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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

LAST CALL FOR RSVPs! Joint Network Meeting, Reception & Tours: July 13 & 14, 2016

Registration for this event closes Friday, July 8th at 5pm, so register now!!!

Get your network on!


Join us for the second joint meeting of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) and the Michigan Food Hub Network. This summer, partners from Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) will host us and share emerging and innovative work at the new Bronson Healthy Living Campus. This unique event will span two days in beautiful downtown Kalamazoo, with afternoon walking tours and networking reception on July 13th, followed by the main joint meeting on July 14th. Attend one or all events to cultivate connections and collaboration across networks! Full meeting agenda, maps and additional detail will be sent in a confirmation email to those that registered. Stay tuned…


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

  •  2 pm – Walking tours of KVCC’s new Food Innovation Center and Culinary & Allied Health Building, and Bronson Hospital’s food service program
  • 5 pm – Networking reception at Arcadia Ales in Downtown Kalamazoo! Tasty local treats will be served… 


Thursday, July 14, 2016

  • The full meeting program from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm will include what’s happening in the the Kalamazoo area food system, the latest food safety news, incubator kitchens and their role in meeting demand for processed local foods, and opportunities to source and market Michigan products through Cultivate Michigan featured foods. Coffee and lunch will be provided (note: breakfast will not be served!) Registration is required.

Please follow this link to register for this two day event, or visit the CRFS Event Page for more information.

** For overnight lodging there is a block of rooms reserved at the Kalamazoo Radisson. Use the group name “MSU Network Meeting” when you make your reservation over the phone. (Discounted rate is $140/ night) Reservations must be made BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (July 6th) to be guaranteed the group rate. Several other options are available in downtown Kalamazoo including a Comfort Inn.

We hope to see you there!

The Planning Committee,

Colleen Matts – MFIN, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
Lindsey Scalera — MFIN, Ecology Center
Noel Bielaczyc — MI Food Hub Network, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
Rich Pirog — MI Food Hub Network, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
Marty Gerencer — MI Food Hub Network, Morse Marketing Connections, LLC
Rachel Chadderdon Bair — KVCC Food Innovation Center
Mariel Borgman — MSU Extension

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