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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Farm to School News

Hi all,


Here are the latest Farm to School news bites: 




Grant Will Bring Local Food to Districts

The Alliance for Economic Success in Manistee recently received a $60,000 Rural Development grant for Farm to School at the Frankfort-Elberta Area School District, Onekama Consolidated Schools and other districts in Benzie and Manistee counties. Project partners include the Michigan Land Use Institute, the Manistee Area Intermediate School District, Traverse Bay Intermediate School District, and local farmers and food processors.


Good For Our Health and Our EconomyThis editorial encourages that we “shouldn’t lose sight of the importance of the original “green economy” — agriculture — in West Michigan”, which ties in with the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter.


The act aims to improve children’s access to meal programs both in and out of school, add a 6-cent-per-child increase to meal reimbursements to improve nutritional quality, encourage farm to school and food sourcing from local farms, and establish nutrition standards for all food sold in schools, among other things. Click here to see a summary of the measures included in this bill.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has finalized new standards for ground beef purchases by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service for school lunch programs and other federal food and nutrition assistance programs.


Thank you for all those that joined us for the Your Guide to the Michigan Good Food Charter Webinar! If you missed it, you can access the recording hereJoin others who have shown their support for the Michigan Good Food Charter by filling out and sending in the Resolution of Support Form!




Farmers Market at the Capitol 

When: July 22, 10AM- 3PM

Where: East Lawn of the Capitol, Lansing

Click here for the flyer.


“Putting Michigan MarketMaker to Work for You” Workshop

When: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Wayne County Community College District (Western Campus) 

Space is limited to the first 20 registrants so RSVP soon to Morse Brown at or 269-208-1443. Click here for more details. 




The Chefs Move to Schools program is an effort to support the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign to stop the spread of childhood obesity. Chefs will be paired by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture with interested schools in their communities so together they can create healthy meals. Join the Chefs Move to Schools Program by completing the chef sign-up form here or the school sign-up form here.


The search is underway to fill a new position, Food Initiative Director for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM). Please see the position description attached.




Before you begin a Farm to School program, click here to learn more from the USDA Farm to School Team about USDA procurement regulations, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) policy, and procurement requirements for State and local governments.





Colleen Matts

Farm to Institution Specialist

CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

Michigan State University

303 Natural Resources Building

East Lansing, MI 48824-1222





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