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.
October 29, 2014 | Garrett Ziegler | Urban Growers in Muskegon are facing more challenges than just pests and the weather.
October 29, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Garbage to Garden is now a two part webinar that focuses on composting strategies for community gardens, school gardens, urban farms, and food establishments that want to close the sustainable loop through preserving their natural resources and increasing
October 28, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | Residents of the Berrien County Juvenile Center enjoy more fresh fruits and vegetables through the Michigan Farm to School Grant Program and Andrews University CSA.
October 28, 2014 | Garrett Ziegler | The fourth and final Cultivate Michigan purchasing guide for 2014 is now available and is featuring the iconic Michigan Apple!
October 27, 2014 | Garrett Ziegler | This year’s Great Lakes Fruit and Vegetable Expo has opportunities for farmers to learn about ways to engage with sustainable local food systems through food hubs.
October 27, 2014 | Terry McLean | Apple season is well underway! A recent Cultivate Michigan apple orchard tour in southeastern Michigan highlighted the importance of the apple crop to farmers, the versatility of the crop and its value to institutional food purchasers.
October 24, 2014 | Terry McLean | Fall is here and we have recorded several killing frosts to date.
October 17, 2014 | Sarah Eichberger | Regional event inspires action.
October 8, 2014 | Kaitlin Koch | From large to small scale events, Michigan residents are gearing up to celebrate National Food Day on October 24.
October 2, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Garbage to Garden is a composting workshop for community gardens, school gardens, urban farms and food establishments.
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Date: Nov 4, 2014
Location: Lake Superior State University Cisler Center, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Date: Nov 4, 2014
Location: Kellogg Center, 55 S. Harrison Ave., East Lansing, MI 48824
Date: Dec 15, 2014 - Dec 17, 2014
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites, 2200 Hampton Place, Okemos, MI 48864
- 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