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.
January 21, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Save the date: April 10-11th, 2015 Grand Rapids, MI
January 14, 2015 | Kaitlin Koch | School gardens are one of the three key elements of farm to school. Learn more about how to use fresh garden produce in the school cafeteria.
January 8, 2015 | Ben Phillips | An upcoming meeting will introduce vegetable research specialists and marketing opportunities to Michigan’s Bay area vegetable growers.
December 29, 2014 | Terry McLean | FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who collaborate with community partners to make schools healthier places for kids to eat, learn and grow.
December 23, 2014 | Garrett Ziegler | Bon Appetit Management Company, a leader in local food service management, and MLB's Giants partner on outfield garden for fruits, vegetables, flowers and even sod.
December 23, 2014 | Garrett Ziegler | With farmers operating at slim margins, they often can't afford to individually market directly to consumers. This new USDA grant allows area farmers to pool their resources for stronger marketing muscle.
December 23, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Harvesting and eating invasive plants may add a new dimension to “local foods.” Many invasive plants and animals started out as old world food that escaped from colonial gardens.
December 22, 2014 | Julia Darnton | This is traditionally the time of year for holiday parties where you either have to bring a dish to pass or want to have something to contribute. Here are some ways to put Michigan-grown food on the table.
December 18, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | Food-related business operators can easily set up online profiles on the new and improved MarketMaker in just a few steps.
December 18, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | MarketMaker has a new look and has been updated with new search features to link food markets across the U.S.
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- 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