Snapshot

Michigan food system notes and happenings.

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

    04/6/2017

    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!

    03/17/2017

    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

    02/16/2017

    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

    11/15/2016

    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!

    02/24/2017

    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! 

  • Photo credit: Lindsey Scalera

    Showing Michigan Cherries Some Love this Valentine’s Day

    02/3/2017

    This Valentine’s Day, over 100,000 Michiganders will celebrate local agriculture by participating in the Michigan Cherry Slurp. This one-day event is an opportunity for Michigan institutions including schools, early childhood programs, hospitals, colleges and universities, organizations, businesses, and individuals to get creative and host an event centered around Michigan tart cherries.

  • Collaborative Mural Captures Values and Themes from the 2016 Michigan Good Food Summit!

    11/4/2016

    Do you know an organization that would like to own and display the Michigan Good Food Summit mural? Keep reading to find out how you can nominate and vote for a business or organization to receive the mural!

  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Announces $2 Million in Support for Regional Food System

    08/17/2016

    The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan this week announced it will award $2 million in grants to 20 programs designed to improve healthy food access for children and seniors in southeast Michigan. The grants are part of a 2-year regional initiative called Healthy Food Connect, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the Community Foundation.

  • MDARD logo courtesy of michigan.gov/mdard/

    MDARD presented a Platinum Hall of Fame Award for donating 18,000 lbs. of food to food banks

    07/5/2016

    The United States Department of Agriculture recently presented the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development the Platinum Hall of Fame Award for donating more than 18,000 pounds of food to charities across the state through its Pesticide Data Program.

  • Photo courtesy Gary Howe

    Survey of local farm needs, interest, and crops for Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food Hub

    04/25/2016

    As part of the planning and development process for a new food hub in Southwest Michigan, a survey of local farms is being conducted in order to better understand farmer needs, interests, and crops that could be sold through the hub.

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