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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.
December 24, 2016 | Gifting a share in a local CSA farm provides friends and loved ones with a season of nature's bounty and supports a local business.
November 14, 2016 | Institutional food buyers get up close and personal with Michigan vegetable production on recent farm tour.
September 28, 2016 | The Ottawa county Food Policy Council receives funding to bring more local produce to food pantries.
August 8, 2016 | The week of August 7-13 is proclaimed National Farmers Market Week.
August 2, 2016 | Local farmers markets are home to gleaning initiatives that help community members who need it most.
August 2, 2016 | National survey documents impacts of food hubs on local food systems.
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.