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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Michigan Farm to Institution Network Launch on April 3rd!

(Apologies for cross-posting)



Registration for the Michigan Farm to Institution Network Launch closes on Friday, March 28th so please register this week if you plan to join us at the event in Lansing on April 3rd!


Kyle Guerrant, Director of the Office of School Support Services at the Michigan Department of Education, will be a featured speaker, and a number of Farm to Institution practitioners from around the state will share their stories. See our latest newsletter below for the link to register, as well as other related news and events.


I hope to see you there!


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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Michigan Farm to Institution Network


March 2014





Join us at the launch of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network on April 3!

There are only two weeks until the launch! Register today!

The event will take place in Lansing on Thursday, April 3 from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, with a Farm to Institution Marketplace Reception immediately following. The fee for the launch event is $25 and includes admission to the reception. The fee is $10 to attend only the reception. Come celebrate Michigan's rich history of Farm to Institution programs to date and contribute to developing strategic solutions to the challenges that remain!

Please visit to register or to learn more about the event. Registration will close Friday, March 28.

MFIN is now on Facebook!

You can now visit the Michigan Farm to Institution Network on Facebook!  'Like' our page and then help spread the word about MFIN by sharing it with your friends and promoting it through your own social media!

Call for Photos

Do you have photos depicting farm to institution initiatives in Michigan? We are looking for photos that can be used by MFIN for our new website, on future print materials and just to have on hand for general purposes. Please send photos to Photos that feature clearly identifiable individuals can only be used with their permission. Please contact Alyson for more details.

In the News

Cherry Capital Foods Wins Small Business Award
Article from the Traverse City Record Eagle

The Michigan Small Business Development Center named Cherry Capital Foods the best small business in Northwest Michigan for 2013, one of the 12 best in the state. Cherry Capital Foods is a food distribution company that helps Michigan restaurants, schools and grocery stores source local products by representing numerous state farmers and food producers so those businesses don't have to deal with a different farmer for each food.  Read the full article.

FoodCorps Service Program: Changing the school food environment
By Terry McLean, Michigan State University Extension

FoodCorps is a national service organization that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. In its third year nationally (2014), 125 FoodCorps service members and 15 FoodCorps Fellows are making a difference at 108 sites across 15 states! They expand hands-on nutrition education programs, build and tend school gardens, and bring high quality local foods into school cafeterias, activities which exemplify the FoodCorps program pillars of service: knowledge, engagement and access.

Seven FoodCorps service members are currently located around Michigan in 5 locations: Crim Fitness Foundation in Flint, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network in Detroit, Wayne State University Center for School Health in Detroit, Michigan Land Use Institute in Traverse City, and Chippewa County MSU Extension in Sault Ste. Marie.  Read the full article.








Good Food Matters: Come to the Table

Presented by Good Food Battle Creek

March 29, 2014
Doors open at 8:30 AM
Calhoun Area Career Center, Battle Creek, MI

Click here for details.

Michigan Farm to Institution Network Launch Event and Marketplace Reception

April 3, 2014
10 AM - 7:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, 925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing, MI 48917

Click here for details and to register for the event.




About MFIN



The Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) is a space for learning, sharing and working together to get more local food to institutions. We aim to meet the 20% by 2020 goal of the Michigan Good Food Charter.

MFIN is co-coordinated by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and the Ecology Center.




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