Tomm and Trilby Becker will feed 100 families again this winter from four passive solar greenhouses, or hoophouses, on their small farm near Ann Arbor.
Twelve years ago, Michigan's total of 65 farmers markets paled in comparison to Illinois with 129 and Wisconsin with 147. Today, however, Michigan ranks fourth in the nation, with more than 300 farmers' markets operating in 2012.
Many communities around the state are working to help Michigan's food entrepreneurs grow their enterprises from home-based extra income to businesses that provide jobs for others, too.
The new Michigan 4x4 plan to improve public health, by improving diet and fitness, began rolling out this summer with a pilot effort to build awareness using the Pure Michigan brand.
Michigan is a hot spot for many trends in the new Good Food economy, including the rising diversity of Michigan's farm owners and operators. Michigan has more Latino farmers than any state beyond those in the West and Southwest.
The "agricultural disaster loan origination program of 2012" provides for a low interest loan program for growers, processors and agribusinesses affected by major crop loss from the extreme weather this spring.
The 2011-2012 school year marked the inaugural year of the FoodCorps program, and Michigan has been thrilled to be one of the states chosen to participate.
Concerned citizens, farmers, food system advocates and county officials have come together to form the Washtenaw Food Policy Council (WFPC).
Editor's Note: The following article shares the work of Western Michigan University students who took steps toward developing a tool to assess whether food items qualify as "good food."
The Michigan Legislature recently passed several updates to Michigan's requirements for the safe handling of food, including the adoption of newer U.S. Food Code regulations.
Three entrepreneurs who are trying to open a new store with healthy, high-quality food in the city. Their efforts align with the charter goal of increasing access to good food.
On June 4, Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Director Olga Dazzo announced the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan to encourage healthy lifestyles and curb rates of obesity.
The newly-established Center brings together the former C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems, the MSU Student Organic Farm and faculty and staff from across the university.
In late March, the Washtenaw County commissioners gave final approval to the formation of a Washtenaw County food policy council.
A new project of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition aims to unite Michigan voices around good food policy.
Governor Rick Snyder has allocated $1 million in his budget toward the development of regional food hubs and value added agriculture grants and programs in order to increase economic and rural development in the state.
The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass offers a map and case studies on USDA-supported local and regional food systems projects across the country.