Greetings food and nutrition service directors,
If you’re interested in learning how to start or expand a Farm to School program, register by this Friday, September 21st, for a MI Farm to School Training near you!
Through generous funding from the WK Kellogg Foundation, the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is offering MI Farm to School Training sessions around the state as part of the MI Farm to School Grant Program. To help bring local food into food service programs, this grant program provides farm to school planning and implementation mini-grants to selected school food service professionals at schools/districts AND early child care and education programs with 50% free and reduced rates or greater. Twenty-five MI Farm to School grants were awarded for the 2012/2013 school year, and all grantees will attend the training nearest them. Now we would like to extend the invitation to all Michigan school food service and early child care program providers (regardless of the free and reduced rate of your program/school/district) who are interested beginning or expanding farm to school programs!
The MI Farm to School training dates and locations are as follows:
· Tuesday, September 25th, 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Livingston Educational Service Agency
1425 W Grand River Ave.
Howell, MI 48843
· Wednesday, September 26th, 12:30 – 4:30pm
Grayling Charter Township
2090 Viking Way
Grayling, MI 49738
· Friday, September 28th, 12:30 – 4:30pm
Kent County Office, Michigan State University Extension
775 Ball Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
· Monday, October 1st, 12:30 – 4:30 pm
MSU Detroit Center
3408 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Training topics will include an overview of Michigan Farm to School, how and where to find and purchase Michigan products, meeting the new school nutrition standards with locally-grown food, farm to school food safety, expanding farm to school programs beyond produce and beyond lunch, and more! Light refreshments will be served at each training.
RSVP for any one of these free trainings here - http://tiny.cc/ah7sjw. RSVPs will be accepted on a first come first serve basis as space allows for each training location. Email notices with location information and more detailed agendas will be sent to all registered participants closer to each training date.
Farm to Institution Specialist
Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University
480 Wilson Rd | Rm 303 Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824