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Product Center Innovation CounselorBusiness, Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Food Business & Regulation
Community Food SystemsBusiness, Food Business & Regulation, Tourism, Community, Community Food Systems, Farm & Farmers Markets, Food Policy, Safe Food & Water
TourismBusiness, Entrepreneurship, Tourism, Community, Economic Development
Michelle Walk is an Extension educator with Michigan State University Extension in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Michelle has worked in the community development field for over 20 years, including 12 years with MSU Extension. In her current role with MSU Extension, she focuses primarily on business development related local food systems but continues to do some programming in the tourism area.
Michelle provides education and technical assistance on topics including, but not limited to, on-farm food safety, GroupGAP, food hub development, farm-to-school, farmers markets, cottage food law, agritourism, culinary tourism, and local and regional food intiatives. She provides leadership and coordination for the Upper Peninsula Food Exchange as a co-lead for that initiative. Providing technical assistance to farmers and farmers’ market vendors on marketing and value-added ventures. In addition, she works with connecting farmers to retail, restaurants, schools and institutions interested in sourcing local products.
April 1, 2016 | If you are thinking about a school garden, think about starting by forming a school garden team.
April 1, 2016 | The two hour workshop not only covers the regulations around producing under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law but covers items related to food safety and business aspects such as marketing your product.
January 27, 2016 | Considerations in planning a school garden.
May 5, 2013 | Upcoming conference enables Upper Peninsula community members to sharpen their skills and learn ways to take advantage of the positive economic impact of tourism.
May 2, 2013 | Local food policy councils have the ability to affect change without having to enact legislation.
May 2, 2013 | In communities where tourism is one of the primary industries, businesses should be prepared to answer questions about local tourist destinations.
May 2, 2013 | In communities where tourism is one of the primary industries, the community is the product, not your product or service.