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Friday, April 29, 2016

MI Farm to School News

Happy Friday!

Hope everyone is enjoying those April showers as we are in mid Michigan! Lots of great opportunities coming up, including the MI Farm to School Grant Program and the School Nutrition Programs Annual Conference in June. Be sure to jump on them!

  • MI Farm to School Grant Program – Deadline May 11
    • There are two weeks left to apply for the 2016-2017 grant year! View the informational webinar for more information.
  • Institutional & Wholesale Markets: A Northeast Lower Michigan Workshop for Farmers – Monday May 9 1-3 pm, Hillman, MI
    • This free workshop will cover the basics of selling farm products to schools and other institutions and how to make it a profitable component of your market mix. Please register here.
  • SNP Annual June Conference – Registration Now Open! - June 20-22, 2016, Lansing, MI
    • This year's theme is "Vote YES for Child Nutrition Programs!" There's lots of great Farm to School sessions on the agenda. For more details including a link to register, please see the Registration Memo.
  • Register today! National Farm to Cafeteria Conference – June 2-4, Madison WI
    • There's still time to be a part of the only national gathering of farm to institution stakeholders from across the country! Registration closes May 16.
  • MI Farm to School Webinars
    • Don't miss the Farm to Summer webinar coming up Tuesday May 3 from 2 – 3 pm to learn the benefits of using local in summer food service programs. Register here.
    • If you missed our previous webinar on Forward Contract, you can access the recording here.
  • USDA offers new resource to help food hubs improve financial performance – USDA
    • The new report, Running a Food Hub: Assessing Financial Viability, provides modules and best practices for food hubs to maximize profits and control costs
Have a great weekend!

Abby Harper
Farm to School Specialist
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824
(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Whole Farm Planning workshop in Petoskey, Wednesday, May 4

Whole Farm Planning workshop in Petoskey on Wednesday May 4th


Register here

Or call 231-348-6613 to register or use the attached registration form and email or phone/fax it to 231-348-6705.

Whole Farm Planning for Farmer Well-Being

Date and time: Wednesday, May 4, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Cost: $15, or $20 for both workshops

Location: North Central Michigan College, SCRC 536, 1515 Howard St., Petoskey, MI 49770

Presenter: Larry Dyer, Holistic Management® Certified Educator


Farming is a complex, risky business and we want it to be both profitable and create a desirable way of life. Holistic Management® Whole Farm Planning can help farmers integrate the production, environmental, financial and social elements of their farm to create their desired quality of life.


This workshops is presented in a collaboration between North Central Michigan College (NCMC) and Crosshatch, with funding from a USDA Risk Management Agency grant and sponsorship by Holistic Management International (HMI).


For other great learning opportunities at NCMC, Crosshatch and HMI visit:



--   Larry Dyer  231-881-2784