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Monday, July 16, 2018

Register now for Edible Flint's 10th Annual Food Garden Tour!

 

Join edible flint as we celebrate Flint’s food gardens, hoop houses and farms at the 10th Anniversary edible flint Food Garden Tour!  This special event will feature local gardeners, explore different gardening techniques and highlight all of the healthy produce grown in the City of Flint.  This event will also celebrate all the gardeners, gardens and community partners that have made the edible flint Food Garden Tour and local food movement so special over the past 10 years.

 

This edible flint event will be held Wednesday July 25, 2018 at The Flint Farmers’ Market from 3 pm- 8 pm.  The edible flint 10th Annual Food Garden Tour kicks-off with a Pre-Tour Community Partners in Health Fair, featuring local farmers and organizations dedicated to healthy lifestyles and gardening in Genesee County.  This 10th Annual Food Garden tour offers 3 different routes for participants, you can choose from 1 of 2 bus routes or can select to tour by bike.  After the tour, participants return to the Flint Farmers’ Market for good food, good music and great fun!  Registration is open, and the fee is $10, which covers the costs of buses and food.  Interested persons can visit edibleflint.org or call (810) 244-8527 for more information or to register.  Seats are limited so reserve yours now!!!

 

Applications due today! Seeking full-time Michigan Food Systems Collaboration Specialist

 

The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems is seeking a full-time academic specialist – details in the posting below. Please share with your networks. Thank you!

 

 

Michigan Food Systems Collaboration Academic Specialist – Position #512757

 

The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking a full-time Academic Specialist to lead efforts to build upon and further develop the collaboration underlying the Michigan (MI) Good Food Charter.

 

This will include ensuring a long-term Good Food movement supported by diverse partner organizations and institutions. This specialist will also work with local food policy councils and Good Food Charter partners to create a statewide food policy voice that is united and responsive to local council and community needs and will inform efforts to shape state food policy.

 

The Academic Specialist, working with other Center staff, will also identify and build the capacity of local partners in three of Michigan's cities to work more effectively in the areas of farm to Early Childhood Education (ECE), farm to institution procurement, local food-health policy, and measurement of good food progress, with an emphasis in local food-health policy.

 

This is an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, resourceful, experienced, and committed candidate to bring creative vision to an existing foundation of relationships and learnings to ensure that the progress made through the framework of the MI Good Food Charter will continue beyond 2020.

 

Position expectations

Specific to project work

  • Work with a variety of MI Good Food Charter partners to further institutionalize the policy framework and goals of the Charter across organizations, programs, and policies
  • Work with local food councils, Good Food Charter partners and steering committee members to develop a comprehensive, robust statewide food policy voice that is responsive to local community needs and informs statewide efforts to shape Michigan good food policy;
  • Convene and collaborate with MI Good Food Charter partners and steering committee members to plan and conduct the 2020 Good Food Charter Summit and publish the 2020 Good Food Report Cards;
  • Working with other Center staff, identify and build the capacity of local partners in three of Michigan's cities in farm to Early Childhood Education (ECE), farm to institution procurement, local food-health policy, and measurement of good food progress; emphasis will be in local food-health policy.
  • Develop and submit grant proposals, including collaborative projects with CRFS colleagues and/or external partners, and manage projects, personnel and/or budgets to fulfill project objectives;
  • Plan and co-coordinate recurring team meetings with CRFS project staff; and
  • Provide information to project principle investigators on grant deliverables as funding requires

 

Expected of all CRFS academic specialists

  • Engage with relevant networks led by CRFS and/or partners and appropriate professional organizations;
  • Document and share project work and accomplishments; maintain regular internal and external communication about project activities; write grant reports; develop and report on an annual plan of work;
  • Actively participate in CRFS staff and strategic meetings and stay current on CRFS projects, activities, resources and publications as relevant to this work;
  • Represent projects and CRFS in a professional manner in all forms of engagement and communication; and
  • Help to foster, facilitate, and maintain the CRFS culture of anti-racism, trust, support and accountability.

 

Status

This is a full-time, annual year, temporary position. Initial appointment will be for one year with reappointment contingent upon funding and performance.

 

Available

September 1, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

 

Application Deadline

July 16, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is identified. 

 

Starting Salary

Commensurate with education and experience: range is $52,000 to $68,000 annually.

  

Reporting

Individual reports to Director, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.

 

Qualifications

  1. Master's degree required in community food systems, food policy, community development, or a related field.
  2. At least five years of post-graduate experience working with regional food systems, and state and/or local food policy. Knowledge and understanding of the MI Good Food Charter or another state-level food charter is preferred but not required. 
  3. Demonstrated project leadership and management experience.
  4. Demonstrated resourcefulness, self-motivation and ability to problem-solve and think critically.
  5. Ability to self-direct and balance multiple projects simultaneously and to easily shift between working independently and as part of a team.
  6. Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills and experience using a broad range of communication tactics.
  7. Ability to effectively and diplomatically engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups (in Michigan and nationally) such as academic faculty and staff, organizational partners, and funders. 
  8. Experience working with multicultural and diverse populations.
  9. High degree of knowledge of and comfort with using technology in completing job requirements including Microsoft Office suite; online search, file-sharing, and collaboration platforms; electronic survey software; and phone/web conferencing systems. 
  10. Available to regularly travel throughout the state and occasionally within the US, including overnight, and possession of a valid, current state driver's license.
  11. Understanding of and committed to a culture of anti-racism and inclusivity. 

 

Application Procedure

You must apply online to MSU Human Resources.

 

Visit http://careers.msu.edu  look for job posting #512757 under faculty/academic staff.

 

A cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, and an updated curriculum Vita or resume needs to be submitted as a part of the application process.

 

If you have questions about the position or search process, you may contact Rich Pirog, rspirog@msu.edu.

 

Please do not send application materials directly to Rich Pirog.

 

Michigan State University

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU http://miwin.msu.edu/. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found http://worklife.msu.edu/.

 

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems Mission

CRFS works to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.

 

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Michigan State University employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status.

 

 

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Andrea Weiss

Communications Director

Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University

480 Wilson Road, Room 309 | Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 432-0283

 

twitter.com/MSUCRFS  

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

“Amplifying Voices for Equity” 2018 Michigan Good Food Summit registration now open!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Keystone gathering to advance a thriving economy, equity, and sustainability through Michigan's food system will be October 22, 2018. Registration now open.

 

 

Contact:

Rachel Kelly, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems | (517) 432-4705 | kellyra2@msu.edu

Andrea Weiss, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems | (517) 432-0283 | aweiss@msu.edu

 

July 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

"Amplifying Voices for Equity" 2018 Michigan Good Food Summit registration now open

 

Keystone statewide gathering to advance a thriving economy, equity, and sustainability through Michigan's food system will be October 22, 2018

 

East Lansing, Michigan – The Michigan Good Food Summit creates a space for all people interested in advancing a thriving economy, equity and sustainability through Michigan food systems to connect, learn and collaborate across sectors. Registration is now open for the fifth biennial Michigan Good Food Summit to be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center on Michigan State University's campus. 

 

The theme of the 2018 Good Food Summit is "Amplifying Voices for Equity." This reflects a focus on programming that addresses equity issues throughout the food system, and especially equity issues affecting under-represented groups and communities. The day-long event will celebrate state and local successes, share tools and resources to catalyze progress towards a good food system in Michigan, and provide an opportunity to network with others from around the state and across the food system.

 

"The Michigan Good Food Summit is an inspiring and unique experience," says Lindsey Scalera, planning committee member for the 2016 and 2018 Summits and Sustainable Food Program Director at the Ecology Center. "It connects hundreds of people who share a common vision for Michigan's food system. Relationships established at this gathering continue to have an impact beyond just this one day as we collaborate to strengthen Michigan communities."

 

Highlights of the 2018 program include:

         Keynote address by Saru Jayaraman, President & Co-Founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

         More than 15 interactive workshops, panel discussions and lightning rounds, including:

          Amplifying Unheard Voices Through the Media

          Uplifting Youth Vision and Leadership in Good Food Work

          Elevating Equity in the Food Policy Process

          Empowering Latino Farmers

          Scaling Your Food Business with Financing

         Keynote panel highlighting diversity of good food work going on in Michigan

         What does an equitable Michigan food system look like? facilitated visioning and story-sharing session

         Michigan Apple Crunch group crunch

         Performance by Manitou Wabanaisee (Spirit of the Snowbirds) Snowbird Singers, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

         Exhibit tables from an array of businesses and non-profit organizations

 

Explore the entire program and register for the 2018 Michigan Good Food Summit at: www.michiganfood.org/summits. 

 

See summaries and notes from the 2016 Michigan Good Food Summit.

 

The Michigan Good Food Summit is hosted by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems. It is a keystone event in Michigan's statewide work to advance the Michigan Good Food Charter. The Michigan Good Food Charter is a policy roadmap for building a Michigan food system that produces Good Food. In the terms of the Charter, "Good Food" is food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.

 

Learn more about the Michigan Good Food Charter at michiganfood.org and like the Michigan Good Food Charter on Facebook and Twitter. The hashtag for this year's summit is #2018GoodFood.

 

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The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) unites the knowledge of diverse food systems stakeholders with that of MSU faculty and staff to advance regionally-rooted food systems through applied research, education, and outreach. Our work fosters a thriving economy, equity, and sustainability for Michigan, the nation, and the planet by increasing understanding of and engagement with systems that produce food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable. Learn more at http://foodsystems.msu.edu/.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Last chance to register! Wernette Beef farm tour - NEXT Monday, July 16th

 

Register now! Wernette Beef farm tour on Monday, July 16th

 

This is the last reminder to register for the farm tour of Wernette Beef NEXT Monday, July 16th, 2018, hosted by the MI Meat Network, in partnership with the Michigan Farm to Institution Network.This is a special opportunity for food service buyers and their value chain partners to visit a working mid-sized cattle ranch and learn about how beef is produced, marketed, and distributed and Michigan. (We may still see some late calves!) Wernette Beef is run by the women of Wernette Cattle Company, which raises Angus–Tarentaise cattle on lush pasture in Remus, MI to supply local markets with quality beef. A carpool option will be available from East Lansing to Remus (sign up in the registration link). This tour is free to attend and lunch will be provided by Fireside Grille. 

 

Registration is required to attend; please register here

 

Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes as this is a working farm!

 

10 am – 1 pm on Monday, July 16th

9442 50th Ave

Remus, MI 49340

Phone 989-506-2437

 

 

Here's the agenda for the tour:

10:00 am – Welcome and introductions

10:30 am – Farm tour

11:30 am – Networking and lunch

1:00pm – Adjourn

  

 

We hope you can join us!

 

The Meat Network and MFIN Teams

Center for Regional Food Systems

Michigan State University

 

Friday, July 6, 2018

You're Invited! Rescheduled Wernette Beef farm tour - Monday, July 16th

You're re-invited! Wernette Beef farm tour on Monday, July 16th!

 

Register today for the farm tour of Wernette Beef on Monday, July 16th, 2018, hosted by the MI Meat Network in partnership with the Michigan Farm to Institution Network. This is a special opportunity for food service buyers and their value chain partners to visit a working mid-sized cattle ranch and learn about how beef is produced, marketed, and distributed and Michigan. (We may still see some late calves!) Wernette Beef is run by the women of Wernette Cattle Company, which raises Angus–Tarentaise cattle on lush pasture in Remus, MI to supply local markets with quality beef. A bus travel option will be available from East Lansing to Remus (sign up in the registration link). This tour is free to attend and lunch will be provided by Fireside Grille. 

 

Registration is required to attend; please register here

 

Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes as this is a working farm!

 

10 am – 1 pm on Monday, July 16th

9442 50th Ave

Remus, MI 49340

Phone 989-506-2437

 

 

Here's the agenda for the tour:

10:00 am – Welcome and introductions

10:30 am – Farm tour

11:30 am – Networking and lunch (provided by Hearty Harvest)

1:00pm – Adjourn with optional stop by Hearty Harvest Farmstand

  

 

We hope you can join us!

 

The Meat Network and MFIN Teams

Center for Regional Food Systems

Michigan State University

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Fruits and Nuts for Northern Michigan field day in Petoskey!

Fruits and Nuts for Northern Michigan,
Saturday, July 14, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Gabriel Farms, 2800 E Mitchell Rd, Petoskey, MI 49770

Join us at picturesque Gabriel Farms to hear the story of how they established their diverse fruit crops, get an update on the dreaded spotted wing Drosophila, and hear about the potential for chestnuts in Northern Michigan.

·        Duke Elsner, MSU Extension; Understanding and managing spotted wing Drosophila.

 

·        Dennis Fulbright, MSU professor emeritus; Potential for chestnuts in Northern Michigan.

 

·        Kristi Schuil, Owner, Gabriel Farm; Establishing and managing diverse fruit crops: apples, grapes, haskaps …


What's a haskap? You'll have to come to the field day to find out!


Register online

Fee: $20

For more information call or email Larry Dyer: 231-881-2784 or ldyer3913@gmail.com


This field day is a collaboration with Crosshatch, www.crosshatch.org, and the Local Food Alliance with funding from the USDA Risk Management Agency.

The USDA is an equal opportunity  employer and provider



--   Larry Dyer  231-881-2784