Stories

  • Double Up Food Bucks Grows in Michigan with USDA, State & Philanthropic Support

    Published on August 24, 2017
    Double Up Food Bucks is growing in Michigan thanks to new federal, state, and philanthropic support. USDA awarded Fair Food Network a $3.5 million grant to expand and innovate the Double Up program in Michigan, Colorado and New York.

  • School Garden Educational Opportunities

    Published on July 28, 2017
    A glance at opportunities to learn more about school gardening, including professional development workshops and educator certification centers throughout Michigan, surrounding states and elsewhere in the US.

  • Food Access Opportunities within MI Food Retail Industry

    Published on June 22, 2017
    Residents who struggle with food access typically live in remote rural areas or poor urban neighborhoods where stores with healthy food options either do not exist or are too far away to conveniently access.

  • “10 Cents a Meal” Report: State pilot expands successfully

    Published on April 10, 2017
    Last May, michiganfood.org featured "10 Cents a Meal", a program that the state Legislature subsequently adopted as a pilot project. In March of this year, a report on the pilot was released to the Michigan Legislature.

  • Good Food Life: Devon Wilson

    Published on March 2, 2017
    Devon Wilson is Founder of Sunlight Gardens in Battle Creek, an alumnus of the Michigan State University Organic Farmer Training Program, and winner of the Michigan Good Food Fund Battle Creek Bootcamp Pitch Competition.

  • Developing Leaders for Good Food Change in our Communities

    Published on February 10, 2017
    Antonio Cosme and Akello Karamoko are two energetic and determined individuals who are passionate about improving their Michigan communities and supporting those who are historically underserved.

  • $15.4 Billion Contributed to Michigan’s Economy by the Food Retail Industry

    Published on January 25, 2017
    Michigan's food retail industry contributed a net $15.4 billion to Michigan's gross domestic product - 3% of the state's GDP, according to a recent analysis by MSU Center for Regional Food Systems using State Treasury data.

  • NorthWest Initiative’s Mobile Farmer’s Market Brings Fresh Food to the Neighborhood

    Published on August 17, 2017
    This August, the Lansing-based NorthWest Initiative (NWI) launched its new mobile farmer’s market program to bring the bounty of Michigan fruits and vegetables into food insecure communities and bridge the food access gap.

  • FoodCorps Expands the Food World for Michigan Kids

    Published on August 4, 2017
    FoodCorps teams are hard at work in six Michigan schools, helping kids learn where their food comes from, how it’s grown and how to make healthy food choices. FoodCorps is an AmeriCorps service organization that connects kids to healthy food in school.

  • Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Project Improves Food Access and Strengthens Communities

    Published on August 9, 2017
    The Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Project is dedicated to local efforts to develop a healthier food system. That means all community members have access to affordable and nutritious food that is produced locally using environmentally sound practices.

  • Hoophouses for Health Improves Food Access & Helps Michigan Farmers

    Published on July 21, 2017
    Hoophouses for Health is a program designed to increase vulnerable children and families’ access to good food while at the same time expanding the good food infrastructure and season extension capacity of Michigan farmers.

  • Showing Michigan Cherries Some Love this Valentine's Day

    Published on February 3, 2017
    This Valentine's Day, over 100,000 Michiganders will celebrate local agriculture by participating in the Michigan Cherry Slurp.

  • Celebrate National CSA Day!

    Published on February 24, 2017
    Are you an adventurous eater, looking to try new produce? Was part of your New Year's Resolution to eat more vegetables? Do you dread fitting weekly grocery store trips into your busy schedule? If so, consider joining a CSA!

  • A Bite-sized Look at Progress on Good Food Access

    Published on March 9, 2017
    Snapshots of Michigan's progress on all 25 priorities filled the 2016 Good Food Charter report card. We think it's so important to recognize these accomplishments that we've created this bite-sized look highlighting a few of the successes!

  • Growing Michigan Food: Good Agricultural Practices with Migrant labor

    Published on March 31, 2017
    Immigration is something that our food system in Michigan currently relies heavily on. The number of migrant workers employed in agriculture in Michigan is not well known, but it is thought that it is anywhere between 35,000-50,000 in a year.

  • Noted Civil Rights Activist Speaks on Overcoming Barriers to Farm Land Access

    Published on February 16, 2017
    The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the Detroit Food Policy Council hosted noted civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod to share her story Jan. 25 in Detroit.

  • Muskegon Prescribes Food for Health

    Published on April 26, 2017
    Many of us who live in middle or upper middle class neighborhoods don't realize that some neighborhoods live in an urban desert-no place to buy food for your family except potato chips and other unhealthy food you may find at a gas station.

  • The Good Food Movement in Kalamazoo: A Snapshot

    Published on April 21, 2017
    A video snapshot of Good Food efforts in Kalamazoo, first shown at the 2016 Michigan Good Food Summit.

  • Spring is Primetime to Network for Michigan’s Meat Processors

    Published on April 6, 2017
    Michigan's fruit and vegetable producers are busy prepping fields, starting seeds, and generally ramping up for the summer growing season. The same is true for many livestock producers, who are busy with young animals and pasture management.

  • Fair Food Pledge Protects Michigan Farm Workers

    Published on June 15, 2017
    Nationally, Michigan is the second highest producing state of fresh produce in the U.S. Michigan farmers commonly hire migrant and seasonal laborers to harvest produce through a federal guest worker visa program.