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Farms, Food & Health

Farms, Food & Health is a Groundwork Center project that brings together health practitioners, employers, hospital and school food service directors, educators, farmers, and others interested in connecting the dots between health care, wellness, and locally grown food.

We worked with leading health care, farm, and school partners to hold two different Farms, Food & Health events. 

You can find more details about what took place at those conferences and related resources here. The following was our conference call to action.

Learn. Connect. Act.

  • Hear about innovative models, tools and resources.
  • Network with others around using local food to promote good health.
  • Commit to one action based on what you learned and connections made.
  • Tracks include wellness benefits that offer employees easy access to local farm foods, farm to hospital, farm to school, healthy food for all, and integrating nutrition and local food into clinical care.
  • Continuing education credits pending.

Come if you are:

  • Physician, nurse, dietitian, or other health care practitioner
  • Obesity, diabetes and other wellness advocate
  • Hospital, senior center or school administrator
  • Hospital, senior center or school food service
  • School board, wellness committee or PTO member
  • Teacher, school aide or other education support
  • Public health agency or clinic staff member
  • Employee wellness or human resource official
  • Poverty reduction advocate
  • Church or garden group member
  • Farmer or local food business interested in health-oriented markets
  • Funder interested in local food economy and health promotion 
  • Elected or appointed official
  • Related community resource person


Three events
over two days:

Farms, Food & Health: Jan. 29, 2016
(Details above) 

Farm School: Jan. 29, 2016 
This year's Farm School features three tracks: Honey School, Mushroom School, and Agroforestry School. 

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference: Jan. 30, 2016 
The Small Farm Conference serves to equip the small farm community with tools to be successful, and acts as a forum for the open exchange of ideas. 

Keynote Speaker:
Daphne Miller

​Bridging the traditional divide between agriculture and medicine, Dr. Miller -- author of the book Farmacology -­- shares lessons learned from inspiring farmers, community gardeners and biomedical researchers and artfully weaves their insights and discoveries, along with stories from her patients, into the narrative. The result is a compelling new vision for sustainable healing and a treasure trove of farm-to-body lessons that have immense value in our daily lives. She also penned Jungle Effect about healthy diets from around the world.



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