A farm incubator is a multi-grower project that looks to reduce barriers of entry to beginning farmers by providing new farmers with land, technical assistance, and resources they need to establish their own successful farm business.
The meeting included updates from the respective networks, information about the newly-launched Michigan Good Food Fund and regional discussions about the opportunities and challenges of connecting the dots between supply and demand of local foods.
107 schools in Michigan provide school-based agricultural education with FFA's three component education model: leadership development, classroom instruction, and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE).
An informational article on the Michigan Right to Farm act, GAAMPs and a recent Michigan Urban Livestock report to help frame the urban livestock discussion.
Published on June 12, 2015, the Farm to Early Childhood Programs: Step-by-Step Guide from CRFS provides tools and resources to help early childhood program providers of all types and sizes purchase and use local foods in their meals and snacks.
This week marks the launch of the Michigan Good Food Fund-a new public-private partnership loan and grant fund created to address the lack of healthy food access in rural and urban communities by supporting good food entrepreneurs across the state.
A new Food Establishment license has been created for farmers markets that wish to host cooking demonstrations and offer samples of the food prepared. It is designed to improve food safety and help markets serve their customers.
The Michigan Local Food Council Network brings together food councils in order to build their individual and collective capacities to work on food and food policy issues, operate effectively, and engage their communities.
Farm to School initiatives center around efforts to not only serve local foods in school and early childcare but also to include a variety of initiatives like school garden programs, farmer visits to schools, and field trips to nearby farms.
Since the development of the Michigan Good Food Charter interest in understanding and expanding the roles for municipal and county officials to support good food systems has persisted across the country.
Cultivate Michigan, designed to help ramp up Farm to Institution programs and track progress of purchases throughout the state, has a new featured food - milk.
Fair Food Network recently announced that it has received $5.1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand Double Up Food Bucks, Michigan's statewide healthy food incentive program.
Northwest Lower Michigan has an active community of individuals, farmers, nonprofit organizations, and businesses working together to advance the impact of the region's agricultural resources.
The Michigan Good Food Initiative is a statewide effort to promote, implement and track progress towards the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter, and its steering committee has been an important guide and advocate in this initiative.
Since the transition of the Michigan Food Policy Council to the new Interdepartmental Collaboration Committee (ICC) Food Policy Subcommittee, the goals and activities of the Food Policy Council have been redirected to the new ICC Food Policy Subcommittee.
As work towards the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter proceeds, it is increasingly apparent that the most effective work involves collaboration and network building.
The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems has recently published an online document entitled "New Funding Sources for Food Related Businesses."
The Hoophouses for Health program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is designed to increase access to good food for vulnerable families while simultaneously expanding farm infrastructure and season extension capacity of Michigan farmers.
The Michigan Good Food Charter Shared Measurement Project held a webinar on January 27, 2015 to share the findings of the key informant interviews, as well as to discuss the next steps of the project.