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Friday, January 20, 2017

Seasonal Menu Planning Webinar Recording

Greetings, network!

 

If you missed the great webinar last week on Seasonal Menu Planning, fear not! It is now recorded and available for viewing on our website at the link below. This webinar included Mariel Borgman, Kaitlin Wojciak, and Amy Klinkloski sharing strategies for incorporating seasonal Michigan products into school menus using tools developed for the Making Michigan Recipes Work training series in Fall of 2016. The webinar takes a deep dive into some of these resources which are also freely available at Cultivate Michigan's website!

 

Check out the recording and find out more information here:

http://foodsystems.msu.edu/resources/seasonal-menu-planning-for-farm-to-school-making-michigan-recipes-work

 

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

Cherry Slurp Webinar - In Case You Missed It!

Greetings, network!

Yesterday we held an introductory event overview webinar for the 2017 Michigan Cherry Slurp. For those of you who haven't heard yet, this is a one-day event, similar to the Apple Crunch, to celebrate Cherries (and Valentine's Day) by slurping a cherry smoothie (or another cherry treat of your choosing).

 

The webinar covered event details, resources, and steps to planning your event. There is also a recorded question and answer period at the end.

 

The recording is available at the link below.

http://foodsystems.msu.edu/resources/michigan-cherry-slurp-event-overview-webinar

 

Have a fabulous 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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cherry Slurp Webinar - Today!

Celebrate Valentine's Day with the Michigan Cherry Slurp!

Join us for an introductory webinar today at 2 pm!

Register for the webinar

 

It's almost time for the first annual Michigan Cherry Slurp! 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!

 

This webinar will provide an overview of the initiative, introduce resources to support planning your own Slurp, and provide creative ideas to make your Slurp unique. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

 

If you're ready to register for the Slurp, click 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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Seasonal Menu Planning Webinar Today! 2:00 pm

Seasonal Menu Planning for Farm to School

Today at 2pm

Register here

 

Michigan's diverse agriculture industry allows for lots of opportunities to incorporate local food into your menus. This webinar will help you get beyond the basics and describe strategies and examples of how to adapt your school menu based on Michigan fruit and vegetable availability. This is also a great opportunity to dive deep into resources from the recent Making Michigan Recipes Work training.

 

Participants will be introduced to the new Making Michigan Recipes Work resources from MSU Extension and Cultivate Michigan that can help in planning a menu that matches Michigan's growing seasons.

 

Hope to see you there,

 

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, January 13, 2017

Petoskey, MI - Groundwork Center Seeks Local Food Coordinator

The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is seeking a Local Food Coordinator with strong outreach, organizing, and communication skills, who is eager to help support the advancement of the local food & farming economy in northern Michigan, specifically, in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties, as well as the surrounding area. 

The ideal candidate is a flexible, innovative, and engaging individual who is at home in business, community, and governmental settings; understands the economic, social, and policy basics of farm to school and food access programs; and has a strong passion for local food and farming issues, protecting our environment, and building resilient communities.

The Local Food Coordinator will:

  • Work with the local food and farming program director and an advisory committee to identify and advance key local food and farming initiatives in the Northern Farms Foodshed;
  • Support a burgeoning farm to school movement through engagement with local farmers, school administrators, teachers, parents and other stakeholders;
  • Oversee the expansion of the local FoodCorps program, including supporting additional schools in their efforts to source local food for their school lunch programs, integrating farm to school activities with curriculum, and supporting school gardens;
  • Support regional food pantries in their efforts to offer more healthful, local food to all members of our community;
  • And, serve as a community liaison by working collaboratively with other individuals and organizations advancing the local food and farming economy throughout the Northern Farms Foodshed. 

Professional Requirements

Candidates for this position must have a bachelor's degree or higher level of educational attainment. The candidate must demonstrate:

  • Experience with and/or deep knowledge of local food and farming systems, strategies, and economics;
  • Ability to write persuasive opinion pieces, marketing materials, and reports;
  • Organizing skills that motivate, guide, and engage citizens, businesspeople, and officials around local food and farming issues;
  • Capacity to raise donor and grant funds;
  • And, excellent relationship building, outreach, and self-organizing skills. 

Personal Qualifications 

The Local Food Coordinator works closely with a highly qualified team of policy analysts, advocates, and communicators. Among the qualities we seek in successful candidates are a: 

  • Strong commitment to the Groundwork Center's mission and programs; 
  • Thorough understanding of and enthusiasm for local food and farming and resiliency principles; 
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills; 
  • Proven ability to organize multiple projects simultaneously with keen attention to detail, deadlines, and objectives; 
  • Self-directed working approach and initiative; 
  • Spirit of an engaged advocate, rather than a detached analyst; 
  • Strong interpersonal public speaking, communication, and teamwork skills; 
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor; 
  • And, sense of humor and positive outlook. 

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure 

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary range, depending on experience. The position will be based in Petoskey, MI with moderate amounts of short-term regional travel required. Full-time employees and their families qualify for the Groundwork Center's full health insurance coverage. They also receive retirement benefits, ample vacation, and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region.

Please send a one-page cover letter, resume, and references to meghan(at)groundworkcenter.org with the subject line: Local Food Coordinator by February 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 


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Meghan McDermott | Food & Farming Program Director

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Reminder: Farm to ECE Webinar tomorrow at 1 pm

Farm to ECE Mini Webinar Series:

Local Food Purchasing Part 1: Purchasing from Farmers

Tomorrow, Wednesday January 11 at 1:00 pm

Register Here

 

This is the fourth segment of the 2016-2017 Farm to ECE Mini-Webinar Series. This series consists of 12 webinars that will cover various topics in Farm to ECE. Webinars will be 15 minutes of presented material with time for questions and answers following, and will be archived on the MSU CRFS website.

 

Many early childhood programs want to strengthen local community connections, support local economies, and build in educational opportunities through working directly with farmers to source local food. This webinar will cover the basics of purchasing directly from a farmer for early childhood program including how to find farmers, rules and regulations, and strategies for creating successful partnerships. The webinar will include examples from Michigan of early childhood programs that have successfully built relationships with local farmers, and give other programs ideas for getting started!

This series is designed for early childhood program staff including food service directors, cook staff, administration, teachers, and family day care home providers, and can also be beneficial for those seeking to support farm to ECE efforts. 

Looking forward to seeing many of you on the webinar,

 

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

This Valentine's Day, Celebrate Michigan Cherries with the First Michigan Cherry Slurp!


Michigan Farm to Institution Network Newsletter

This Valentine's Day, Slurp your Cherries in a Celebratory Smoothie! 

The Michigan Cherry Slurp is a one day event highlighting one of Michigan's most well-known agricultural products – tart cherries!

Join the jubilee with the first Michigan Cherry Slurp !

On February 14, 2016, Michigan institutions including schools, early childhood programs, hospitals, colleges and universities, organizations, businesses, and individuals will celebrate the first Michigan Cherry Slurp!

Just like the Michigan Apple Crunch, this is a day to get creative and host an event centered around Michigan tart cherries

Register for Great Resources:

When you register  for the slurp, we'll email you a host of great resources to help you plan, promote and celebrate your event along with some information on where you can source Michigan cherries:

  • Event Toolkit: You will recieve a toolkit with loads of ideas for hosting and promoting your events and tastings, inviting the media and legislators, and we even have a few special cherry smoothie recipes!
  • Sourcing Information:
    • The Cultivate Michigan Cherry Product Guide: The 2016 Winter Featured food is dried & frozen tart cherries! We've got sourcing information, recipies, and storage tips for both dried and frozen tart cherries included in our product guide.
    • Farm to Freezer West Michigan Cherry Blend Sourcing Sheet: Our friends at Farm to Freezer have a special blend featuring montmorency tart cherries with blueberries and apple slices. This medley of local flavors is the perfect balance of tart and sweet for your Cherry Slurp Celebrations! You'll learn where you can find this product.
  • Webinar on January 19th: We'll be hosting a webinar for those who wish to learn more about hosting Michigan Cherry Slurp events and sourcing frozen tart cherries. Register for the Webinar Today!
  • Shareable Graphics: We've made promoting your event easy with a whole suite of Cherry Slurp graphics you can download and use!

Register Now at www.micherryday.com!

About MFIN

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) is a space for learning, sharing and working together to get more local food to institutions. We aim to meet the Michigan Good Food Charter goal of 20% Michigan food to institutions by 2020.

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About Cultivate Michigan

In 2014, MFIN launched a local food purchasing campaign designed to help ramp up farm to institution programs and track progress.

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