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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Re: Upcoming events

Hi Colleen,

Allow me to introduce Will Farkas, our new Kitchen Team Leader.  He has been a nutrition educator for the past 3 years and is a trained chef with a degree in institutional management as well as a passion for good nutrition, food and practices.  


I have accepted a new role at GISD as Head Start Registered Dietitian – Full Time.


Thank you.





Marian Keenan, MSA, RD

Registered Dietitian – Head Start

Kitchen Team Leader


Office Location

5075 Pilgrim Road

Flint MI  48507-3493


Mailing Address:

Genesee Intermediate School District

2413 W. Maple Avenue

Flint, MI  48507


Office Phone:  (810) 591-5134

Fax:  (810) 591-4940


Please be advised that effective June 27, 2014, all GISD facilities will be closed on Fridays.   This initiative is part of a continuing effort to substantially reduce energy costs for the district.  The district’s summer business hours will be:  Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.   The four-day summer schedule will end on Friday, August 15, 2014.   The district will resume its regular schedule, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, August 18, 2014.


Free or low-cost health coverage for children under the age of 19 or pregnant women of any age.  Call the MI Child and Healthy Kids hotline at 1.888.988.6300 or apply online at


From: Matts, Colleen [mailto:matts@ANR.MSU.EDU]
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:05 AM
Subject: Upcoming events



Here are a number of upcoming Farm to School and Farm to Institution-related events that may be of interest:


USDA Farm to School Information Session

with Vanessa Zajfen, Farm to School Regional Lead, Midwest

USDA Food and Nutrition Service


Thursday, September 25, 2014

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Michigan State University

Natural Resources Building Rm 338


Or join by webinar at the appointed time at and 1-888-394-8197, Participant Code 405500 for audio.


This free information session is sponsored by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and the Michigan Farm to Institution Network. 



How to Join Cultivate Michigan Webinar

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Institutional food service directors and buyers, join us for a guided tour through the new Cultivate Michigan website and Dashboard.

A project of MFIN, Cultivate Michigan is a statewide local food purchasing campaign targeting institutions, including K-12 schools, hospitals, colleges/universities, early childcare and education settings and long-term care facilities. The campaign and website are designed to provide institutional food buyers with resources to help ramp up their efforts and track purchases of Michigan foods through a personalized Dashboard. By combining this data on the back end, we can better understand and explain the statewide impacts of local food purchases by institutions of all types.

Speakers are Hillary Bisnett & Alyson Oslin of the Ecology Center and co-coordinators of MFIN, and Kathryn Colasanti, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and chair of the MFIN Impacts subcommittee.

For webinar and call information, please use this link to register.


Michigan Green Healthcare Conference

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Grand Rapids


Attendees will learn from healthcare experts how the promotion of sustainability initiatives is essential to the improvement of human and environmental health. Registration is available through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Information regarding lodging is also available online.



Food, Farms and Health event

Friday, October 10, 2014

Traverse City

Offered by the Michigan Land Use Institute

This free day-long event will include lightning talks, breakout sessions, a locally-sourced lunch, and ample networking opportunities. Registration is required, and space is limited. Register by October 1st. Find more information here.



Cultivate Michigan Apple Tour: Blake’s Orchard

Friday, October 17, 2014

10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Armada, MI


Apple season has begun! Apples are Cultivate Michigan's featured food for winter. Join us on Friday, October 17, for a tour of Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill in Armada, an historic family farm. This tour is free and open to all Farm to Institution practitioners, farmers, suppliers, advocates, supporters and researchers. Lunch will be provided. Please register by Friday, October 10 using this link. 



Save the Date: Michigan Farm to Institution Network Meet Up

Monday, October 27, 2014

1:30 – 4:30 pm

Lansing, MI


This afternoon meeting in advance of the 2014 Michigan Good Food Summit will allow us to continue conversations we began at the Michigan Farm to Institution Network Launch event in April 2014. The session will be facilitated by the MIFFS Facilitation Team and will include network and Cultivate Michigan updates, and conversations around featured foods for 2015 and regional connections. Registration and more details are coming soon!




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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