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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Virtual Farm Tour of Siegler Dairy Farm on 9/22/22!

Join Milk Means More on September 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. for a 45-minute live tour of Siegler Dairy Farm in Michigan. Farmer Kip will discuss how he takes care of the cows, calves, land and community. Students will see the full crop cycle, from planting to harvest, along with the tractors and equipment used on the farm.  

 

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 Milk Means More for more information.   

 

* This tour is geared towards 3rd -5th grade students.

 

Hope you can join us!

 

Amiee

 

Amiee Vondrasek

Youth Wellness Manager

United Dairy Industry of Michigan

amiee@milkmeansmore.org

C: (517)342-4393

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

New Farm to ECE Survey report briefs available now

New Farm to ECE Survey briefs available now
The National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems are happy to share two new research briefs in our series from the 2021 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey:

 
These briefs focus on farm to ECE practices, as well as motivations and barriers to participation.

Farm to ECE practitioners, partners, and supporters can use these resources to start conversations and build awareness among their networks. 

Why Farm to ECE?

The top motivations for starting and continuing with farm to ECE included:
  • improving children’s health,
  • providing children with experiential learning,
  • supporting local farmers and local economy, and
  • teaching children where food comes from and how it’s grown.

The full series of report briefs explores the state of farm to ECE and opportunities to continue making progress, and includes:

  • Background and Methods
  • Farm to ECE Reach
  • Participation and Practices
  • Why Farm to ECE
  • Local Purchasing (coming soon!)
  • COVID-19 and Farm to ECE (coming soon!)
 
Explore all of the briefs here 
Explore and share this resource with your networks! 


For more information, contact Meagan Shedd at mshedd@msu.edu.

Learn more about the National Farm to School Network at farmtoschool.org.

Find out more about Farm to ECE in Michigan at foodsystems.msu.edu/michigan-farm-to-ece 
Funding for this resource comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Please help us spread the word
Forward this message and share on social media. Tag @MSUCRFS and @farmtoschool on Facebook and Twitter. 

Improving children's health is a top reason why childcare providers participate in #FarmtoECE, according to @farmtoschool and @msucrfs national survey. See what the other top motivations were at farmtoschool.org/ece 

Providing children with experiential learning is a top reason why childcare providers participate in #FarmtoECE, according to @farmtoschool and @msucrfs national survey. See what the other top motivations were at farmtoschool.org/ece 
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Join the MI Good Food Charter Council & Summit Planning Committee!

Hello everyone!

The Michigan Good Food Charter Council and Summit Planning Committees are seeking committee members from a diverse set of cross-sector food system perspectives and backgrounds!

The 2022 Michigan Good Food Charter was developed through a multi-year collaborative process involving representatives from over 150 Michigan agriculture, food, health, education, and governmental organizations. Now that the updated Charter has been published, we are re-establishing our coordination body to support the implementation of the Charter recommendations and planning for a summit for next year.

We are seeking nominees for the following committees that will make up the MI Good Food Charter Council:

  • Coordinating Committee - help us decide how we work together

This committee will design membership, governance, decision-making processes, and outreach and engagement methods that support the implementation of the Michigan Good Food Charter over the next 5-10 years. 

  • Policy Action Working Group - help develop a statewide food policy voice 

This working group will help develop a policy prioritization process, identifying existing policy action leaders and helping build a coalition around policy action related to the charter. 

 

  • Shared Measurement Committee - help measure progress toward our collective vision

This committee will complete the selection of long-term indicators of progress and help develop the plan to gather data and share progress toward our vision and results statements.


We are also seeking nominees for the:

  • Summit Planning Committee - Help set the stage for another successful 10 years of good food in Michigan.

      We plan to host a hybrid virtual/in-person summit in early spring of 2023. The theme is tentatively, "making Michigan good food work!" We are seeking planning       committee members to help us design this very interactive and exciting event which will serve as the "hard launch" for the 2022 Michigan Good Food Charter. 

      We welcome both previous committee members as well as new folks!


Please complete the application forms below by September 21, 2022 to nominate yourself or another person to join the Michigan Good Food Charter council committees and summit planning committee, respectively. 

MI Good Food Charter Council Committeeshttps://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_din6L529rCBbUs6 

MI Good Food Summit Planning Committee : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjq8h9ba2DvDtF0pRuvfUKJNmxMmsxi-wB6MieIw9-7tBnFg/viewform


Thank you so much for all you do for Michigan food and farming communities! Please let me know if you have any questions. 


Jordan Lindsay
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Grassroots Organizing Fellow 

Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University

foodsystems.msu.edu


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Growing Hope Hiring: Development Manager

Good Morning,

We are looking for a development professional to join the team here at Growing Hope. I have attached a job description and would appreciate it if you would share it within your networks or with anyone you believe may be a good fit for this position and our organization. Let me know if you need to receive it in a different format. 

Best,

Julius

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Growing Hope fosters an equitable and sustainable local food system where all people are empowered to grow, sell, buy, prepare and eat nourishing food. 

MIFARMTOSCHOOL is a listserv that links farm-to-school stakeholders and practitioners in Michigan, from school food service directors and school administrators to growers and distributors. Content posted to MIFARMTOSCHOOL does not necessarily reflect the views of Michigan State University or the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

Friday, August 26, 2022



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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Fwd: We're hiring! Seeking a Policy & Engagement Specialist

Groundwork is still searching for a policy and engagement specialist to advocate for 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms across the state. Spread the word with your networks and colleagues with the following qualifications:
  • Experience in farm to school policy, programming, school food models, and the impact that local food strategies can have for health and food economies
  • An ability to develop and cultivate relationships with decision-makers and grassroots community leaders at all levels of community, health, education, and economic stakeholder groups; and with a broad spectrum of donors
  • A proven ability to work independently and be self directed while collaborating well with others in a team setting
  • Strong writing skills
  • And, a demonstrated standard of excellence with attention to detail and accuracy

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From: Groundwork, Jen Schaap <jen@groundworkcenter.org>
Date: Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 8:45 AM
Subject: We're hiring! Seeking a Policy & Engagement Specialist
To: Jen <jen@groundworkcenter.org>


Help propel this nationally acclaimed farm to school program.
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WE'RE HIRING!

Help Propel This Nationally Acclaimed Farm to School Program


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POLICY & ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST 

Groundwork Center is seeking a Policy and Engagement Specialist to carry out our 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms communications, outreach and advocacy initiative. The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about the value of getting locally grown food to children in school and early child care settings; be experienced in public policy advocacy, networking, and facilitation; and help to embed 10 Cents a Meal and the value of investing in healthy, locally grown food for children in school and early child care into Michigan's identity. This position is full time, year round, and will report to Groundwork's Food & Farming Program Director. 

10 Cents a Meal is a state of Michigan program administered by the Michigan Department of Education. Groundwork Center is a nonprofit organization that provides supportive communications, outreach, and advocacy around the 10 Cents a Meal program.

The Policy and Engagement Specialist will be a visible, credible leader on policy issues who will manage 10 Cents legislative outreach and will publicly advocate for policy positions. The specialist will also support school grantees and build supportive partnerships and relationships with stakeholders—at community and state levels—working in areas of schools, farms, health, economy, food systems and more. The specialist will also support grantees through networking, communications, and outreach to foster success of the program within their communities. Finally, the specialist will help develop new project ideas and relationships with donors and grantors. Focus areas of this position will be central, east, and southeast Michigan.


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10 Cents a Meal

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By way of example, the Policy and Engagement Specialist will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as a spokesperson for Groundwork on 10 Cents a Meal.
  • Develop, manage, and carry out day-to-day activities that build outreach, education, and advocacy for 10 Cents a Meal statewide.
  • Identify and broaden the number and type of stakeholders statewide who are interested in supporting 10 Cents a Meal and seeing it thrive in Michigan communities. 
  • Develop and manage databases of supporters of varying degrees of engagement, schools that are 10 Cents a meal grantees, farms that have received business as a result of the program, media, and policymakers. 
  • Work collaboratively to develop press releases, fact sheets, social media, and web content, email newsletters, and other materials that are useful for champions statewide to use in educating schools, parents, community leaders, and policymakers about 10 Cents a Meal.
  • Participate in statewide local food, health, and economy networks.
  • Expand strategic partnerships so that champions for 10 Cents a Meal are developed within Michigan communities, carry out community outreach, find funding, and cultivate stories for policymakers and the public from within their communities.  
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key state policymakers who play an important role for 10 Cents a Meal, and support constituents around the state in educating policymakers about the program's value.
  • Work with the Food and Farming team, including the Farm to Early Care and Education Specialist, Farm to Institution Specialist, and also the Digital/Social Media Specialist, and Communications Director to coordinate communications around 10 Cents a Meal.
  • Participate as a farm to school support resource to state officials carrying out the 10 Cents a Meal program.
  • Write grant proposals and reports, and build strong relationships with existing and potential funders, including foundations.

Professional Requirements

Candidates for this position must demonstrate:

  • Experience in farm to school policy, programming, school food models, and the impact that local food strategies can have for health and food economies
  • An ability to develop and cultivate relationships with decision-makers and grassroots community leaders at all levels of community, health, education, and economic stakeholder groups; and with a broad spectrum of donors
  • A proven ability to work independently and be self directed while collaborating well with others in a team setting
  • Strong writing skills
  • And, a demonstrated standard of excellence with attention to detail and accuracy

Personal Qualifications

Among the qualities we seek in successful candidates are a:

  • Strong commitment to Groundwork's mission and programs
  • Passion for building local food system connections to schools, early child care, health initiatives, and more 
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing race, class, gender, place, and other social justice barriers
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines and ability to follow through on tasks
  • Self-directed working approach and ability to take initiative

At Groundwork, the candidate will join a driven team of individuals who are advancing policy solutions and projects that are pragmatic, practical, caring, and visionary. We strive to create a positive, collaborative, healthy, and inspired working environment that gives the staff the support to be the leaders in their field.

We are optimistic about Michigan's future and believe in a thriving local farm and food economy; stronger, more walkable, bike-able, and transit-friendly towns and villages; and cleaner sources of energy and climate solutions that support a more equitable world for all. The researchers, writers, advocates, system-changemakers, and coalition-builders that make up the Groundwork staff are passionately committed to realizing this vision.

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure

This is a full-time position with flexible hours, generous vacation and health benefits, retirement contribution matching, and a competitive salary range. This is a specialist-level position, with a salary range of $50,000-$59,000. While Groundwork Center is located in northwest lower Michigan, consideration will be given to candidates who can be in charge of networking in the south and central and east parts of the state, including Detroit, Flint, and Lansing for policy engagement, awareness building, and 10 Cents community/grantee support to help grantees be successful. 

Please send a one-page cover letter, resume and three references to jobs@groundworkcenter.org with the subject line: 10 Cents a Meal Policy and Engagement Specialist. We will accept applications until 9 a.m., Monday, August 31.

Groundwork is committed to creating a diverse workplace and seeks a wide-range of perspectives and backgrounds. People of color, persons with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Groundwork is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process. 

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