Engaging the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in developing regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.


Profitability Boot Camp for Farmers Workshop

Sep 02 2015

11:30 am - 4:15 pm

In this farmer workshop Farm Credit and Niman Ranch experts will share ways farmer veterans and other beginning farmers are planning for success through improved financial readiness practices.

See full event page for more information. 


Michigan Good Food Fund

Jul 17 2015

A public-private partnership loan and grant fund for good food enterprises that benefit underserved communities across Michigan. The fund offers financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that grow, process, distribute, and sell healthy food that reaches low-income populations in Michigan.


Race, Ethnicity, and the Promise of “Good Food” for Michigan: A three-voice commentary

Aug 11 2015


This set of three interconnected commentaries begins by tracing the evolving narrative of the local food movement to embrace racial equity as a critical part of a sustainable food system in Michigan, using the Michigan Good Food Charter as a potential framework. Researchers, educators, and advocates of local food must first have a clear understanding of the structural racism that is present in the American food system before they can work effectively toward the vision of sustainable and equitable food for all. The commentary then calls out the need for new tools and resources for local food students and professionals (including Cooperative Extension staff) to better understand the role structural racism plays in the U.S. food system. One new resource identified and developed by two of the commentary authors is an annotated bibliography of structural racism present in the U.S. food system.


racial equity, structural racism, good food, local food systems, Michigan Good Food Charter


Pirog, R., Koch, K., & Guel, A. (2015). Race, ethnicity, and the promise of “Good Food” for Michigan: A three-voice commentary. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2015.054.011


This commentary is freely available online at: http://www.agdevjournal.com/component/content/article/205-commentaries-on-race-and-ethnicity/554-good-food-for-michigan.html.