Michigan food system notes and happenings.

  • Assorted foods made with Michigan beans. Image credit: Cultivate Michigan

    Beans on the Menu: A Surprising Twist on Traditional Fare


    The Good Food Bite continues its National Farm to School Month celebration this week with a story about how chefs and researchers are using locally-grown beans in innovative recipes for school menus.

  • Photo Credit: Cherry Capital Foods

    The Michigan Apple Crunch is Wednesday, October 25th


    Thousands of children and adults will crunch into fresh Michigan apples in the 5th annual Michigan Apple Crunch on Wednesday, October 25th

  • Photo Credit: Fair Food Network

    Double Up Food Bucks Grows in Michigan with USDA, State & Philanthropic Support


    Double Up Food Bucks is growing in Michigan thanks to new federal, state, and philanthropic support. This August, USDA awarded Fair Food Network a $3.5 million grant to expand and innovate the Double Up (Double Up) program in Michigan, Colorado and New York. 

  • School Garden Educational Opportunities


    This week’s Good Food Bite gives a glance at opportunities to learn more about school gardening, including professional development workshops and educator certification centers throughout Michigan, surrounding states and elsewhere in the US. 

  • Summer Squash

    Groundwork Expands Food and Farming Work to Petoskey Region


    On June 15, the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, launched a new Petoskey office to support an expansion of the organization’s farm to school, food access, and farmer support projects.

  • Spring is Primetime to Network for Michigan’s Meat Processors


    Spring is here, and Michigan’s fruit and vegetable producers are busy prepping fields, starting seeds, and generally ramping up for the summer growing season. The same is true for many livestock producers, who are busy with young animals and pasture management.

  • 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.

  • Allen Market Place’s 2016 CSA fair

    Celebrate National CSA Day!


    Are you an adventurous eater, looking to try new produce? Or maybe part of your New Year’s Resolution was to eat more vegetables? Do you dread fitting weekly grocery store trips into your busy schedule? Or perhaps you would like to know the people who grow food for you and your family? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider joining a CSA! 

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