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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Northwest Lower Michigan School Seeks Food Service Director with Farm to School Skills

Please spread this news widely!

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) in northwestern Lower Michigan is taking applications for a new food service director for its approximately 10,000-student school system. TCAPS job description includes making farm to school purchasing—purchasing and serving food grown by local farmers—a priority. All food service programming also must be financially sustainable.

The Traverse City School system is located in a diverse agricultural region of Michigan and is working with numerous community partners to help build the region's local food economy and to bring healthy, locally grown foods to the plates of its students. The duties within its job description include: 

  • Oversee the implementation of Farm-to School model by finding innovative ways to keep the school lunch program supplied with fresh, seasonal, sustainably grown produce and products, by building positive partnerships.
  • Oversee menu planning consistent with state and federal guidelines with an emphasis on the use of seasonal, regional, and sustainable food products.
  • Use seasonal, regional, and sustainably produced food products, to the greatest degree possible, with an emphasis on foods prepared from scratch in district.

Please go here for more information and to fill out the application (click on "view our open positions" and then click on "non-affiliated positions"):


Diane Conners |  Senior Policy Specialist | Food & Farming

Michigan Land Use Institute
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Hi all,

Here’s more information about the up-coming National Farm to Cafeteria Conference that will be held in Burlington, Vermont on August 2-5th. Pass it on!




Colleen Matts

Farm to Institution Specialist

CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

Michigan State University



From: Vanessa Herald []
Subject: 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference - Please Share Widely


Hi Great Lakes Region Farm to Cafeteria Advocates!

Please forward, e-mail, share, post, facebook and tweet the following National Farm to Cafeteria Conference info far and wide to your Farm to Institution networks. We hope to see you in Vermont this August!


Join us August 2-5, 2012 in Burlington, Vermont for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In!



Whether you are new to the movement or have years of wisdom to share, the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is a great opportunity to network, build skills and get energized! We do hope you will join us! Conference registration will open May 2012. Conference information will be posted regularly at the Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! website.

Submissions for workshop and poster sessions for the conference are now being accepted. Details can be found online at Applications are due on March 7th.



Farm to Cafeteria began with the common goal of building strong communities, healthy individuals and resilient local farms. Across the country great progress has been made connecting farm-fresh foods with K-12 schools, pre-schools, childcare settings, colleges, universities, hospitals, prisons and beyond – and now we are Digging In!

The conference will bring together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, representatives from government agencies and nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and others who are breaking down barriers and expanding the impact of Farm to Cafeteria. There will be skill-building short-courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.


Join us August 2-5, 2012 in beautiful Burlington, Vermont, where we’ll be Digging In! to Farm to Cafeteria.


Vanessa Herald
Great Lakes Region Farm to School Network Coordinator
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
University of Wisconsin - Madison