Our Work

Food System Infrastructure, Planning and Policy

Michigan Good Food

  • Michigan Good Food Charter

    The Michigan Good Food Charter is a roadmap for a food system that is rooted in local communities and centered on good food. The charter outlines six goals to advance the vision by 2020.

  • Michigan Good Food Charter Shared Measurement Project

    Improving understanding of the impact of good food efforts in Michigan by building capacity statewide to assess and communicate food system change.

  • Michigan Good Food Fund

    A statewide loan fund that supports good food entrepreneurs working to increase access to healthy food and spark economic opportunity in places that need it most.

Farm to Institution/School

  • 10 Cents a Meal

    10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids and Farms is a state-funded program that matches what schools spend on Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes with grants of up to 10 cents per meal.

  • Michigan Farm to ECE

    Farm to early care and education helps children and families eat more local foods.

  • Michigan Farm to ECE Network

    Helping Michigan’s children grow, choose, and eat more nutritious local food.

  • Michigan Farm to Institution Network

    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.

  • Michigan Farm to School

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

Farm and Farmer Development

  • Farm Business Record Keeping for the Global Majority

    An online and virtual course for farmers of color to learn how to enhance cash flow, profitability, and financial performance.

  • Michigan Organic Farming Exchange

    Equipping farmers and consumers with knowledge about organic production practices and suggesting methods to successfully transition conventional production to organic.

  • Organic Farmer Training Program

    The Organic Farmer Training Program is an eight-month intensive training program in year-round organic farming to increase knowledge of farm production, management, marketing, and business operations necessary to operate a diversified small farm.

Past Work

  • Economic Impact Analysis of Local and Regional Food Systems

    Economists and local food system researchers convened to assess existing practices and recommend future strategies for economic analyses of local and regional food systems.

  • Financing Farming in the U.S.

    A national team of community-based lenders and farm business advisors.

  • Food and Community Connections

    A national outreach effort to cultivate environments and infrastructures for the development of equitable good food systems and healthy communities.

  • Food Innovation Districts

    A planning and economic strategy toolkit to address regional food system infrastructure needs and support the clustering of markets, food business incubators, and facilities for common storage and distribution.

  • Local Governments and Local Food Systems

    Building capacity for local government engagement in food system development through research and outreach programming.

  • MI Farm to School Grant Program

    From 2011-2018, over 20 eligible Michigan K-12 schools/districts and early care and education programs were provided mini-grants to plan for or implement farm to school programs.

  • Michigan Meat Network

    A network of livestock producers, meat processors, distributors, buyers, and food professionals looking to make business connections, find answers, and build viable markets for local and regional meat in Michigan.

  • Michigan’s Emerging Farmers

    Making farming a more prosperous, secure, and sustainable career by providing training and tools for Michigan’s beginning and emerging farmers.

  • Northwest Michigan Agriculture and Food System Sector Alliance

    Facilitating collaboration, planning, and action between stakeholders from the Northwest Lower Michigan food system, including growers, processors, preparers, packagers, distributors, servers, and retailers.

  • Season Extension Outreach

    Sharing resources, research, and other support for production, marketing, and business planning for year-round farming.