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 6, 2014 | Kristine Hahn | Educational resources and workshops sponsored by the Southeast Michigan Resources Conservation & Development Council will help ensure the success of new and existing hoophouse growers.
March 6, 2014 | Kristine Hahn | The Wayne County Local Food Initiative through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has $150,000 for the construction of seasonal high tunnels for eligible applicants.
March 5, 2014 | Mark Hitchcock | Recent agreement with Tawas City offers opportunity for growth for the Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Market.
March 5, 2014 | Mark Hitchcock | Alcona County FFA Sugar Shack project produces some of the highest-quality products during Michigan Maple Syrup Month: maple syrup and youth leadership.
March 5, 2014 | Terry McLean | In its third year nationally, 125 FoodCorps service members and 15 FoodCorps Fellows are making a difference at 108 sites across 15 states!
March 5, 2014 | Kendra Wills | Lessons from the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids’ Veggie Van.
March 3, 2014 | Diane L. Smith | Determining the number of servings and what else to consider when you select a package, case and minimum order to maximize your sales.
March 3, 2014 | Becky Henne | One of five collective impact conditions is the commitment by partners to a common agenda.
February 28, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Michigan State University survey reveals the industry’s greatest concerns.
February 26, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Selling locally-grown food at a roadside market or in a farmers market stall requires merchandising. Get a step up on the competition through promotion techniques that entice the customer.
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Date: Apr 3, 2014 - Apr 3, 2014
Date: Apr 22, 2014
Date: Apr 24, 2014
Location: Grand Rapids Downtown Market, 435 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 - second floor teaching kitchen
- 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