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Connecting Local Food to Area Institutions

Connecting Local Food to Area Institutions

food & farming | February 27, 2018 | By Jennifer Schaap

How do you change a food system? It’s a big challenge with a lot of energy behind it in Michigan as more people and organizations are supporting the local economy and community health. But small things can have a big impact, like creating a platform for growers and suppliers to meet institutional food buyers who are feeding a large slice of the population—our schools’ students.

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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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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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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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