Greetings Michigan school food service directors,
Are you interested in starting or expanding a farm to school program? If so, please join us for one of the Michigan Farm to School: Scaling Up and Branching Out regional trainings the week of October 17th!
This series of afternoon training sessions is being offered by the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU through the new MI Farm to School Grant Program (http://www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu/index.php?id=348), which provides farm to school planning and implementation mini-grants to school food service directors at schools/districts with 50% free and reduced rates or greater. Eight MI Farm to School grants were awarded this first, pilot year, and all grantees will attend the training nearest them. We're happy to extend the invitation to Michigan school food service directors interested in starting or expanding their farm to school programs!
MI Farm to School training dates and locations are as follows:
· Monday, October 17th, 12-4:15 pm
Grayling Charter Township
2090 Viking Way
Grayling, MI 49738
· Wednesday, October 19th, 12-4:30 pm
Kent County Michigan State University Extension Office
775 Ball Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
· Friday, October 21st, 12 – 4:30 pm
Livingston County Michigan State University Extension Office
2300 E Grand River Ave., Suite 111
Howell, MI 48843
The first hour of the training will focus on starting farm to school programs and the step-by-step guide to connecting with local farmers and purchasing local products. The remainder will focus on expanding farm to school programs, offering a greater range of products through more avenues. Tools and information from Produce Safety University, a national training offered by the National Food Service Management Institute and the USDA, will also be shared. The agenda is the same for each training, but we hope to draw on the farm to school experiences of attendees.
Please RSVP to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.432.0310 to reserve your spot for any one of the training opportunities. RSVPs will be taken on a first come first serve basis as we have space constraints in a couple of locations. More details will follow!
Farm to Institution Specialist
CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
Michigan State University
303 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222