In early 2013, CRFS and the Union of Concerned Scientists convened economists and local food researchers to examine economic analyses of local and regional food systems. Results will be shared at a May 20 webinar and are presented in a brief publication.
"Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool," provides guidance to planners, developers, elected officials and community advocates on supporting farm and food business collaboration and innovation.
Surveys conducted by CRFS in 2012 show growing participation and interest in local food purchasing by both institutions and farmers.
The nine-month program at the MSU Student Organic Farm is taking applications for 2014. Merit and need-based scholarships are available to assist new and beginning farmers in participating in this training.