The Groundwork Center welcomes two new fellows and one returning fellow for our winter/spring term, which runs from January until June. Ann Arbor native Christian Koch and Mesick native Maya Grant join Harbor Springs native Abigail Hackman, who returns for a third term.
Three fellows recently joined the Groundwork team for a nearly three-month period. Food Equity fellow Sarah Perez-Sanz is working with Food & Farming Director Meghan McDermott on food equity and access; Farms, Food and Health fellow Katie Wheeler is working with Senior Policy Specialist Diane Conners on Community-Supported-Agriculture (CSA) wellness programs, and Clean Energy fellow Abby Hackman is supporting Clean Energy Policy specialist Dan Worth.
We at Groundwork are expanding our reach into Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties. On June 15, we launched a new Petoskey office to support an expansion of the organization’s farm to school, food access, and farmer support projects.
The Groundwork Center in early April hired Jennifer Schaap to join the Traverse City-based nonprofit’s food and farming program team. Schaap, a longtime Petoskey resident, brings a wealth of experience, relationships, and knowledge about the regional food system.
The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities announces its Spring 2017 fellows, who will work with policy specialists over the next 12 weeks. They include: clean energy fellow Jeanna Paluzzi, food & farming fellow Christina Barkel, pipeline/Great Lakes Business Network fellow Zada Harris, and farms food & health fellow Lisa Dinon.
The Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network (FFN) recently announced eight mini-grants to organizations in the local food system.