Join us at MSU Center for Regional Food Systems in reflecting on 2021 in our year-end message.
At this time of year, there is greater focus on the seasonal rhythms that shape our lives, especially amidst the pace of modern life and ongoing uncertainties of the global pandemic.
There is comfort in knowing that we are in these seasons together, and in knowing that we are together as a community working to achieve regionally-rooted healthy, green, fair, and affordable food systems. We are grateful to be part of this community with you.
As we approach another year’s end, we want to wish you a very happy holiday season and we hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on important things that happened in your 2021, as we share some highlights from our year.
In early 2021, our team re-centered on the values that collectively guide us in our work. These five core values are: collaboration, shared vision, place, equity, and accountability. Please visit our About Us page to read brief descriptions of what these mean to us, what we do, and how we do it.
We have had the good fortune to welcome three new people to our team in 2021:
- Maria Graziani, Michigan Good Food Fund Specialist, Innovation Counselor
- Megan McManus, Farm to Institution Fellow
- Akasha Korzeniewski, Communications Intern
Visit their pages on our website to learn more about them and what they do at CRFS.
New, renewed, and ongoing partnerships and programs
We share our gratitude for new and continued support from our funding partners in 2021. With support received this year, we are:
- advancing health and equity through grassroots food policy with the Michigan Local Food Council Network,
- offering a farm management course tailored to farmers of color,
- supporting connections between Michigan farmers and early care and education settings,
- partnering with the State of Michigan to provide career advancement training opportunities for farmworkers,
- evaluating impacts and implementation of the state-funded 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan's Kids and Farms program,
- engaging Michigan farmers in creating trainings for beginning farmers, and
- facilitating a learning community for North-Central states to build their capacity for statewide and regional food systems plans and charters.
We are also grateful for ongoing support that makes it possible for us to work toward health and economic development through resilient Michigan good food systems. A new Michigan Good Food Charter will be published in 2022!
The people and organizations we work with are essential to these efforts. Follow the links above and subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about some of our many collaborations.
The coming year
Lastly, we would like to share that 2022 will bring a new season for us. Our director Rich Pirog will transition away from MSU in spring 2022. We are grateful to Rich for his leadership as director since 2016 and as associate director from 2011-2015. The search for a new director will begin early next year.
We look forward to another year of high-impact programming, network-building, and collaboration in 2022. We invite you to partner with us to address the root causes that prevent people from having equitable access to healthy, affordable, and sustainably grown food. Please consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift to our general fund.
Peace and Health,
Your friends at the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems