Community Food Systems
Michigan State University Extension supports the development of community food systems throughout Michigan by providing resources, specialists and educational programs to develop local food policy councils, farm to institutional purchasing, food hubs and farmers markets.
A sustainable community food system integrates food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of residents. Farmers, consumers and communities partner to create a more locally-based, self-reliant food economy which improves access to all community members to an adequate, affordable nutritious diet.
August 29, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Interest in local foods and where our food comes from generates increased interest in agriculture careers, especially if local food and nutrition topics are taught in schools.
August 26, 2014 | Ashley McFarland | To fill the demand for local ingredients by our booming craft beer industry, both quality barley and quality malt must be produced.
August 26, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Many statutes and laws result in limiting local government’s ability to adopt and enforce regulations. Most are straightforward, but the Right to Farm Act preemption is confusing, changing and only preempts local regulation of certain things.
August 21, 2014 | Hal Hudson | Fall is an excellent time to tune up your garden or lawn for the coming year by taking a soil test.
August 20, 2014 | Terry McLean | Plant disease pressures remain high for growers in urban and semi-rural small scale diversified vegetable farm fields, hoop-houses and market gardens. Harvest of many vegetable crops is well underway.
August 20, 2014 | Kendra Wills | Fremont and Newaygo Farmers Markets are managed collaboratively to better serve vendors and customers.
August 19, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | Those who require Federal Food & Drug Administration certification to produce acidified and low acid foods, and/or acid foods in hermetically sealed containers may attend Michigan State University’s upcoming Better Process Control School.
August 13, 2014 | Terry McLean | Heavy rains this week brought much needed precipitation to some growers in urban and semi-rural small-scale diversified vegetable farm fields, hoop-houses and market gardens.
August 11, 2014 | Diane L. Smith | Learn more about how the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) affects your business and how the MSU Product Center offers food safety plan development assistance to small food processors.
August 11, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | Consumers are using the Michigan Fresh website as a source for how to select, use, and preserve local foods.
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Date: Oct 1, 2014
Location: Muskegon County Building, 133 East Apple Avenue, Room 203, Muskegon, MI 49442
Date: Oct 8, 2014 - Oct 9, 2014
Location: Tawas Bay Playhouse, 401 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI 48730
- Accepting Bridge Cards at Michigan Farmers Markets (E3163)
- Farm-to-Pizza lesson plan
- Food system organizations in Michigan
- MSU Soil and Plant Nutrient Lab
- National food system organizations
- Showcasing Local Foods: Extension Outlook
- The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing
- The Starting Block
- Tollgate Education Farm Center