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Friday, April 1, 2016

Upcoming MI Farm to School Webinars

Please join us for the next two webinars in the MI Farm to School Spring Webinar Series:

Forward Contracting: Plan in advance for farm to school success

Monday April 18, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

By working with farmers to coordinate plantings and deliveries well in advance, schools and early childhood programs can have a more dependable supply of local foods for their meal programs and farmers can have more dependable market outlets.  This webinar will discuss the different ways schools and early childhood programs can use a forward contract when purchasing local foods, how to get started, and the benefits for both farmers and schools and early childhood programs


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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.


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Feel free to email me with any questions!


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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