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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Re: FW: Southwest MI Farmers: your input requested on KVCC Food Hub plans

Is there a version of this floating through Social Media? There should be. 

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Borgman, Mariel <> wrote:

Farmers and friends, Kalamazoo Valley Community College needs your input to inform food hub and educational program development in Southwest Michigan. See below for details on how to take the brief survey and apologies for cross-postings.


Mariel Borgman

Community Food Systems Educator


MSU Extension at the KVCC Food Innovation Center


From: Rachel Bair []
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2016 5:17 PM
To: Borgman, Mariel <>
Subject: Fwd: Southwest MI Farmers: your input requested on KVCC Food Hub plans


Dear farm and local food systems advocates:

As you may know, Kalamazoo Valley Community College is developing a Food Hub as part of the new Bronson Healthy Living Campus. The Food Hub aims to support the local food supply chain by aggregating produce from Southwest Michigan farms and distributing it to hospitals, schools, and universities in Kalamazoo County. More information on the Food Hub is available on our campus website:

As part of our planning process, we are conducting a survey of local farms to better understand their needs, interests, and crops that they could sell through the Hub. Would you please take the survey? 

If you don't farm in Southwest Michigan, but know someone who does - would you please forward this on?

It is an online survey in two sections. The first section is critical for Food Hub planning and will take about 15 minutes. You will be asked to provide estimates of the percentage of your sales that go through different market channels, such as direct market/CSA, wholesale, and to restaurants, so please have your records available if you need them. The second section asks for your thoughts on other programs the Food Innovation Center could offer, and will take about 10 additional minutes if you choose to fill it out.


Please contact us if you have any questions - call, email, or stop by any time! Our offices are in the KVCC Food Innovation Center, 224 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo.


Thank you! We appreciate your time and are so glad to have your input.


Rachel Chadderdon Bair
Director for Sustainable and Innovative Food Systems 

p: 269.548.3305

c: 734.717.0050

Kalamazoo Valley Community College 
Bronson Healthy Living Campus | Food Innovation Center

224 E. Crosstown | Kalamazoo, MI 49006



In cooperation,
Jeremy Andrews
Sprout Urban Farms, Chief Excitement Officer

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