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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Reminder: MI Farm to School Webinars

Next Tuesday, one week from today, at 2 pm I will be joined by Jenie Farinas of the USDA, Sara Harmon from the Michigan Department of Education, and Doreen Simonds of Waterford Public Schools to discuss strategies around getting local food into summer food service programs. Please join us for this great webinar, and be sure to register ahead of time!

Additionally, if you missed our last webinar on Forward Contracting and developing long term relationships with farmers to support farm to school programs, check it out here:

And if you missed the informational webinar on our MI Farm to School grant Program (applications close on May 11 2016, so you still have time!) you can see the webinar recording here:

Farm to Summer: Incorporating local foods in Summer Food Service Programs

Tuesday May 3, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Summer Food Service Programs can be an ideal time to start looking at local purchasing. At the height of the Michigan farming season, there is more local product available than at any other time in the year. Farmers are often have seconds or bulk surpluses that they are seeking markets for, and what better way to take advantage of those than in your Summer Food Service Program! Join the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems for an interactive and informative webinar covering all things Farm to Summer. Hear about farm to summer programs happening in Michigan, learn how to incorporate local purchasing into your site's meal program, and see how Farm to Summer programs can increase nutritional quality of meals and boost participation rates.

Register for this webinar at


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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