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Michigan Legislature Expands 10 Cents a Meal Pilot to Broader Regions of the State

Michigan Legislature Expands 10 Cents a Meal Pilot to Broader Regions of the State

food & farming | August 19, 2017 | By Diane Conners

Thanks to the Michigan Legislature, schools in 29 counties of Michigan have just been notified of an opportunity to tap into state funds to show the difference a dime can make in their efforts to serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables and dry beans to students. Michigan legislators expanded the popular 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms program from $250,000 in general funds last year to $375,000 for the upcoming school year; and added a third, six-county region in Washtenaw in southeast Michigan.

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Think Like a Chef, Cook like a Dietitian, Eat Like a Local Farmer

Think Like a Chef, Cook like a Dietitian, Eat Like a Local Farmer

food & farming | August 16, 2017 | By Diane Conners

Doctors typically learn little about nutrition, much less cooking, in medical school. But combining those topics with medicine is a trend that’s garnering headlines for Harvard Medical School with a conference it holds in California wine country; and Tulane University in food-rich New Orleans. Now, a local food version of this idea is launching in Traverse City, starting with a Culinary Medicine conference in September that will be a pilot for future programs. The theme: Think Like a Chef, Cook Like a Dietitian, Eat Like a Local Farmer.

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Building a Healthier Leelanau: Leelanau Christian Neighbors Receives BHC Grant

Building a Healthier Leelanau: Leelanau Christian Neighbors Receives BHC Grant

food & farming | August 9, 2017 | By Stephanie Purifoy

Leelanau Christian Neighbors provides food for children living below the federal poverty line to take home with them over the weekend, a critical time when they might not get all the nutrition they need. The Lake Leelanau-based nonprofit received a Building Healthy Communities grant to build two dozen raised beds to grow produce for those it serves.

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Lessons to be Gleaned from Expert ‘Alternative Report’ to Line 5

Lessons to be Gleaned from Expert ‘Alternative Report’ to Line 5

clean energy | July 18, 2017 | By Jim Lively

With the June 30 release of an “Alternatives Analysis” commissioned by the State of Michigan, momentum is growing to decommission the Line 5 oil pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac. The conclusions of this analysis, and its popular and political impact in the weeks ahead, represent another crucial step in the march to shut down this catastophe-waiting-to-happen in the heart of the Great Lakes.

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Introducing Groundwork’s Summer Fellows

Introducing Groundwork’s Summer Fellows

Groundwork news | July 5, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Three fellows recently joined the Groundwork team for a nearly three-month period. Food Equity fellow Sarah Perez-Sanz is working with Food & Farming Director Meghan McDermott on food equity and access; Farms, Food and Health fellow Katie Wheeler is working with Senior Policy Specialist Diane Conners on Community-Supported-Agriculture (CSA) wellness programs, and Clean Energy fellow Abby Hackman is supporting Clean Energy Policy specialist Dan Worth.

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Schuette Should Turn Tough Talk on Line 5 Into Real Action

Schuette Should Turn Tough Talk on Line 5 Into Real Action

clean energy | June 30, 2017 | By Jim Lively

Attorney General Bill Schuette was quoted again this week with his strongest language yet about decommissioning Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac. Disagreeing with an assertion that the pipeline could last “indefinitely”, Schuette called for a “comprehensive plan … to drive the timeline for the (pipeline’s) closure”. Yet in the same statement he suggested the pipeline could be replaced with a tunnel under the Straits, a risky and expensive alternative that ignores the long-term solution of getting oil to Michigan from other existing pipelines and, ultimately, reducing our demand for oil and transitioning our economy to run on cleaner fuel sources.

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Harnessing Power of the Sun, with Stunning View of the Glen Lakes

Harnessing Power of the Sun, with Stunning View of the Glen Lakes

clean energy | June 19, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

When Gary Cozette and Joe Lada climb the ladder to the roof of their “Tower House” near Maple City, they behold a breathtaking view of the Glen Lakes, with the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan in the distance. In their immediate foreground is an array of recently installed, cutting-edge solar panels that harness the power of the sun, represent their commitment to the environment, and make them energy independent. Their solar investment represents both a moral statement and a smart utilitarian choice.

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Jim MacInnes, Northern Michigan's Renewable Energy Resort CEO

Jim MacInnes, Northern Michigan's Renewable Energy Resort CEO

clean energy | June 15, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Crystal Mountain near Thompsonville is not your average four-season resort, and Jim MacInnes is not your average CEO. He is a former electrical power engineer and a well-respected environmentalist, known throughout the state as a renewable energy advocate—one who preaches “green,” not only for moral reasons but because clean energy makes economic sense.

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TentCraft Innovates, Creates Local Jobs, Now Offers Farm to Workplace Benefits

TentCraft Innovates, Creates Local Jobs, Now Offers Farm to Workplace Benefits

strong cities and towns, food & farming | April 20, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

The innovative pop-up tent maker TentCraft is a leader in attracting knowledge-based talent to Traverse City. The company has also created dozens of manufacturing jobs, has an "infants in the workplace" program, and recently launched a CSA-based employee wellness plan.

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Agriculture Forum: State Lawmakers Consider 10 Cents A Meal Program

Agriculture Forum: State Lawmakers Consider 10 Cents A Meal Program

Food & Farming | April 11, 2017 | By Diane Conners

The Michigan Legislature is considering whether to continue, or expand, the impactful 10 Cents a Meal state pilot project that is increasing business from schools for a significant number of farms and related food companies throughout Michigan. A state Senate subcommittee has included continued funding, but the House, so far, has not. Visit www.TenCentsMichigan.org to learn how to contact your local legislator.

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