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.
December 18, 2013 | Randy Bell | Chefs report that restaurant diners are increasingly seeking menu choices that offer locally-grown produce, locally-sourced meat and seafood and food that is produced in a manner that is environmentally sustainable.
December 16, 2013 | Kendra Wills | This is the third consecutive year local food was the most important item on the menu according to the NRA’s national survey of over 1,300 chefs.
December 13, 2013 | Kristine Hahn | Food demonstrations in the Eastern Market proved successful.
December 13, 2013 | Kristine Hahn | Food sovereignty is the next step beyond food security that includes people determining their own food or agriculture policy, and being able to choose food that they want.
December 13, 2013 | Kristine Hahn | Gardening does more than create beautiful spaces. It can also help address current problems of nutrition and help reduce crime.
December 13, 2013 | Kristine Hahn | The Garden Resource Program supports and connects urban gardeners in Detroit thereby strengthening the local food system.
December 13, 2013 | Kristine Hahn | Food processing can improve our food and our economy.
December 10, 2013 | Rob Sirrine | Program offers incentives for farmers to undertake conservation activities.
December 10, 2013 | Randy Bell | This federally-funded program helps assure that moms, babies and children under 5 have nutritious food to address nutrition-related health problems and increase healthy development.
December 9, 2013 | Garrett Ziegler | Two Wednesday sessions give farmers the opportunity to learn more about local food and farm to institution work happening here in Michigan.
To find an MSU Extension expert who covers your location or to find an expert in your area of interest, please visit the MSU Extension Expert Search. To reach an MSU Extension county office, call toll-free 1-888-678-3464.
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Date: Mar 1, 2014 - Mar 2, 2014
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688
- 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