills said, will be of interest to anyone involved in the agriscience field or residents who understand the benefits of supporting the local business community. Those who wish to check out the vendors should come early in the event, prior to Rowe’s presentation.


If you go …

What: All Things Green

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Montcalm Area Career Center, 1550 W Sidney Rd, Sidney

For more information: Call the MACC Agriscience Department at (616) 255-5734.

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