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Helping the people of Michigan, the United States, and the world develop regionally integrated and sustainable food systems.

About CRFS

The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems brings together the applied research, education, and outreach expertise of faculty and staff at MSU to advance understanding of and engagement with regional food systems throughout Michigan, the United States, and the world. The Center’s efforts leverage the earlier work and partnerships of MSU’s former C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems and the MSU Student Organic Farm.

Affiliated MSU faculty and staff in agriculture, health and nutrition, economics, sociology, and other disciplines  contribute their expertise to the Center’s research, education, and outreach on food systems issues from agricultural production and marketing techniques to healthy corner store initiatives in low-income areas. To date, the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems has engaged over 50 MSU faculty and staff from a dozen academic departments and five colleges, along with MSU AgBioResearch scientists and MSU Extension specialists, as affiliates of the Center.

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CRFS Seeks Academic Specialist

March 26, 2014
CRFS seeks applicants for a position focused on livestock supply chains and food hubs. The posting will be open until Friday, April 25.

CRFS at New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Denver

March 4, 2014
CRFS hosted "Advancing Healthy, Equitable Food Systems," in conjunction with the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, offering many opportunities for local and regional food systems collaborators to connect and learn.

Organic Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications

November 20, 2013
The nine-month program at the MSU Student Organic Farm is taking applications for 2014. Merit and need-based scholarships are available to assist new and beginning farmers in participating in this training.

Food Day: October 24

October 23, 2013
Thursday, Oct. 24, is Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. MSU will host events to celebrate and engage in discussion about our food system.

CRFS Seeks Managing Associate Director

September 18, 2013
CRFS is currently accepting applications for a full-time Managing Associate Director. The posting will be open until Friday, October 18.

Food Hubs Seen as Profitable Businesses, National Survey Shows

September 17, 2013
CRFS and the Wallace Center at Winrock International released findings from their 2013 National Food Hub Survey, showing growth in food hubs across the country.

2013 Soil Seminar at Morgan Composting

August 1, 2013
CRFS Organic Farming Specialist Vicki Morrone will speak at the 2013 Soil Seminar, hosted by Morgan Composting, Inc. The event, "Layering of Good Practices to Build Healthy Soils," will take place Thursday, August 15.

FoodCorps Michigan Nominated for Governor’s Service Award

July 19, 2013
FoodCorps Michigan, hosted by CRFS, has been nominated for a 2013 Governor's Service Award.

MSU Student Organic Farm in USA Today

June 12, 2013
The MSU Student Organic Farm is highlighted in a USA Today article on college student purchasing at farmers markets.

KBS Offers Automatic Milking Systems Workshop

June 6, 2013
The MSU Kellogg Biological Station will host a workshop and webinar on Automatic Milking Systems on Grazing Farms on June 28.

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