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Friday, April 15, 2016

MI Farm to School News

Hi Folks -

Don't forget, today is the last day to vote in the USDA's One in a Melon contest! Find your school district and VOTE (and get your schools to vote too!). Also, don't miss our webinar on Monday regarding Forward Contracting. Forward contracting can be a great way to ensure you can get the quantity and specifications you need for your food program ahead of time so that your farm to school program is set up for success.

  • Webinar: How to Evaluate Economic Benefits of Local Foods  Thursday April 28, 3:00 pm
    • The authors of a new USDA guide to evaluate the economic impacts of investing in local food systems will discuss the new toolkit. Register at the above link
  • Direct Market Success, Food Safety, and Wholesale Success Training Workshops
    • Funding is available to support Direct Market Success trainings. Training resources can help small and midsize growers effectively market direct to consumers, develop on food safety action plans, navigate new FSMA regulations, become GAP-certified, and market wholesale to larger retail and institutional buyers. For more information contact
  • Webinar: The Produce Safety Regulation – Thursday April 21, 2:00pm
    • Join the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service for updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • Michigan School Wellness Award Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
    • The 2016 School Wellness Award aims to engage schools in creating healthy school environments by establishing School Health Teams, completing the Healthy School Action Tools, and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes. Apply for the award by April 20, 2016!

It's finally spring! Enjoy this weekend and get outside.


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

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