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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Seeking Evaluation Services for Michigan Farm to School project



We are requesting proposals for the evaluation component of the Michigan Farm to School (MI FtS): Digging In and Taking Root project, a partnership between the Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems, the MSU Department of Horticulture and the Michigan Farmers Market Association with funding provided by the WK Kellogg Foundation. This four-year project (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2018) integrates MI FtS and Hoophouses for Health programs in an innovative, coordinated initiative to respond to great opportunities in both food production and institutional markets, including early childcare and education (ECE) programs. Through this project, we will help link vulnerable children from ECE programs through K-12 schools to the Michigan food system, expand good food production and infrastructure, and contribute to a coordinated, statewide effort to ramp up and track local food purchases by institutions to reach the Michigan Good Food Charter (Charter) goal of sourcing 20% of food locally by 2020. See the attached request for proposal for additional details on project activities and evaluation questions, scope of work, deliverables, requirements and preferences of evaluation consultant(s) and available budget.


To be considered for this evaluation project, please send by email to Colleen Matts (, project director and Farm to Institution Specialist, a detailed proposal including an itemized budget, three references of individuals/organizations with whom you have completed recent evaluation project(s) and at least one evaluation report to serve as a writing and evaluation sample. The deadline to submit proposals for consideration is 8 am on Monday, November 17th, 2014. Selected candidates/teams will be notified for interviews to be scheduled for early December 2014 in East Lansing to determine final selection.





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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