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Monday, September 12, 2016

Re: MI Farm to School News

Apologies for sending the news before it was complete! See below for more news from the last couple weeks and updates:


What better way to celebrate the first Monday of school than with MI Farm to School News! (Unless you started many weeks ago, in which case keep celebrating!)


Two upcoming opportunities. The first is the Farm to School Month and Apple Crunch webinar happening TODAY at 2:30 pm. This webinar will feature yours truly in addition to Kelly Lively from Cherry Capital Foods and Dan Gorman from Montague Area and Whitehall Public School Districts. Sign up to receive the registration link.


Additionally, the first of the regional Farm to School Trainings are next week! We'll be in Boyne Falls on Tuesday September 20, Grand Rapids on Thursday September 24, and Detroit on Tuesday September 27. Make sure to register for this opportunity.


Also, our MI Farm to School Grant Program is off for the 2016-2017 school year. I'm excited to see what this amazing group of grantees does this year, and will look forward to sharing all these stories with you all.




·         Laker, O-G food service receive training from French chefHuron Daily Tribune

o   Great article on a recent farm to school training hosted at USDA Farm to School Grantee Elkton-Pigeon-Bayport School.

·         Back to school with farm to school: tips for nutrition staffMSU Extension

o   No better time to celebrate back to school than with farm to school! This article highlights all the ways you can talk to students about your local purchasing.

·         Returning to scratch cooking in schools: Part threeMSU Extension

o   The third in a series highlighting the Making Michigan Recipes Work training being offered four more times this year in downstate Michigan. This one highlights school-specific tips and techniques to assists in preparing more food from scratch with local ingredients. Catch parts 1 and 2 as well.

·         K-12 Foodservice: Six questions for Kymm MutchLocal Orbit

o   Pioneer of farm-to-school sourcing Kymm Mutch of Milwaukee Public Schools talks about challenges and opportunities in local procurement for K-12 schools.



·         Farm to School Census Webinar RecordingUSDA Food and Nutrition Services

o   This recorded webinar provides an in-depth review of the results from last year's census., including ways the data can be used at the local, state, and national levels to support farm to school efforts

·         MyPlate Guide to School LunchUSDA Food and Nutrition Services

o   This infographic helps highlight ways for families to help children make healthy food and beverage choices at school



·         Meet the Buyers Workshop and ReceptionTuesday December 6, Grand Rapids, MI

o   This event hosted by Michigan Food and Farming Systems is part of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo. This event helps by connecting buyers to regional fruit, vegetable, and other specialty crop producers looking to sell their products.

·           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.

·         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.




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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