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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Up-coming Farm to School/Institution Events!



The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, along with a number of community and organizational partners, are happy to provide three Farm to School/Institution networking and learning events. In Grand Rapids and Detroit, we will host Farm to Institution Meet & Greets – free, informal networking events to help farmers and food vendors meet and connect with institutional food buyers, and vice versa.  In Battle Creek, we will offer a Farm to Institution Information Session, with conversation focusing not only on local food purchasing efforts at institutions but also on the local food system and food hubs, with Cheryl Danley, Rich Pirog and Joe Colyn all on hand to speak.


Details follow for each, and flyers with additional details are attached so you can help us spread the word!



Grand Rapids

Farm to Institution Meet & Greet

Offered in partnership with MSU Extension, Kent County

Wednesday, February 27th

3:00 – 4:30 pm

MSU Extension – Kent County Office

775 Ball Ave NE in Grand Rapids

RSVP to me or Garrett Ziegler, MSU Extension, at by Friday, February 22nd




Farm to Institution Meet & Greet

Offered in partnership with Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP), Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS), and Detroit Eastern Market Corporation

Tuesday, March 5th

2:30 – 4:00 pm

The Atrium of the Faculty Administrative Building

Wayne State University

656 Reuther Mall in Detroit

RSVP to me or Michaelle Rehmann, FSEP, at by Friday, March 1st



Battle Creek

Farm to Institution Information Session

Offered in partnership with Good Food BC

Wednesday, March 6th

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Burnham Brook Community Center

200 W Michigan Ave in Battle Creek

RSVP to me or Cheryl Danley, MSU CRFS, at by Thursday, February 28th



We thank all of the partners who helped to pull these events together, and we look forward to seeing many of you at these events to continue to build and strengthen Farm to Institution programs in Michigan!




Colleen Matts

Farm to Institution Specialist | Michigan Lead for National Farm to School Network

Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University

480 Wilson Rd | Rm 303 Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517.432.0310 |


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