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Living the Good Food Life

A spotlight on people working toward equity, sustainability and thriving economies in Michigan’s food system.

  • Devon Wilson is Founder at Sunlight Gardens in Battle Creek

    Good Food Life: Devon Wilson


    Devon Wilson is Founder of Sunlight Gardens in Battle Creek, an alumnus of the Michigan State University Organic Farmer Training Program, and winner of the Michigan Good Food Fund Battle Creek Bootcamp Pitch Competition.

  • Brian is the co-owner/operator of Bear Creek Organic Farm in Petoskey, MI.

    Good Food Life: Brian Bates


    Brian Bates, co-owner and operator of Bear Creek Organic Farm, is part of the Keynote Panel at the upcoming Michigan Good Food SummitHere he gives an overview of his work as it relates to meeting the goals of the Good Food Charter. 

  • Good Food Life: J.R. Reynolds


    J.R. Reynolds, coordinator of Good Food Battle Creek and social justice consultant, will deliver the closing keynote address at the 2016 Michigan Good Food Summit.

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Good Food in Action

Stories of progress and successes in Michigan.

  • A Bite-sized Look at Progress on Good Food Access


    Snapshots of Michigan’s progress on all 25 priorities filled the 2016 Good Food Charter report card. We think it’s so important to recognize these accomplishments that we’ve created this bite-sized look which, this week, highlights a few of the successes from the good food access theme!

  • Akello Karamoko (left) and Antonio Cosme (right)

    Developing Leaders for Good Food Change in our Communities


    Antonio Cosme and Akello Karamoko are two energetic and determined individuals who are passionate about improving their Michigan communities and supporting those who are historically underserved.

  • $15.4 Billion Contributed to Michigan’s Economy by the Food Retail Industry


    Michigan’s food retail industry contributed a net $15.4 billion to Michigan’s gross domestic product – 3% of the state’s GDP, according to a recent analysis by MSU Center for Regional Food Systems using State Treasury data.

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Michigan food system notes and happenings.

  • Courtesy of Julie Preneta – Leelanau Children’s Center

    Helping Michigander’s Littlest Eaters Bite into Good Food!


    This is National CACFP week – a week to raise awareness of how federal funding helps bring healthy foods to adults and children in day care settings.

  • Noted Civil Rights Activist Speaks on Overcoming Barriers to Farm Land Access


    The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the Detroit Food Policy Council hosted noted civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod to share her story Jan. 25 in Detroit. Her story connected to the struggles marginalized populations still experience in Detroit – and across the country – with unequal access to land.

  • Six Michigan Healthy Food Retail Projects Split $380,000 in Catalytic Investment Awards


    Six healthy food retail projects in Detroit, Jackson, Flint, and Grand Rapids will share $380,000 in Catalytic Investment Awards from the Michigan Good Food Fund, a statewide loan fund working to increase healthy food access and spark economic development in communities that need it most. The Fund was created in partnership by Capital Impact Partners, Fair Food Network, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. These awards were designed to catalyze high-impact projects with the goal to grow their capacity to successfully secure financing within the next 12 months.