Engaging the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in developing regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.
Sep 03 2015
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
See tillage tools in action, learn tips to ID insects and discover how the systems impact soil fertility.
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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.
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.
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.
The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems has received a $450k continuation grant from the Kresge Foundation to expand the Michigan Food Hub Network, a statewide learning community that helps food hubs become profitable while supplying healthy food to low-income communities in Michigan.
New Report on Food Safety Pilot Project in the Upper Peninsula explored how a group-based farm-based food safety certification process could benefit small farmers.
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems is seeking an Academic Specialist to support outreach and business assistance efforts that will allow Michigan Food Businesses to increase good food access in low-income urban and rural communities.
critiques the notion that smaller scale and alternative production strategies can feed the U.S. population and also considers a middle path of scale and production diversity.