Teaching refugees and immigrants skills to work in the food industry. Inspiring children and adults with developmental disabilities to try — and love — new fruits and vegetables. Connecting farmers in crisis to lifesaving resources like teletherapy services.
Every day, in communities across Michigan and beyond, MSU Extension’s health and nutrition staff makes the extraordinary possible, changing lives for the better. Learn more about our projects, programs, staff, and the work we do.
MSU Extension and tribal partners highlight Indigenous foods through Cooking Matters program
Published on May 15, 2023
To include more traditional Indigenous foods in Cooking Matters recipes, MSU Extension nutrition educators worked with staff from Bay Mills, Hannahville, Pokagon and Little Traverse Bay tribes.
Service and strength: An interview with MSU Extension tribal educator Charlee Brissette
Published on February 10, 2023
At the heart of MSU Extension educator Charlee Brissette's work is an unyielding dedication to the communities whose cultures, languages, customs and beliefs are just as integral to Michigan’s identity as our vast natural resources.
Healthy food for all
Published on December 16, 2022
How one rural school community is taking action to support food and nutrition security.
Serving kids and supporting local foods through 10 Cents a Meal
Published on September 19, 2022
Mason County Eastern Schools and MSU Extension partner to support local success of 10 Cents a Meal.
Michigan Vaccine Project provides vaccine education to rural communities
Published on August 26, 2022
Michigan State University Extension is committed to helping Michiganders make informed vaccine decisions for themselves and their families.
Pantry to preschool strengthens nutrition security for northern Michigan families
Published on June 16, 2022
Through innovative thinking, MSU Extension and Father Fred Food Pantry are bringing food security to Michigan families.
"We know where they are coming from"
Published on February 23, 2022
MSU Extension's educators and instructors reach refugees and immigrants in a meaningful way.
Reflections on success: MSU Extension looks back on first year of farm stress project
Published on November 3, 2021
MSU Extension professionals look to build on the profound impact of their Legacy of the Land work.
MSU Extension honors partners, teams and staff members for extraordinary service at 2021 Fall Extension Conference
Published on October 1, 2021
Michigan State University (MSU) Extension honored outstanding partners, teams and staff members for their extraordinary service during the annual Fall Extension Conference Sept. 27-30.
MSU Extension staff members receive Meritorious Service Awards
Published on September 30, 2021
Nine outstanding Michigan State University Extension staff members were honored with Meritorious Service Awards at the annual Fall Extension Conference Sept. 28.
SNAP-Ed Success Stories: Mustang Food Share
Published on February 28, 2023
Nutrition and access to healthy food is critical for kids to do their best at school. Learn about what MSU Extension doing to help with the Mustang Food Share at Munising High School.
Improving Nutrition Security: Garden to Food Club
Published on November 3, 2022
MSU Extension community nutrition instructor Kendra Gibson set in motion a vital partnership that enhances healthy food access and nutrition and physical activity education within Mason County, Michigan.
Fighting Hunger in Rural Michigan: Thumb Blessing Boxes
Published on August 24, 2022
In 2019, the Tuscola Food Access Collaborative was created to address food insecurity in the rural “thumb area" of Michigan. As a result, the organization leveraged existing structures and projects, including the Thumb Blessing Boxes.
MSU Extension community nutrition instructor Lainy Burress on "Building Health Muskegon"
Published on April 20, 2022
MSU Extension community nutrition instructor Lainy Burress joins Jamie Hekker for an episode of "Building Health Muskegon." Burress discusses what MSU Extension does, how to encourage kids to eat more fresh produce, buying in season to help your food budget and more.
Michigan farmers talk about MSU's farm stress teletherapy program
Published on November 12, 2021
Meet Jim and Kelly. After a devastating tuberculosis outbreak among his herd of cattle, Jim needed support to deal with his grief and stress. He was connected with the MSU Extension farm stress team, who helped him engage with our grant-supported teletherapy program. Jim and Kelly reflected on this experience and how teletherapy helped them through tough times.