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Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food Innovation Center
Greening Michigan Institute
Mariel Borgman is a Community Food Systems Educator serving southwest Michigan. Borgman’s areas of focus include farmers’ market and food system education for adults and youth, farm to institution technical assistance, and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) education for produce growers. Based in Kalamazoo at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Borgman works closely with the college’s Bronson Healthy Living Campus and Center of Excellence in Food Safety. In Calhoun County, Borgman is a member of Good Food Battle Creek, an organization working to further the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter to provide education and access to food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable. Borgman promotes MSU Extension’s Michigan Fresh campaign at local farmers’ markets to help people learn how to select or grow, use, store, and preserve Michigan foods. As a member of the Michigan Farm to Institution Tech-Ed subcommittee, Borgman assists in developing educational materials to support institutional buyers in their local food purchases. Borgman holds a B.S. in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College and a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.
August 22, 2016 | Swapping out non-local ingredients in recipes is a way to increase local food purchases.
August 22, 2016 | School nutrition professionals can have a positive influence on a student’s lunch choices.
July 27, 2016 | This series covers growing, preparing and tasting a variety of vegetables and culinary herbs.
June 6, 2016 | Spinach and collards and kale! Oh my! How to properly wash, prepare and preserve your greens.
March 22, 2016 | March means its maple syrup season in Michigan.
January 20, 2016 | It may come as a surprise to small produce growers that are exempt from the FDA’s new Produce Safety Rule that they need documentation of their status by Jan. 26, 2016
January 18, 2016 | In Michigan, the International Year of Pulses means the International Year of Dry Beans.
December 31, 2015 | Canal Street Café and Cranes Pie Pantry took home the honors in the first annual Best Eats competition.
December 30, 2015 | The produce safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act goes into effect Jan. 26, 2016.
November 30, 2015 | The third annual Good Food Battle Creek Local Food Conference brought together eaters, farmers, and educators from the Battle Creek region.