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Friday, August 7, 2015

MI Farm to School News

Happy Friday ‘ganders!

So many exciting things this week, including the release of Cultivate Michigan’s summer product guide (spoiler alert: it’s peppers!) as well as a reminder about some events coming up around Farm to School month in October!


Cultivate Michigan spotlighted the success of the joint Michigan Food Hub Network and Michigan Farm to Institution Network meeting from two weeks ago.  If you missed it, make sure to read this!

If you haven’t been following what’s been happening in Oregon, here’s another piece highlighting the expanded funding for Farm to School in Oregon.


The featured product for Cultivate Michigan’s summer guide has been released to the public!  This season, they’re highlighting peppers in all their glory – purple, green, red, orange, sweet, and hot!  They’ve released their purchasing guide and marketing materials, so we encourage you to use them for your Farm to School programs and menus.
  • Don’t forget!  This coming Friday is the Cultivate Michigan Pepper Farm Tour in Eastern Michigan!  If you’re in the area, join us and check out two of the nearly 1,500 pepper producers in Michigan!  I’ll be there, so be sure to grab me and introduce yourself if you come!
  • Last year at this time Cultivate Michigan was highlighting another one of my favorite Michigan products: Blueberries!  Previous purchasing guides can be used for many years to come, and help provide a lot of ideas, resources, and tools for incorporating Michigan products into your menu.

Farm to School month events: Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch and Midwest Menu Event
If you didn’t see the announcement earlier this week about the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch (supported in Michigan by Cherry Capital Food) and the Midwest Menu Event, be sure to check them out, sign up, catch the webinar, and use all forms of social media and the Michigan hashtags (as well as the regional ones!) to spread the word: and #MIAppleCrunch 

That’s all for this week!  And remember, any news, resources, upcoming events, or great Farm to School programming you’d like me to highlight in future MI Farm to School news, send ‘em my way!

Abby Harper
Farm to School Specialist
Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University
480 Wilson Rd | Rm 309 Natural Resources Building East Lansing, MI 48824
(p) 517.432.4525 (c) 857.600.6921

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