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Friday, July 8, 2016

MI Farm to School News

Greetings MI Farm to School Network!


Hope you all had a lovely fourth! I must say, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the colorful explosions happening five feet from my head this weekend (it's illegal to purchase fireworks in MA, so I'm used to very organized and contained fourths of July).


Don't forget, it's the last day to register for the Joint Network Meeting next week! Don't miss this event! There is no cost to register and it comes with lots of opportunities to network, share expertise, and eat delicious food.



·         Last chance to RSVP!! Joint Network Meeting — July 13-14, 2016 — Kalamazoo, MI

o    Registration for this event closes today at 5pm, so RSVP now! 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 at Arcadia Ales, followed by the main joint meeting on July 14th. (See map link for event locations) Attend one or all events to cultivate connections and collaboration across networks! Please visit for the CRFS Events page for meeting plans and registration information or simply follow this link to RSVP. A full agenda and maps will be sent in a confirmation email early next week to those that registered. 

·         Job Opening: Agriscience Teacher and FFA Coordinator at Montague High School

o    Montague Area Public Schools is a rockstar in the farm to school world, and this is an awesome chance to be a part of their team! See the attached position description for more information

·         NFSN Farm to Early Care and Education Group WebinarWednesday, July 13 3:30 – 5 pm

o    This month's webinar will focus on celebrating and connecting with diverse cultures and communities through farm to early care and education initiatives. Practitioners from across the country will share their approaches to incorporating culturally relevant curriculum, resources and programing into their farm to early care and education work.

·         Funding Opportunity: Early Head Start Expansion

o    The administration for Children and Families is awarding funding to expand partnerships between early head start and child care services. This is a GREAT opportunity to incorporate aspects of Farm to ECE into your grant proposal. If anyone needs support in how to do so, please feel free to get in touch with me! Funding is available for:

§  Early Head Start Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnership

§  American Indian and Alaskan Native EHS Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnership

§  Migrant and Seasonal EHS-Child Care and EHS Expansion Partnerships


·         Findings of the 2015 National Food Hub Survey

o    This study out of MSU CRFS in collaboration with the Wallace Center at Winrock International tracks nationwide data on food hubs overtime, and indicates that the food hub model can be financially successful across a variety of legal structures and geographic or consumer markets.

·         Dig into the USDA Farm to School Census Data!

o    This survey, which assessed farm to school practices in 2015, showed some exciting growth in farm to school nation wide. The raw data is now available for all your digging purposes.


And in other news, we are officially in a drought! Stay cool (and hydrated!) this weekend,

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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