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 3, 2013 | Joanne Davidhizar | Connecting with new buyers and markets for fruit and vegetable growers is made easier through the MarketMaker exhibit and the Meet the Buyers reception at the Great Lakes EXPO Dec. 10-12.
December 2, 2013 | Rob Sirrine | Register now for the 2014 Integrated Pest Management Academy held February 18-19, 2014, in Okemos, Mich.
November 22, 2013 | Diane L. Smith | Learn how to prepare for and approach a retailer to carry your food product in their store.
November 22, 2013 | Diane L. Smith | How to market your food product in the grocery store to gain customer loyalty and higher sales.
November 17, 2013 | Rita Klavinski | Enjoy the bounty of squash that was harvested this year in your fall and winter meals.
November 13, 2013 | Julia Darnton | Belding Middle School students tried new whole grains during lunch in a food demonstration. Whole grains will be appearing more often on school menus – and some of the students might just like the taste.
November 11, 2013 | Katherine E. Hale | Michigan Food Policy Council policies align closely with those identified in Macomb County by the Macomb Food Collaborative.
November 8, 2013 | Joanne Davidhizar | Cottage to Commercial training will help you understand how to turn your food business idea into a commercial reality.
November 7, 2013 | Beth Clawson | Facilitating effective workshops helps to engage gardeners through learning experiences. Learning experiences both enable and energize participants leading to a higher level of dedication and inspiration in your organization.
November 7, 2013 | Geoffrey Habron | Michigan is a great place to host a sustainable Thanksgiving. We have a lot of local foods from which to choose if you know what and where to look.
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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