Good Food in Action

  • 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.

  • Attendees at a food hub visioning session. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

    State Funding for Food Hubs Expected

    Published on April 1, 2012

    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.

  • New USDA Resource Highlights Michigan Stories

    Published on March 2, 2012

    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.

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