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Monday, September 28, 2009

MSU Student Organic Farm Tour for Food Service Directors on Oct 16th

Greetings school food service directors,

As many of you will be in Lansing for the up-coming School  Nutrition Association of Michigan conference, we thought we'd set up a tour of MSU's Student Organic Farm (SOF) so you can take advantage of the opportunity while you're in town if you'd like.


The SOF has six hoophouses, which are passive solar greenhouses, for year-round crop production and trains farmers on organic and hoophouse production and marketing. As part of their marketing, the SOF operates a year-round Community Supported Agriculture (CSA, or farm share) program and sells some greens and other vegetables to a  couple of the residential dining halls on campus. In addition to crop production, the SOF also has bees for honey, chickens which provide eggs for sale at CSA pick up, and a few newly acquired hogs! Here's the link to their website if you'd like to learn more –


I know many school food service directors have been interested in seeing the SOF, especially since more and more schools and communities are setting up gardens and hoophouses of their own, some with production intended for school food service. This would be a great time to see how it all works! Adam Montri, the SOF Outreach Coordinator, will be providing the tour for school food service directors on Friday, October 16th at 2 pm. The SOF is located at 3291 College Rd in Holt, MI, which is about a 10 minute drive on the highway from the Lansing Center where the SNAM conference will be held.


If you are interested and available to attend the tour, please RSVP to me by Friday, October 9th. Please include your name and your school or district name. Before the tour, I will send details and directions by email to all that RSVP.




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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