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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.
May 8, 2015 | Many Michigan food banks and food pantries welcome donations of fresh produce from gardeners.
April 6, 2015 | With farmers market season just around the corner, the time is ripe for a food safety refresher.
April 6, 2015 | Soil testing services offered by Michigan State University Extension can benefit your garden, your wallet and the environment.
March 10, 2015 | Visit a winter market or grow your own cold-hardy crops beyond the traditional growing season.
March 10, 2015 | Planting tips from Michigan State University Extension can help you get your garden off to a great start.