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Friday, August 26, 2016

MI Farm to School News

Happy Friday!


It's almost the start of a new school year, and with it comes many opportunities for supporting your farm to school efforts -  including our Regional Farm to School Trainings! Register for one of three trainings in Detroit, Boyne Falls, and Grand Rapids to start your school year off planning for, implementing, or expanding your local purchasing efforts!


The Apple Crunch registration is also open, so start thinking about how to celebrate your Crunch, and help us reach 1,000,000 million regional crunchers!




·         USDA Farm to School Grants reach over 10 million studentsUSDA Food and Nutrition Service

o    Summary of the impacts of the first four years of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program Stay tuned for the 2017 Request for Applications, coming in September!

·         What's your summer story?USDA FNS

o    The Office of Community Food Systems is collecting stories of Farm to Summer programs to highlight in their E-letter! Share your Farm to Summer story by sending it to




·         2016 Michigan Apple CrunchOctober 13, 2016

o    It's time to start planning for your annual Michigan Apple Crunch! Decide on a time, find your apples, and CRUNCH! Register at and follow on facebook for inspiration and new ideas.

·         Regional Farm to School TrainingsOctober 20 – 27, 2016

o    Register for one of three trainings hosted in Boyne Falls, Grand Rapids, and Detroit. Trainings will be an opportunity to identify concrete and practical steps for increasing local purchasing in K-12 schools and early childhood programs.

·         Making MI Recipes Work: A Culinary Training for School Nutrition ProfessionalsOctober

o    This series of hands-on trainings will help school nutrition professionals better utilize Michigan farm fresh produce. Register now

·         Cherry Capital Foods 2016 Food ShowSeptember 28, Detroit, MI

o    This will be a space for you to connect with the vendors who grow and make the Michigan foods Cherry Capital offers.

·         Workshop: Accessing the Best Possible New Owner for your Business: Worker Ownership for Success (see attached) – September 28, Grand Rapids, MI

o    This one-day workshop will provide information for those interested in developing worker owned cooperatives or converting to employee ownership.

·         Webinar: Transforming School Food by Green Teacher – September 27, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

o    Presenters will share different approaches to transforming school food – California Tuesdays and Slow Cookers for Kids projects.


Enjoy your last August weekend – I'll be celebrating summer by gorging on peaches and blueberries.


Thanks for all you do to get good food to Michigan children!


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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