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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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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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Report on 10 Cents a Meal Released to Legislature

Report on 10 Cents a Meal Released to Legislature

Food & Farming | March 27, 2017 | By Diane Conners

The popular 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms incentive procurement pilot program is providing schools with up to 10 cents per meal in match funding to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes to an estimated 48,000 students in 16 grant-winning school districts. Lawmakers are encouraged to expand the program, as schools are serving a greater variety of fruits and vegetables and that is exactly what Michigan farmers grow.

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Conference to connect dots between local food and wellness

Conference to connect dots between local food and wellness

Farms Food & Health | December 4, 2015 | By Diane Conners

Because of collaboration between the organizers of two back-to-back conferences in January at the Grand Traverse Resort, farmers now can learn practical tips on how to tap into wellness markets in hospitals, schools and workplaces. Employers, hospitals, schools, health practitioners and others at the same time can learn their own practical tips on how to use local farm foods to benefit their health and wellness initiatives.

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Rebuilding 'foodshed' and community resilience

Food & Farming | August 7, 2014 | By Diane Conners

“Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems,” by farmer and university professor Philip Ackerman-Leist, is the third book in the Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project. He discusses how we came to the largely industrial food system that we have today, where it’s often easier for a school in our region to purchase lettuce from California, for example, rather than from farmers right down the road.

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Ten Cents a Meal program is expanding

Food & Farming | May 28, 2014 | By Diane Conners

If you are a northwest Michigan farmer who grows fruits or vegetables and you like the idea of local school children eating the food you grow—or you just want more sales—now is the time to explore those new markets. The Michigan Land Use Institute and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District are launching an expanded two-year pilot project that could mean up to $200,000 in sales of local agricultural products to schools in eight districts in four counties.

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‘Cooked’: We all need to get back in the kitchen

Food & Farming | February 21, 2014 | By Diane Conners

If you read "Cooked," you’ll salivate. You’ll learn interesting history and science and anthropology and philosophy. Cooked, in many regards, is about getting back to the enjoyment inherent in preparing our own meals, and the sense of self-sufficiency that comes when we know how. It’s about realizing how important cooking has been in our evolution as humans, and what we might lose as a culture if we continue our trend of “outsourcing” our cooking to industrial food companies.

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Our View: While not perfect, Farm Bill is a step in the right direction

Food & Farming | February 6, 2014 | By Diane Conners

While there are measures we wish would have made it into the just-passed Farm Bill, we're pleased that it includes renewal of funding for programs that only started to see serious funding in the 2008 Farm Bill—renewable energy, beginning farmers, organic farming, local food economies, and support for farmers who grow the food we really need to eat, fruit and vegetables. While still a small slice of the Farm Bill spending, it is a positive direction.

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