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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.
July 29, 2013 | The city has just broke ground on construction of the new downtown location for the farmers market.
June 3, 2013 | The Ottawa County Food Policy Council is hard at work to achieve their goal of providing healthy food for all county residents.
June 3, 2013 | Collaborative marketing key in development of Grand Rapids beer tourism; second consecutive Beer City USA title for Grand Rapids demonstrates a true collaborative marketing effort and boosts area tourism effort.
April 9, 2013 | Increasing access to healthy food is possible through innovative programs like Double-Up Food Bucks and markets accepting Bridge cards
April 9, 2013 | Several urban farms across the state are helping transform unused urban land into productive agriculture property.
February 27, 2013 | Building communication channels across the food supply chain will help push local food system development. Upcoming events hope to bridge the gap.
February 2, 2013 | Hospitals are answering the local food call by providing fresh produce to employees and community members through farmers markets.
February 2, 2013 | By closing the agricultural loop, a local or community food system can help reduce waste associated with food consumption.
December 31, 2012 | Farmers and food entrepreneurs across the country have developed innovative ways to connect producers and purchasers through online farmers market and food co-op models.
December 31, 2012 | Consider a gift that is sure to satisfy as it supports your community the next time you’re looking for something special for the food lover in your life.