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.
November 21, 2014 | Michelle Jarvie | How food date labels cause confusion and food waste.
November 21, 2014 | Julia Darnton | Growers have had your Thanksgiving turkey growing on their Michigan farm since early July. Many farmers encourage you to pre-order your turkey to guarantee there will be a fresh bird available for your holiday table.
November 21, 2014 | Julia Darnton | The new Farm Bill incentive program is allowing consumers to support their local farmers.
November 19, 2014 | Kendra Wills | This Michigan-grown fruit hits its prime season with consumers in November.
November 13, 2014 | Ashley McFarland | The Upper Peninsula Farm Incubator is now accepting applications for their Apprentice Farmer Program.
November 12, 2014 | Julia Darnton | A panel of farmers at the 2014 Michigan Good Food Summit ties much of their success to social and business connections forged through persistence and trust building.
November 11, 2014 | Matt Grieshop | You may have experience with two and four footed livestock but how about livestock with six or no legs?
November 10, 2014 | Kendra Wills | Consumers may need to plan ahead to get a fresh Michigan turkey for their holiday table.
November 6, 2014 | Randy Bell | Michigan State University has received the funding to create the Food Processing and Innovation Center, a place for established companies to create and commercialize vibrant new food products.
November 5, 2014 | Kendra Wills | An urban farm is transforming a neighborhood that lacks healthy food options while providing high school students with valuable job skills.
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Date: Nov 25, 2014
Date: Dec 3, 2014
Location: Grand Rapids Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Date: Dec 15, 2014 - Dec 17, 2014
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites, 2200 Hampton Place, Okemos, MI 48864
- 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