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Garrett is a Community Food Systems Educator who serves both Extension Districts 5 & 7 and covers the following counties: Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Lake, Mason. He has expertise in assisting local institutions (schools, hospitals, colleges/universities, long-term care facilities) source and serve more locally produced food. He serves on the leadership committee of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network and is chair of the Network's Tech Ed Subcommittee. Garrett has worked extensively on the development of a state-wide local purchasing campaign for insitutions called Cultivate Michigan. Garrett also has worke closely with local farmers to help them find acess to new makrets for their produce and meats and has expertise in local farm network development and collaborative community supported agriculture marketing.
Garrett also has worked extensively with the development of tourism resources and events in the state of Michigan, specifically focused on local food, farms, and art through Southwest Michigan's Arts and Eats tour. Garrett also has an interest in tourism development around the growing craft beverage industry and Michigan and the new local supply chain that is being developed to support it.
May 2, 2016 | The WMGG has made strides in their goal to nurture local farmer relations after a winter strategic planning session.
September 10, 2015 | Recently introduced legislation would ease financial burden on new and young farmers by providing access to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
July 2, 2015 | The Cultivate Michigan campaign is helping to raise awareness and increase institutional purchasing of local products one featured food at a time.
July 2, 2015 | A Grand Rapids Food Hub, West Michigan FarmLink, was recently awarded over $70,000 from MDARD through the Value-Added & Regional Food Systems Grant.
April 1, 2015 | Arts and Eats returns to west Michigan for the fifth year, promoting local artists, farms and eateries!
March 19, 2015 | A brief introduction into what the term Community Supported Agriculture means and the benefits for consumers and farmers.
March 15, 2015 | Keeping active while traveling can be difficult, here is one new, innovative way to get the heart rate up in new places.
March 15, 2015 | Visitors to the Downtown Market can meet with farmers and learn about community supported agriculture (CSA) program's on March 21.
December 23, 2014 | Bon Appetit Management Company, a leader in local food service management, and MLB's Giants partner on outfield garden for fruits, vegetables, flowers and even sod.
December 23, 2014 | With farmers operating at slim margins, they often can't afford to individually market directly to consumers. This new USDA grant allows area farmers to pool their resources for stronger marketing muscle.