Community Food Systems Educator
Community Food SystemsKalamazoo County Extension Office 201 W. Kalamazoo, Suite 306
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Mariel Borgman is a Community Food Systems Educator serving southwest Michigan. Borgman’s areas of focus include farmers’ market and food system education for adults and youth, farm to institution technical assistance, and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) education for produce growers. Based in Kalamazoo at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Borgman works closely with the college’s Bronson Healthy Living Campus and Center of Excellence in Food Safety. In Calhoun County, Borgman is a member of Good Food Battle Creek, an organization working to further the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter to provide education and access to food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable. Borgman promotes MSU Extension’s Michigan Fresh campaign at local farmers’ markets to help people learn how to select or grow, use, store, and preserve Michigan foods. As a member of the Michigan Farm to Institution Tech-Ed subcommittee, Borgman assists in developing educational materials to support institutional buyers in their local food purchases. Borgman holds a B.S. in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College and a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.