Engaging the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in developing regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.
Dec 11 2015
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EST
Join us for the first webinar in the Michigan Good Food Charter Shared Measurement training series.
Please see full event page for more information.
Jul 17 2015
A $30 million public-private partnership loan and grant fund providing financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that benefit underserved communities across 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 Center for Regional Food Systems was highlighted in a report published in November 2015 by the University of Minnesota.
Senior associate director, Rich Pirog, expressed how his two decades with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University prepared him for his work in the Michigan local foods movement.
There is a shortage of agricultural education teachers – in Michigan and nationwide – which means that these programs are in danger of shutting down.
The Managing Hoophouses and High Tunnels for Year-Round Farming Success course is focused on year-round production and covers topics such as site selection, construction recommendations, crop planning, crop scheduling, soil management, pricing, marketing, economics, and more starts October 19th 2015.