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Agriculture Forum: 10 Cents a Meal Grantees Expand

Agriculture Forum: 10 Cents a Meal Grantees Expand

food & farming | December 11, 2017 | By Diane Conners

Fourteen school districts in northwest Lower Michigan are among 32 statewide that have extra funding this school year to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables and dry beans. That’s thanks to a second year of the state’s 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms pilot grant program. Together the districts serve 22,567 students in our region.

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Traverse City Passenger Train Team Hired; Study Begins

Traverse City Passenger Train Team Hired; Study Begins

passenger rail | December 5, 2017 | By James Bruckbauer

The effort to reestablish passenger rail between southeast Michigan and the Traverse City and Petoskey areas reached another major milestone when the Groundwork Center and the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) selected rail industry experts, Transportation Economics and Management Systems (TEMS), to explore costs and create a business plan for regular train service.

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East Jordan Incorporates Local Produce into Cafeteria and Curriculum

East Jordan Incorporates Local Produce into Cafeteria and Curriculum

food & farming | December 5, 2017 | By Jennifer Schaap

Elementary School, K-6, and preschool students at East Jordan Public Schools are eating more local farm-fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to “Try Days” which the Charlevoix County school is holding early each month. In order to connect nutrition with classroom learning, students also watch a series of videos featuring one-minute health tips, and vote whether they “tried it”, “liked it” or “loved it”.

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Don’t Just Vote for Public Transit, Try Riding It

Don’t Just Vote for Public Transit, Try Riding It

strong cities and towns | December 4, 2017 | By Jim Lively

Affordability is often discussed as a housing issue, but in mostly rural, sprawling northwest Michigan, affordability is inextricably linked to the costs of transportation. We strive to provide affordable transportation alternatives for our workforce and celebrate when those options are made available. BATA’s regional bus service is an underutilized asset that is well positioned to address the region’s affordability and affordable housing dual conundrums.

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A Central Michigan University Student Moves to the Rhythm of the Rails

A Central Michigan University Student Moves to the Rhythm of the Rails

passenger rail | December 4, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Andrew Vriesman, a 22-year-old senior at Central Michigan University, is excited about passenger rail that will one day connect Mt. Pleasant with Ann Arbor to the southeast and with Traverse City and Petoskey to the northwest. The route will travel through thriving downtowns that include growing businesses, tech sectors, and colleges that are collectively home to 90,000 students.

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Phelps Leads Taste the Local Difference on Local Food Expansion Statewide

Phelps Leads Taste the Local Difference on Local Food Expansion Statewide

food & farming | November 15, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Meet Tricia Phelps, the new CEO of Taste the Local Difference (TLD), a social enterprise of the Groundwork Center, TLD was launched in 2004 as a print and online guide that helped match farmers with customers and was an early promoter of consuming locally grown food. Under Phelps, TLD is expanding its impact on local food economies statewide.

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Changing School Food Choices Through Policy Reform

Changing School Food Choices Through Policy Reform

food & farming | October 17, 2017 | By Tori Craig

Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan (HKHM), a coalition of public and private sector health advocates united to fight childhood obesity, has emerged as an important advocate for the 10 Cents a Meal program. HKHM’s Healthy Food Access Team provides important policy support to inform legislators about how 10 Cents is strengthening Michigan, bolstering both students’ health and farmers’ bottom lines.

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Local Food Alliance, Food & Farming Network Benefit from Seed Grants

Local Food Alliance, Food & Farming Network Benefit from Seed Grants

food & farming | October 16, 2017 | By Jennifer Schaap

Thanks to a seed grant from the Michigan Local Food Council Network, the Petoskey-based Local Food Alliance of Northern Michigan will hold its fifth annual “Around the Table” conference on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 4-8 p.m. with the theme of “Healthy Food for All.” The Food Alliance also plans to hire a part-time coordinator and facilitator to direct and expand its presence within the “Northern Farms Foodshed”.

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Bob Russell Resilience Project features The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Bob Russell Resilience Project features The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Groundwork news | October 11, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

The Neahtawanta Center and the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities are co-sponsoring a community read and discussion in November as part of the Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project. The book choice is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan.

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Introducing Fall Fellows, Tori Craig and Arcelia Moreno

Introducing Fall Fellows, Tori Craig and Arcelia Moreno

food & farming, groundwork news | October 4, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Groundwork Fellows complete projects alongside our policy staff, attend conferences and networking sessions, and receive professional development training. Each fellow completes an independent project to complement Groundwork’s program areas based on their area of expertise, and presents this project to conclude their term.

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Dancing to Grupo Ayé, Afro-Caribbean salsa band with Grand Traverse roots

Dancing to Grupo Ayé, Afro-Caribbean salsa band with Grand Traverse roots

Groundwork news | October 3, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Grupo Ayé has a bona fide local connection to the Grand Traverse region. Band founder Robert Mulligan spent part of his childhood in Omena in Leelanau County, where his mother lives. We caught up with Robert to learn more about the band, about his love for Latin music, and about his northern Michigan roots.

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From Berkeley to Boyne Falls: Measuring Alice Waters' Farm to School Impact

From Berkeley to Boyne Falls: Measuring Alice Waters' Farm to School Impact

food & farming | September 22, 2017 | By Jennifer Schaap and Jacob Wheeler

Farm to school champion and celebrity chef Alice Waters visited Boyne Falls Public School in Charlevoix County on Friday, Sept. 22, to witness firsthand how food service director and chef Nathan Bates is using locally-sourced produce in the cafeteria and how Boyne Falls is promoting local food in the curriculum.

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