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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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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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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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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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