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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Reminder: Farm to ECE Webinar Series Continues today at 1:00 pm

The MI Farm to ECE Mini Webinar Series continues today! There's still time to register.

 

Purchasing Local Food from Broadline Distributors

Today, February 23 at 1:00 pm

Register at https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/793b37a257f78db134538d7d4481ef37


Interested in local food but don't know where to start? Many broadline distributors are providing more information about the local food products they source and how customers can easily access them. This webinar will cover the how-tos of local food purchasing from your broadline distributor in early childhood programs and provide tips and tools for programs to easily increase the amount of food they purchase locally.

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Friday, February 10, 2017

MI Farm to School news

Happy Friday!

See below for this week's news and upcoming events. Hope to see many of your pictures of the Michigan Cherry Slurp on Tuesday!

Events
  • Michigan Cherry Slurp – February 14, 2017
    • The Michigan Cherry Slurp is just two days away! Join us in celebration Michigan tart cherries by slurping them in a celebratory smoothie (or another treat of your choice). Be sure to take lots of pictures and sent them to art@cherrycapitalfoods.org.
  • Farm to ECE Webinar: Purchasing local food from your broadline distributor – February 23, 2017 1:00 pm
    • This webinar will cover the basics of how to use a broadline distributor to purchase local foods. Please note the date change is now Thursday February 23. Register at the link above.
Resources
News

Opportunities
  • Grants Available for Michigan's Specialty Groups – deadline Thursday April 6, 2017
    • The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are accepting proposals for up to 100,000 in funds to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan's specialty crops. Grants should be submitted to MDA-grants@michigan.gov. 
  • Job: Garden Attendant – Detroit Public School Office of School Nutrition
    • Seasonal, part time position to support assist maintaining farms and school gardens operated by Detroit School Garden Collaborative.
  • Research Position Center for Rural Studies – VT – Deadline
    • The Center for Rural Studies is seeking a candidate to aid in the development, implementation, and management of research projects.
  • Food Corps – deadline March 15
    • Apply to be a FoodCorps service member! You'll get paid to dedicate one to two years of service to the challenging work of growing healthier bodies, healthier minds, and a more just world.

Thanks for all you do,

Abby Harper
Farm to School Specialist
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824
(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

Friday, February 3, 2017

Michigan Farm to School Champions Honored

Michiganders, it is an off week for news, but I have some truly wonderful announcements to share!

 

Every year, the School Nutrition Foundation recognizes food service directors across the country for going beyond their required responsibilities and making significant contribution to their communities with the "School Nutrition Heroes" award.

 

This year, two of those five Heroes (that's right, TWO!) are Michiganders. Doreen Simonds of Waterford Public Schools and Betti Wiggins of Detroit Public Schools are two of the most wonderful people I've had the pleasure of working with in my time in Michigan, and both have contributed greatly not only to their own districts but in supporting farm to school efforts statewide. Please join me in sending them not only congratulations for this honor, but a heartfelt thank you for all they've done to improve access to local foods for children throughout Michigan! Scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for bios on each of their efforts.

 

Also, don't forget the Michigan Cherry Slurp is just two weeks away! I've heard from lots of folks about plans to celebrate tart cherries on February 14 in many different forms. It's not too late to sign up and plan your event! Don't forget to check out our informational webinar to learn more.

 

Best, and have a wonderful weekend,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

 

Betti Wiggins

Executive Director of Office of School Nutrition, Detroit Public Schools, Detroit, Michigan

In the eight years she has been with Detroit Public Schools Community District, Betti has transformed the district's nutrition and food delivery system. She is a native Detroiter and one of the founding board members of the Detroit Food Policy Council, which nurtures the development and maintenance of a sustainable, localized food system and a food-secure city of Detroit. Through the Office of Nutrition, Betti has also established the nationally recognized Detroit School Garden Collaborative, which placed raised-bed gardens in 82 schools. The Collaborative staff also provides work-based skills training for students at Randolph Career and Technical Center. Using her love of fresh produce and her formal degree in nutrition from Wayne State University, Betti has been instrumental in helping Detroit students gain access to healthy options. She is a board member of the National Farm to School Network, working with Eastern Market, one of the oldest farmers' markets in the country. She also worked with Greening of Detroit to develop school garden education programs. Betti developed and built Drew Farm at Drew Transition Center, a school for 18 to 26 year olds with cognitive and physical disabilities, helping to produce more than 20,000 pounds of food each year for school lunch trays and to help those in need.

 

Doreen Simonds

Food Service Director, Waterford School District, Waterford, Michigan

Described as a "charismatic, yet humble leader" with "relentless energy," Doreen has dedicated 31 years to the Waterford School District. Spearheading a district-wide Farm to School program, Doreen created three school gardens and partnered with Oakland County Farmers to provide fresh Michigan produce on the schools' menus. She created various learning environments for students, producing effective educational programs through a reading wall with nutrition books and edible school gardens to learn how to grow, harvest and prepare local ingredients. In 2011, Doreen created a "Food and Fit Committee," a wellness team made up of physical education teachers, nutrition staff and students. The team has supported multiple initiatives throughout her district, including "Jump and Jill" and HOP Sports activity programs. Doreen's efforts extend beyond school nutrition, setting up field trips to local farmers' markets, arranging a free "Smile Dentist" to provide kids with dental treatments and holding annual book swaps.

 

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Farm to ECE Webinar Series Continues Tomorrow!

The MI Farm to ECE Mini Webinar Series continues tomorrow at 1 pm with Local Food Purchasing through Food Hubs.

Register for this webinar

 

A food hub is a business or organization that aggregates and distributes local food. This short, 15-minute webinar will cover the basics of working with a food hub, including how to find a food hub and the benefits for early childhood programs of sourcing local food through a food hub. This is the fifth segment of the Farm to ECE mini-webinar series.

 

Catch up on the previous webinars here

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Registration Deadline Approaching for Kalamazoo Farm Food Safety Event!

Produce growers,

 

Are you ready for the Food Safety Modernization Act? Have you been putting off writing your farm food safety plan, or could yours use a refresher? Are you curious about GroupGAP certification?

 

The conference is FREE but registration required by February 10. Don’t delay, register today!!

 

https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=7169F13F05CAD852

 


 

 

 

 

Mariel Borgman

Community Food Systems Educator

 

MSU Extension at the KVCC Food Innovation Center

224 E. Crosstown Pky.

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Cell: 989-506-3922

mborgm@anr.msu.edu

http://www.msue.anr.msu.edu

 

MSU Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.

 

Re: Michigan Cherry Slurp is two weeks away!

We are too!

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Simonds, Doreen T <SimonD01@wsdmi.org> wrote:
This is awesome Abby!  We are excited to celebrate!

Doreen Simonds
Director, Nutrition and Purchasing Services
C:  248.408.7247
Fax:  248.682.0641
501 N. Cass Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
Simond01@wsdmi.org<https://mail.wsdmi.org/OWA/redir.aspx?C=0520ccc926e0415e9cce9a0daa3e9d51&URL=mailto%3aSimond01%40wsdmi.org>
Train a child up in the way they should go & healthy in body and mind they will grow!
________________________________
From: Harper, Abigail <harperab@ANR.MSU.EDU>
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 4:29:29 PM
To: MIFARMTOSCHOOL@LIST.MSU.EDU
Subject: Michigan Cherry Slurp is two weeks away!

The 2017 Michigan Cherry Slurp is only two weeks away! Don't miss your chance to join with others throughout the state and celebrate your farm to school efforts by showing Michigan tart cherries some love!

The Michigan Cherry Slurp is a one-day event on February 14, 2017. Modeled after the Michigan Apple Crunch, this will be an opportunity for all sizes of institutions, including schools, early childhood programs, universities/colleges, hospitals, and other organizations and businesses, to celebrate Michigan cherries throughout the state!

And don't forget! If you're planning on ordering the West Michigan Blend smoothie through Cherry Capital, the deadline to do so is tomorrow, January 31! Register for the event at http://micherryday.com<http://micherryday.com/> for more information.

For more details, check out this informational webinar<http://foodsystems.msu.edu/resources/michigan-cherry-slurp-event-overview-webinar> we hosted earlier this month.

Abby Harper
Farm to School Specialist
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824
(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834
www.foodsystems.msu.edu<http://www.foodsystems.msu.edu/> | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu<http://www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu/>


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Re: Michigan Cherry Slurp is two weeks away!

This is awesome Abby! We are excited to celebrate!

Doreen Simonds
Director, Nutrition and Purchasing Services
C: 248.408.7247
Fax: 248.682.0641
501 N. Cass Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
Simond01@wsdmi.org<https://mail.wsdmi.org/OWA/redir.aspx?C=0520ccc926e0415e9cce9a0daa3e9d51&URL=mailto%3aSimond01%40wsdmi.org>
Train a child up in the way they should go & healthy in body and mind they will grow!
________________________________
From: Harper, Abigail <harperab@ANR.MSU.EDU>
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 4:29:29 PM
To: MIFARMTOSCHOOL@LIST.MSU.EDU
Subject: Michigan Cherry Slurp is two weeks away!

The 2017 Michigan Cherry Slurp is only two weeks away! Don't miss your chance to join with others throughout the state and celebrate your farm to school efforts by showing Michigan tart cherries some love!

The Michigan Cherry Slurp is a one-day event on February 14, 2017. Modeled after the Michigan Apple Crunch, this will be an opportunity for all sizes of institutions, including schools, early childhood programs, universities/colleges, hospitals, and other organizations and businesses, to celebrate Michigan cherries throughout the state!

And don't forget! If you're planning on ordering the West Michigan Blend smoothie through Cherry Capital, the deadline to do so is tomorrow, January 31! Register for the event at http://micherryday.com<http://micherryday.com/> for more information.

For more details, check out this informational webinar<http://foodsystems.msu.edu/resources/michigan-cherry-slurp-event-overview-webinar> we hosted earlier this month.

Abby Harper
Farm to School Specialist
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824
(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834
www.foodsystems.msu.edu<http://www.foodsystems.msu.edu/> | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu<http://www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu/>