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 3, 2015 | Gerald May | Community Considerations for Raising Livestock in Populated Areas is a workshop discussing local planning for livestock facilities in urban and suburban areas.
February 26, 2015 | Kendra Wills | Michigan State University Extension offers useful tips for the home vegetable gardener.
February 24, 2015 | Kendra Wills | The Michigan Farmers Market Association has a guide to walk your community through a comprehensive assessment.
February 18, 2015 | Kaitlin Koch | The fourth annual All About Food: From Farm to Fork Conference attracted nearly 200 food systems stakeholders for educational sessions and delicious food.
February 10, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Growers and processors interested in expanding their markets can connect with retail and institutional buyers at this annual event.
February 6, 2015 | Kendra Wills | Several exciting local food projects are in under development in this lakeshore community.
February 3, 2015 | Steve Lovejoy | MSU Extension will offer three programs to assist in applying for grants to increase the supply of locally produced foods.
January 29, 2015 | Terry McLean | The Mr. Rogers Garden Program, a Flint-area youth development program, has been recognized by Michigan Food and Farming Systems for its great work in the Flint community.
January 28, 2015 | Randy Bell | One third of all food produced worldwide goes to waste resulting in continued world hunger and adverse effects to the environment.
January 26, 2015 | Mark Hitchcock | Governor Rick Snyder proclaims food and agriculture industry in Michigan exceeds $100 billion.
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Date: Mar 6, 2015
Location: Anna Whitten Hall Room 128, 202 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Date: Mar 10, 2015
Location: Joseph Heirman University Center, 2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49828
Date: Mar 17, 2015 - Mar 24, 2015
Location: MSU Extension Office - Washtenaw County, 705 Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48107
- 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