Here are this month's Farm to School news bites:
"Grocery Store Tax Incentive Has Potential to Create More Than 3,000 Jobs and $852 Million in Sales" The Michigan Departments of Agriculture (MDA) and Treasury released information on Public Act 231, which amends the Commercial Rehabilitation Act, to support the development of grocery stores and improve access to fresh food through tax incentives.
"Montague Area Public Schools Celebrates Michigan Foods In Schools on September 21, 2009." September 21, 2009 was a Michigan Foods in Schools Day in all three Montague cafeterias. The lunch program that day had over 80% of the items served that were grown, produced or manufactured in Michigan. Please see press release attached.
Cornell University's Farm to School Research & Extension website is up and running again, check it out! It has some great publications and resources that are applicable to Michigan as well.
The Fruit and Veggie Quantity Recipe Cookbook from New Hampshire is available for your use online. The cookbook provides 30 fruit and vegetable based recipes that can be used in School Lunch Programs, School Breakfast Programs, and beyond. To view and download the cookbook, go to http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/DHHS/NHP/fruitsandveggies and click on "Fruit and Veggie Recipes."
On October 5th, 2009, the American Association of School Administrators/Healthy Communities Network is having a webinar, "Innovations for Food." In this webinar, speakers from across the country will share their experiences in transforming school food systems into healthier environments for students. All are welcome to participate. Please see the details below and visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=N3GYHi3KTQ_2bF3PDTfItC7A_3d_3d to register.
More competitors are needed for the Michigan Sustainable Stoup Competition statewide cooking competition in Grand Ledge, Michigan on October 25th. To compete, 75% of ingredients must be from Michigan as the goal of this competition is to promote local and sustainable agriculture. Please see attachments for more information about the competition and registration.
Growing Hope in Ypsilanti is currently recruiting applicants for up to 6 National Service AmeriCorps*VISTA positions for 12-month terms of service, to begin in November 2009 and run through November 2010. Please see the attachments for the job description and how to apply.
Farm to School Specialist
CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
Michigan State University
303 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222