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.
July 22, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | Learn about wine and juice grape management practices, equipment and research findings at Viticulture Field Day, July 30, 2014.
July 21, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Hops production gaining traction in the Thumb counties for Michigan craft beers, tourism, and potentially food too!
July 21, 2014 | Kendra Wills | County fair animal auctions provide opportunities for chefs to purchase local beef, chicken, rabbit, pork and lamb while supporting youth.
July 18, 2014 | Ashley McFarland | A recently-awarded grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development seeks to determine the agronomic potential in the U.P.
July 16, 2014 | Terry McLean | A mid-summer cooler period and abundant rainfall in the past two weeks has moderated vegetable crop growth in urban and semi-rural small scale diversified farm fields, hoop-houses and market gardens.
July 7, 2014 | Sarah Eichberger | Hospitals promote health and disease prevention by supporting healthy food environments.
July 3, 2014 | Randy Bell | The shortest of all food supply chains is from one’s backyard directly to the kitchen! Backyard gardening is an excellent way for people to reap the benefits of fresher, nutrient-rich foods.
July 3, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Some simple best management practices can reduce problems and provide great compost when managing compost in urban farm and community garden settings.
July 3, 2014 | Rob Sirrine | IPM collaborations continue, MSU Extension hops programs announced.
July 2, 2014 | Terry McLean | Warmer weather and favorable rainfall in the past week has vegetable crops growing rapidly in urban and semi-rural small scale diversified farm fields and hoop-houses.
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Date: Aug 12, 2014
Location: KBS Pasture Dairy Center, 10461 N. 40th St. in Hickory Corners. (Entrance is on N. 39 St.)
Date: Aug 15, 2014
Location: MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684)
Date: Oct 1, 2014
Location: Muskegon County Building, 133 East Apple Avenue, Room 203, Muskegon, MI 49442
- 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