Sharing ideas, tools and resources to support a range of efforts to serve local foods in schools and early care and education settings.

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Michigan Farm to School

Farm to School centers around efforts to serve local foods in school and early care and education settings. It also applies to a variety of activities in Michigan, including:

  • school garden programs,
  • fundraisers using local agricultural products,
  • farmer visits to school classrooms and cafeterias
  • and field trips to nearby farms

Farm to Institution is a more encompassing term. It refers to connecting institutions such as schools, early childcare programs, hospitals and colleges (among others) with local farmers, food producers and vendors to provide local food for food service programs.

Michigan Farm to School is part of the National Farm to School Network and is a founding partner in the Michigan Junior Chef Competition.

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Submit your name and email address to the Michigan Farm to School mailing list to get updates on farm to school efforts across the state and nationally.

Hoophouses for Health

Michigan Farm to School teamed up with the Michigan Farmers Market Association and the MSU Horticulture Department on a program called Hoophouses for Health. From 2011 to 2018, this program helped Michigan children and families have better access to good food while supporting Michigan farmers and increasing season extension food production. Hoophouses for Health was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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