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.

Michigan Farm to Institution Network

Become a member of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network

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. Through the network, we host a statewide local food purchasing campaign, called Cultivate Michigan, to help Farm to Institution programs grow and track their progress.

We help

  • Institutions such as hospitals, early childhood programs, schools, and colleges find, buy and use Michigan foods;
  • Farmers and food suppliers offer the local foods institutions want in the ways they need; and
  • Eaters at institutions identify, value and enjoy local foods.

Become a Member

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 use your skills and knowledge to help shape farm to institution programs in Michigan; network and participate in learning activities and social events across the state; and be part of a larger movement to help take local food purchasing at Michigan institutions to the next level!

Membership Benefits
  • Invitations to network events
  • Periodic e-news with network updates
  • Join network action meetings (primarily virtual)
  • Contribute to network projects (see below for more information)

Network Projects

The activities of the network are coordinated by leaders across Michigan. This work is driven by our members! Bring your expertise and help shape the direction of the network by joining one or more subcommittees of your choice.

Tours and Educational Events
  • Promote Michigan featured foods and recipes
  • Feature your work in webinars, trainings, tours and events
Research
  • Help identify and shape partnerships and funding sources for farm to institution research
Stories
  • Share the story of the network with current and future members from across different sectors of the food system
Outreach
  • Serve as an ambassador for farm to institution efforts in Michigan
  • Help secure institutional commitments to Cultivate Michigan
  • Discover new and valuable partnerships among growers, suppliers, and processors
Data Tracking
  • Create tools and strategies for institutions to track their local food purchasing and share successes

 

Become a member of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network here.

If you have questions about the Michigan Farm to Institution Network, contact info@cultivatemichigan.org. To learn more about Cultivate Michigan, go to www.cultivatemichigan.org

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network is coordinated by Colleen Matts, Farm to Institution Specialist with CRFS, 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.


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