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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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Raw Potatoes to State Policy: Celebrating 15 Years of Farm to School Work

Raw Potatoes to State Policy: Celebrating 15 Years of Farm to School Work

food & farming | September 11, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Nathan Bates and Boyne Falls Public School are a shining testament to the impact of northwest lower Michigan’s flourishing farm to school movement. It is a movement that is benefiting schoolchildren both nutritionally and academically and, at the same time, is giving small and mid-size farmers a growing market for their crops and helping them stay on their land.

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Celebrating Alice Waters with Local Harvest Restaurant Series

Celebrating Alice Waters with Local Harvest Restaurant Series

food & farming, groundwork news | September 6, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

To celebrate Alice Waters' visit to the National Writers Series, the first-annual Local Harvest Restaurant Series will feature a variety of Grand Traverse area restaurants, all of which will demonstrate their devotion to the local food community by featuring a “Harvest Week Special” menu item that is either 100 percent locally sourced or a recipe from one of Waters’ cookbooks.

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Pellston Public Schools, Pellston Farmers Market Embrace Local Food Economy

Pellston Public Schools, Pellston Farmers Market Embrace Local Food Economy

food & farming | August 30, 2017 | By Jennifer Schaap

This is Pellston Public Schools' first year as a FoodCorps service site. New food service director Sherry Sedore, staff and students will benefit from the presence of this AmeriCorps program dedicated to “creating a future in which every school is a healthy school, and every child is well-nourished and ready to learn.”

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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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