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.
March 26, 2015 | Brad Neumann | Urban livestock workgroup calls for the creation of an urban agriculture act to stimulate and support efforts to raise and grow food locally.
March 25, 2015 | Michelle Neff | Michigan is part of a six-state, federally-funded research project called Voices for Food. This article explores how the youth perspective is included in this grant.
March 20, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Double Up Food Bucks increases food access in northwest Michigan.
March 20, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Funding available for agricultural producers to install renewable energy systems.
March 19, 2015 | Kendra Wills | Michigan hens lay about 227 million eggs each year, so you can support local food production by purchasing local eggs.
March 19, 2015 | Garrett Ziegler | A brief introduction into what the term Community Supported Agriculture means and the benefits for consumers and farmers.
March 15, 2015 | Garrett Ziegler | Visitors to the Downtown Market can meet with farmers and learn about community supported agriculture (CSA) program's on March 21.
March 12, 2015 | Ashley McFarland | Extension workshops are scheduled at the North Farm to support Upper Peninsula citizens’ utilization of season extension technologies to produce food both for their own homes and for the local markets.
March 11, 2015 | Randy Bell | Gathering was held day after Valentine’s Day, which provided the opportunity for local food lovers to gather on the University of Michigan campus to learn and share their enthusiasm.
March 10, 2015 | Mariel Borgman | Visit a winter market or grow your own cold-hardy crops beyond the traditional growing season.
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Date: Apr 1, 2015
Location: Grayling City Hall, 1020 City Blvd., Grayling, MI 48738
Date: Apr 1, 2015
Location: Forward Financial Credit Union Conference room, located at W8159 U.S. 2, Iron Mountain, MI
Date: Apr 10, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015
Location: L.V. Eberhard Conference Center, Grand Valley State University, 301 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
- Cultivate Michigan
- Farm-to-Pizza lesson plan
- Food system organizations in Michigan
- Michigan Food Hub Learning and Innovation Network
- 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