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.
April 17, 2014 | Kendra Wills | A survey of community gardens by MSU Extension finds that many already have waiting lists.
April 17, 2014 | Mark Hitchcock | While the season’s change, this may be great time to eat your way through your day.
April 17, 2014 | Mark Hitchcock | While the season’s change, this may be great time to eat your way through your day in Michigan.
April 1, 2014 | Julie Avery | The arts can grow community awareness about local food and farming and their impact on children, families, farmers, our communities and the land around us.
March 28, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | Cottage to Commercial training will help you understand how to turn your food business idea into a commercial reality.
March 27, 2014 | Becky Henne | Voices for Food will be launching in four rural Michigan communities to address food security.
March 27, 2014 | Randy Bell | Add cooking oils to the growing list of Michigan-grown and processed specialty products.
March 25, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Gardening offers the opportunity for childhood discovery, learning and experience through doing.
March 20, 2014 | Mary Dunckel | National Ag Day takes place March 25, 2014.
March 20, 2014 | Becky Henne | One of five collective impact conditions is an assortment of mutually reinforcing activities that produce meaningful change.
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Date: Apr 24, 2014
Location: Grand Rapids Downtown Market, 435 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 - second floor teaching kitchen
Date: Apr 29, 2014
Location: NECI 219 North 4th Street/2nd Floor, Niles, MI 49120
Date: Jun 17, 2014
Location: Michigan State University, 474 South Shaw Lane, Room 1300, East Lansing, MI
- 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