Free Community Food Systems and Food Hubs workshops offered in Northeast Michigan in April

Two free workshops will be offered by MSU Extension to discuss Community Food Systems and Food Hubs and how they can impact Northeast Michigan.

Michigan State University Extension is offering an upcoming presentation, “Understanding Community Food Systems & Food Hubs” in Grayling on Wednesday April 1, 2015 and in West Branch on Wednesday April 15, 2015 from 6 p.m. -7 p.m.

These offerings are free workshops where you can learn about regional Community Food Systems & Food Hubs and how these systems can help:

  • Improve your local economy
  • Create new jobs
  • Increase the health of your residents
  • Lower health care costs
  • Create new businesses

Please feel free to join us at one of the upcoming presentations. For planning purposes, we ask that you RSVP to the location you plan to attend.

On April 1, 2015, this workshop will be held in Grayling, Michigan at the Grayling City Hall, 1020 City Blvd., Grayling, MI 49738. To join us at the Grayling session, please RSVP by Friday March 27, 2015 to the Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce at 989-348-2921, or email

On April 15, 2015, this workshop will be held in West Branch, Michigan at the Michigan Works Office, 2389 South M-76, West Branch, MI 48661. Please RSVP by Friday April 10, 2015 to Michigan Works at 989-345-1090 if you plan to join use in West Branch.

Interested groups may include: local planning boards, economic development organizations, food service directors, health care providers, food policy organizations, garden clubs, and service clubs. If you would like this program delivered to your group or community, contact Mark Hitchcock, Extension educator by email at

Michigan State University Extension’s Community Food Systems workgroup has educators located throughout the state of Michigan. This team of educators has expertise to assist your community with educational programs about local community food systems, how to become more involved, and how to support it within your own locality. For more information, visit the Michigan State University Extension website and the Community Food Systems page to locate a Community Food Systems educator in your area. 

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