Good Food in Action

Stories of progress and successes in Michigan.

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    Fair Food Pledge protects Michigan Farm Workers

    06/15/2017

    Agriculture is a key sector of Michigan’s economy. Nationally, Michigan is the second highest producing state of fresh produce in the U.S. Michigan farmers commonly hire migrant and seasonal laborers to harvest produce through a federal guest worker visa program.

  • Naturally Norm's Farm, a farm from which Bronson Healthcare sources shell eggs. Photo Credit: Amy Getman, Bronson Healthcare

    Cracking the Code Bronson Healthcare’s Journey to Local Eggs

    06/9/2017

    Since 2008, Grant Fletcher, the System Director of Healthy Living and Sustainability at Bronson has been changing the way the health system sources food for patients and employees at Bronson Healthcare. Fletcher, recently decided to take on a new challenge: sourcing all eggs from local producers. 

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    Seed Grants Now Available for Local Food Councils

    06/1/2017

    The Michigan Local Food Council Network (MLFCN) has announced a second round of its Seed Grant program. The Seed Grant program was developed for existing and developing Michigan local food councils, including food policy councils.

  • Michigan Good Food Fund Tops $10.5 Million Milestone In Statewide Good Food Investments

    05/26/2017

    Six food enterprises in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Southeast Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula received financing from the Michigan Good Food Fund, marking more than $10.5 million in investments since its launch two years ago.

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    A Bite-sized Look at Progress on Farms and Farmers

    05/4/2017

    This is the second in a five-part series updating readers on progress made in the five priority areas of the Michigan Good Food Charter agenda. In March, we looked at progress on Good Food Access. With planting season underway and in anticipation of the upcoming bounty of Michigan produce, this week we’ll take a “bite-sized” look at the priority area of Farms and Farmers.

  • Growers at Mc Laughlin Urban Farm Photo Credit: Marty Gerencer

    Muskegon Prescribes Food for Health

    04/26/2017

    Many of us who live in middle class or upper middle class neighborhoods with beautiful trees, parks nearby and easy access with our cars to a grocery store within blocks or just a few miles, don’t realize that some neighborhoods live in an urban desert—no place to buy food for your family except potato chips and other unhealthy food you may find at a gas station.

  • The Good Food Movement in Kalamazoo: A Snapshot

    04/21/2017

    A video snapshot of Good Food efforts in Kalamazoo, first shown at the 2016 Michigan Good Food Summit.

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    “10 Cents a Meal” Report: State pilot expands successfully

    04/10/2017

    Last May, michiganfood.org featured “10 Cents a Meal”, a program that the state Legislature subsequently adopted as a pilot project to provide schools with match incentive funding up to 10 cents per meal to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables and dry beans. In March of this year, a report on the pilot was released to the Michigan Legislature. It highlights many successes.

  • Photos courtesy of Ridgeview Orchards

    Growing Michigan Food: Good Agricultural Practices with Migrant labor

    03/31/2017

    Immigration is a hot topic in our national news, and is also something that our food system in Michigan currently relies heavily on. The number of migrant workers employed in agriculture in Michigan is not well known, but it is thought that it is anywhere between 35,000-50,000 in a year.

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

    03/9/2017

    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!

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