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Friday, September 18, 2015

Last Day to Register!!! Build connections with local food in schools and early childhood programs!

Final Reminder: Farm to School Trainings 

This year’s Farm to School Trainings are rapidly approaching (starting next week!), and registration closes today!  Farm to school centers around efforts to bring healthy, locally grown food into K-12 schools and Early Childhood program.  Many schools and early childhood programs all throughout Michigan are already engaging in programming that helps connect kids from age 0 to 18 with Michigan grown food – are you one of them? Whether you’re brand new to farm to school or a seasoned expert, working with toddlers or teenagers (or anywhere in between!), this will be a great experience for you to increase your knowledge, meet and collaborate with colleagues developing farm to school efforts throughout the region, and provide you with new skills for beginning or expanding your farm to school programs.  School food service directors, staff, and personnel are especially encouraged to attend, as well as farmers, extension educators, professionals, and curious minds working in or looking to expand into Farm to School efforts.  Register for this free training at:

  • Overview of Farm to School and Farm to Early Childhood
  • Local Food Procurement
  • Building Successful Farm to School Teams
  • Working with Local Farmers / Hoophouses for Health
  • Seasonal Menu Planning
  • Tracking Purchases and Measuring Progress
Dates, Locations, and special guests:
  • CadillacMonday, September 21, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm @ Cadillac Public Library
    • Special Guests: Jenice Momber, Food Service Director at Kaleva Norman Dickson; Erin Caudell, MSU Dept. of Horticulture
  • Detroit: Wednesday, September 23, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm @ Catherine Ferguson Academy
    • Special Guests: Xavier Jaramillo, Food Service Director at Calumet Center; Tyler Vuillemot, Michigan Farmers  Market Association; Ashley Atkinson, Keep Growing Detroit
  • Kalamazoo: Thursday, September 24, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm @ Kalamazoo Valley Community College Groves Center
    • Special Guests: Dan Gorman, Food Service Director at Montague Area Public Schools; Dean McCurdy, KVCC Associate Vice President for Food and Community Sustainability, Mariel Borgman, MSUE Community Food systems Educator
    • Optional drive-by tour of the new KVCC Food Innovation center
  • Chatham: Thursday, October 1, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm @ MSU Upper Extension and Research Center
    • Special Guests: Michelle Walk, MSUE Community Food Systems Educator; Jeanette Cushway, Food Corps Service Member; Erin Caudell, MSU Dept. of Horticulture
    • Optional tour of the North Farm

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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