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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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Culinary Medicine Gains Momentum in Traverse City

Culinary Medicine Gains Momentum in Traverse City

food & farming | January 28, 2018 | By Jacob Wheeler

Grand Traverse Internal and Family Medicine (Grand Traverse Internists), a clinic in Traverse City’s medical district, plans to hire a part-time Registered Dietitian — in part because its doctors were inspired after attending a Culinary Medicine conference last September. The conference also kicked into high gear Chip Hoagland’s plans for a culinary campus at the former Long Lake Elementary School.

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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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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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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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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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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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