Local Food & Farmers Markets

Kendra Wills and Garrett Ziegler are Community Food System Educators that serve the eight counties of Districts 5 and 7 (Allegan, Kent, Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa). We offer technical assistance and/or programs on the following topics:

  • Technical Assistance for Food Service Directors in K-12 Schools and Hospitals interested in purchasing more local food
  • Understanding Community Food Systems – what it means, what are the components, how local food contributes to a healthy local economy?
  • Professional Development for Farmers Market Managers
  • Programming and grant writing to encourage the growth of Local Food Hubs
  • Professional Development for Fruit and Vegetable Growers related to direct, retail and institutional sales
  • Professional Development for K-12 Educators Interested in School Gardens or Classroom Activities Focused on Local Food
  • Technical assistance with local food community events and collaborations
  • Connection to other Michigan State University resources to assist local food businesses

Office Location

MSU Extension at the Grand Rapid’s Downtown Market
109 Logan Ave SW, Suite B102 - Grand Rapids, MI 49503
MSUE at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market Facebook Page

Contact Information

Kendra Wills
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(616) 608-7424

Garrett Ziegler
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(616) 608-7436

Valuable Local Food Resources 

Farmers Market Manager Resources