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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 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.
October 29, 2014 | Urban Growers in Muskegon are facing more challenges than just pests and the weather.
October 28, 2014 | The fourth and final Cultivate Michigan purchasing guide for 2014 is now available and is featuring the iconic Michigan Apple!
October 27, 2014 | This year’s Great Lakes Fruit and Vegetable Expo has opportunities for farmers to learn about ways to engage with sustainable local food systems through food hubs.
July 28, 2014 | The popular mobile market program is operating a second “van” that will serve several locations in the Muskegon area.
June 6, 2014 | MFIN’s new Cultivate Michigan local purchasing campaign creates a platform for Michigan Institutions to find local producers and track local purchases.
April 24, 2014 | Local food Credit options 2 and 3 give greater options for supporting local food through monetary and volunteer support pledges.
April 24, 2014 | Innovative local food supply chain work on display at the 2nd annual national food hub conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
February 11, 2014 | New committee will be tasked with assisting member organizations on sourcing locally produced food for their facilities and events.
February 11, 2014 | The first LEED credit for food production currently in the pilot phase.