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Monday, September 20, 2021

Work with us on local food council efforts in Michigan!

Join the CRFS team!
The Local Food Council Fellow will bring creative vision and add capacity to support and shape local food council and food policy work in Michigan.
The Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking a full-time, fixed-term Local Food Council Fellow.
We are looking for a relationship-driven, resourceful, and self-motivated candidate to bring creative vision and add capacity to support and shape local food council and food policy work in Michigan.
CRFS’s local food council work is highly collaborative. The Fellow will support outreach, training and technical assistance, and relationship-building in local food council and food policy projects of CRFS, using a racial equity lens in all efforts. This person will assist in coordinating and executing activities of the Michigan Local Food Council Network, a network of 25+ Michigan councils that build their individual and collective capacities to work on food and food policy issues, operate effectively, and engage their communities, through peer-to-peer learning.
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in community food systems, food policy, public health, nutrition, community development, or a related field and at least two years of work experience in a professional or academic setting.
Find the full position description on our website and on the MSU Careers Portal (posting #731024). Applications will be accepted until Monday, October 11.
Questions about the position or search process should be directed to Liz Gensler, Outreach Specialist, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, at
Visit to learn more about the Center for Regional Food Systems.
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CALL 517-353-3535
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Monday, September 13, 2021

Register for the Michigan Good Food Charter Gathering - October 13-15

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October 13-15, 2021

Join us as we wrap up the Michigan Good Food Charter update process and plan for the future of Good Food in Michigan!

This interactive agenda will bring together food systems advocates and practitioners to:

  • Preview and gather feedback on components of the updated Michigan Good Food Charter, including ideas for action and draft frameworks for collaboration at a statewide level.
  • Network and connect with others
  • Plan for next steps toward Michigan's good food future

Event Information

Registration Level

Early Bird

Runs through 9/24


Runs through 10/10

Flexible Rates



Full Price Rate




Scholarships are available through the registration form.

Simply choose the scholarship option and you will be notified of your acceptance via email.


If you wish to register a group (including groups who wish to utilize a scholarship) please contact Rachel Kelly for instructions:

Sponsorship, Exhibitor Space

Sponsorship and Exhibitor spaces are available for this virtual event You can find out more at the registration link and read about available levels here.


Please contact Diane Drago:

Register Today!

View the Agenda
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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Adopt a Cow and Virtual Farm Tours with UDIM

  1. Adopt a Cow – for any age but designed for elementary classrooms

Forget the guinea pig. How about adopting a 1,500-pound dairy cow for your classroom mascot? Don't worry about finding a pen big enough to hold her. The photos and stories we'll send you about her life on the farm will make her come alive for your students! 


The Discover Dairy "Adopt a Cow" program is an exciting, year-long experience for your classroom. Throughout the program, you'll get an inside look at dairy farming and be paired with a calf from a dairy farm in Michigan. You'll find out what her name is, when her birthday is, where she lives, and how the farmer takes care of her. You'll also receive progress updates, photos of the cow, live chats from the farm, activity sheets for your students, suggested lessons that follow Common CORE standards, and even opportunities to write letters to your calf! 


Registration is free and open until September 15, 2021. Make sure you share the program with a teacher you know! Visit to learn more about the program.


  1. Virtual Farm Tours – elementary students

Bring agriculture to life as you and your students take a virtual field trip! Working on behalf of Michigan's dairy farm families, Milk Means More invites you and your students on a FREE Virtual Farm Tour of a Michigan Dairy Farm. There are two dates to choose from. 


Sept. 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. – Grades 3-5; 45 minute tour of Ritter Farms

Oct. 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. – Grades K-2; 30 minute tour of Walnutdale Farms  


Our LIVE virtual tours offer a great opportunity to have your students visit a dairy farm. These interactive tours help students learn how dairy farmers care for their cows, the land and provide nutritious milk and other dairy foods we all enjoy. Students will have the opportunity to ask the dairy farmer questions during the live tours. Each tour will target grade level academic standards in Science, Social Studies, Health and Technology.  


Teachers can register to join the tour through Zoom and will receive updates and reminders. The virtual farm tour will also be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Visit for more information and to register.




Amiee Vondrasek

Youth Wellness Manager

United Dairy Industry of Michigan

(517) 342-4393


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Save the Date for the Michigan Apple Crunch on October 14th (or any day in October)!

We recognize that this year may again be different for many of our schools and other institutions that have typically participated in the Apple Crunch. Given the circumstances, we are still proceeding with the crunch this year as planned and are offering a variety of options for Michigan institutions, children, and residents to celebrate the Michigan apple harvest wherever you may be located come October 14th. We will also be sharing lots of resources to create activities and lessons to highlight the bounty of Michigan’s apple season. Please visit our registration page to ensure your crunch is counted and share your plans, photos from your event, and follow along on Facebook @miapplecrunch


To support your Michigan Apple Crunch:

·         Check out Cultivate Michigan resources to help you source Michigan apples from distributors and food hubs for your institutions and promote them in your cafeterias.

·          Visit the Michigan Apple Committee website that has searchable tools to help you find Michigan apples at farm markets and stores as well as activities for kids and resources for teachers.

·          Go to Michigan Farm to School for a range of resources and tools to help with your ongoing farm to school work at schools and early child care and education sites.


(apologies for cross-postings J)

Mariel Borgman


Community Food Systems Educator

Cell: 989-506-3922


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