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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Michigan Farm to School News




Here’s the latest news of interest…



Farms Selling Foods to Schools Workshop

10-3 pm at April 29th at Mid-Michigan Community College

For questions and to RSVP, contact Kable Thurlow, MSU Extension at


Michigan Junior Iron Chef Competition

Recipe contest entries from high school teams are due May 8th, 2009.

For more information and to download forms, click here.




Manistee Area Schools are accepting bids until April 27th, 2009 from area farmers for fresh, local fruits and vegetables for the 2009/10 school year.

Please see the attached request for bids for contact information and to learn more.


The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) membership drive is underway! Check out their website for more information.




The Michigan Department of Education will soon release applications for the equipment grants for school food authorities. In advance of this, I here’s a list of kitchen equipment suggestions for schools that are interested in farm to school programs or simply purchasing, preparing, and serving more fresh, whole fruits and vegetables. Thanks to our friends at Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch for passing this along!


If you’re interested in school gardens, check out Garden ABCs, a handy website which has a list of grant opportunities, media, research, up-coming events and much, much more!



Happy Earth Day,


Colleen Matts

Farm to School Specialist

CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

Michigan State University

303 Natural Resources Building

East Lansing, MI 48824-1222



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