Good Food in Action

  • Ashley Atkinson, Director of Urban Agriculture and Open Space with the Greening of Detroit. Photo courtesy of Patty Cantrell.

    National Recognition for Outstanding Detroiters

    Published on November 1, 2012

    Two grassroots leaders of Detroit's Good Food movement recently received prestigious national recognition for their innovative, inclusive and inspiring work.

  • Big Announcements in Michigan's Food Hub World

    Published on November 1, 2012

    Recent grant and technical assistance announcements for regional food hub development in Michigan continue a year of significant progress in that arena.

  • Michigan Culinary Tourism Update

    Published on October 1, 2012

    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.

  • Agriculture Marketing Campaign Set to Continue

    Published on October 1, 2012

    Starting in June and running through September this year, the "Pure Michigan" promotional campaign took on a different product: "Pure Michigan Agriculture."

  • Capitol Market on Sept 13th. Photo courtesy MIFMA and MIFFS.

    Capitol Lawn Lifts Farmers Markets

    Published on October 1, 2012

    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.

  • Kalamazoo’s Can-Do Kitchen, a project of Fair Food Matters. Courtesy of Fair Food Matters.

    Strategy: Enliven Downtowns with Local Food Products

    Published on September 1, 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.

  • Pure Michigan FIT Pilots Healthy Food Campaign

    Published on September 1, 2012

    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.

  • Pedro Bautista is a successful blueberry grower in Van Buren County. Photo courtesy of Patty Cantrell.

    New Funding for Outreach to Latino Farmers

    Published on September 1, 2012

    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.

  • FoodCorps member Robyn Wardell pointing at a worm with two students in Flint.

    Michigan FoodCorps Continues for Second Year

    Published on August 1, 2012

    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.

  • The nine dietetic interns from Western Michigan University who participated in the project. Photo courtesy of Caroline Webber.

    Dietetic Interns Ask, What Is Good Food?

    Published on July 1, 2012

    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."

  • Jennifer Fike receiving a special award for service on the Michigan Agriculture Commission. Photo courtesy of Patty Cantrell.

    Nearly 350 Gather at the 2012 Summit!

    Published on July 1, 2012

    Nearly 350 people came together from all corners of the state at the 2012 Michigan Good Food Summit on June 14 at the Lansing Center.

  • Revised Food Law Clears Michigan Legislature

    Published on June 1, 2012

    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.

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