Seeking new approaches to food purchasing, enabling Michigan institutions to make local, good food available to eaters and expand markets for food grown, raised and processed in the state.
The Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) is a space for learning, sharing and working together to get more local food to institutions. We aim to meet the Michigan Good Food Charter goal of 20% Michigan food to institutions by 2020.
Join the Network now! Become a general member or join a subcommittee.
Network membership is open to institutional food service directors and buyers as well as farmers, food vendors and suppliers, advocates, supporters and researchers. By joining the Network, you will have the opportunity to:
Choose from two levels of engagement in the Network.
Three subcommittees carry out the Network’s activities, including Cultivate Michigan, a statewide local food purchasing campaign designed to help Farm to Institution programs grow and track progress. Bring your expertise and help shape the direction of the network by joining one or more subcommittees of your choice.
Outreach & Engagement, led by Lindsey Scalera, Ecology Center
Technical Assistance & Education (Tech Ed), co-led by Garrett Ziegler and Kaitlin Wojciak, MSU Extension Community Food Systems
Research & Impacts, led by Kathryn Colasanti, MSU CRFS
The Michigan Farm to Institution Network is co-coordinated by Colleen Matts, Farm to Institution Specialist with CRFS, and Lindsey Scalera, Farm to Institution Campaign Director with the Ecology Center, with support from MSU Extension. MFIN and Cultivate Michigan are funded, in part, by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Americana Foundation.