Underserved Farmer Development Specialist
Shakara Tyler completed her master's in the Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) at Michigan State University in August 2013. Her Center research started with farm to institution processes and she conducted her M.S. thesis on Michigan Black farm owners’ access to financial capital. Her current work is centered on developing cross-cultural capacity building through a statewide community practice around underserved farmer development. Before coming to MSU, she obtained her B.S. at The Pennsylvania State University in Agricultural Sciences and worked as urban farm educator for a youth empowerment organization in Philadelphia, PA.
Journal/Trade Magazine Article
Local food purchasing programs at institutions offer benefits including supporting farms and local economies, encouraging more healthful eating habits of patrons and fostering closer connections between farmers and consumers.
The goal of the survey was to better understand the unique characteristics, experiences, and needs of Michigan’s beginning farmers in order to develop more effective training programs for these farmers.
January 21, 2016
Through a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS), Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) and MSU Student Organic Farm will provide a limited number of $2,000 stipends to beginning farmers in Michigan.
March 6, 2017
Crowdfunding for Beginning Farmers workshop will share information about how farmers can use crowdfunding as a farm finance option.
February 6, 2017
Crowdfunding 101 for Beginning Farmers will share the basics of crowdfunding as a farm finance option.