Michigan's food retail industry contributed a net $15.4 billion to Michigan's gross domestic product - 3% of the state's GDP, according to a recent analysis by MSU Center for Regional Food Systems using State Treasury data.
Six Michigan local food councils will receive seed grants from the Michigan Local Food Council Network. These grants will help new and existing food councils and food policy councils build their capacity and accomplish their goals.
Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) centers around buying and using fresh, local foods in early childcare and education programs. Farm to ECE can include activities such as children's gardens, educational activities and farm field trips.
Food labels are everywhere, but it is not always clear what labels mean and how to use them to identify a farm product. We are excited to learn more about food labels and why different Michigan farmers and processors invest in labels.
Hear Erin Caudell and others from Flint speak about the Good Food movement in their community in a new video premiering at the Summit! Register today!
We are thrilled at the opportunity to host Shirley Sherrod, a life-long activist and advocate for farmers in poor and minority communities, at the 2016 Michigan Good Food Summit!
Food forms the foundation of our survival, but immersed in our need to sustain our bodies with nutrients are other bonds like community, justice and an understanding of the earth.
Learn how the Michigan Good Food Fund is growing good food businesses from farm to fork across the state while promoting healthy food access, entrepreneurship, and racial equity in the food system and beyond.
The demand for local meats, poultry, dairy, and eggs in Michigan is growing. In this article, Noel Bielaczyc of the Michigan Meat Network explains how the network is helping producers bring local meat to the table.
Registration is now open for the 2016 Michigan Good Food Summit. This one-day event is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in advancing health and economic development through Michigan food systems.
A unique Traverse City youth program, "The Quest," uses creative expression to help youth connect to the local food movement and find their voices for change. Come see The Quest performance in person at the Good Food Summit on October 28!
Feeding America estimates that in 2014, 14 percent of households in the United States were "food insecure"- they did not have access to a sufficient level of affordable and nutritious food.
Ypsilanti area residents will have more access to fresh produce this summer, as Growing Hope's Ypsilanti mobile farm stand returns to Ypsilanti and Superior Township to provide healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables to low-access communities.
The Local Food Alliance of Northern Michigan was formed as a way to build networks in order to advance and promote the local food economy of Emmet and Charlevoix Counties and their surrounding foodshed.
The Ottawa County Food Policy Council was born through the need for a more collaborative approach between businesses and organizations that were working separately on food related issues.
"10 Cents a Meal" is a project that provides schools with a financial match of up to 10 cents per meal to motivate school food service providers to purchase Michigan fruits and vegetables.
Prior to the launch of the USDA AMS GroupGAP program in April 2016, GroupGAP was piloted in 7 sites across the US, including in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.