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.
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.
Seeking new approaches to institutional food purchasing. Growing Michigan institutions’ capacity to serve local food. Expanding markets for food grown, raised and processed in Michigan.
Farm to early care and education helps children and families eat more local foods.
Cultivate Michigan is a statewide campaign designed to help ramp up farm to institution programs and track progress.