Kentwood, Kelloggsville and Grand Rapids Public Schools Served Michigan Lamb Dishes on April 18, 2013.
The U.P. Food Exchange (UPFE) is a newly formed agricultural hub designed to connect local food activity within each of the Upper Peninsula's three regions (eastern, central, and western).
The fifth goal of the Michigan Good Food Charter calls for schools to meet the Michigan Nutrition Standards for both school meals and for food sold in schools outside of the meal programs.
Last month, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), in conjunction with numerous public and private partners, unveiled a new media campaign- MI Healthier Tomorrow - meant to provide a unified message on healthy living for Michiganders.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan is a statewide coalition of more than 150 organizations across Michigan dedicated to reducing childhood obesity through state policy.
In keeping with the goals of the Michigan Good Food initiative, many groups across the state are striving to provide people with better access to high quality local food through the development of new and existing programs.
Moving Michigan toward its Good Food Charter goal of Michigan farmers supplying 20 percent of food in Michigan markets by 2020 involves a lot of people and businesses in many different sectors.
Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI) has been seeking support to implement one of the Michigan Good Food Charter agenda priorities-"10 cents a meal," whereby schools are given extra funds to purchase local, healthy food for school meals.
Many start-up entrepreneurs feel that food safety regulations require unreasonable investments and that inspectors do not understand the realities of small business.
Detroit has been known for its ground-up approach to solving its food issues through small-scale urban agriculture. Not only has the city put urban farming on the map locally, but it has become known nationally along with other projects.
Note: Please see the November 2012 newsletter for information on the food hub projects recently receiving funding from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Two grassroots leaders of Detroit's Good Food movement recently received prestigious national recognition for their innovative, inclusive and inspiring work.
Recent grant and technical assistance announcements for regional food hub development in Michigan continue a year of significant progress in that arena.
In 2009, the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development's Grape and Wine Industry Council has been leading an initiative called the Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance.
Starting in June and running through September this year, the "Pure Michigan" promotional campaign took on a different product: "Pure Michigan Agriculture."