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Friday, October 14, 2016


We did it!


Congratulations Michiganders! Along with Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, and Indiana, we hit one million crunches. Michigan took up a hefty share of that too, with over 350,000 crunches. If you have a spare minute today, check out the #MIAppleCrunch and #GreatAppleCrunch posts on facebook (and #midwestapplecrunch, because they joined us too!)! I especially liked MI Farm to School Grantees' snapshots of crunchers at Leelanau Children's Center and the YWCA Kalamazoo, and I attached a fun video of one of the classroom crunches at Mattawan Consolidated Schools (where they also had a Blender Bike making apple smoothies!). We had a great CRFS crunch at the Student Organic Farm and had staff crunching with the Michigan Good Food Fund and at the 10 Cents a Meal Crunch in Traverse City.


Thanks for all that participated in this awesome statewide event to promote Michigan agriculture! We're already scheming to make next year's crunch even bigger…


Here's some news to cap off an exciting week two of National Farm to School Month. What one small step are you taking this month to kick off farm to school efforts?



·         Webinar: Celebrating National Farm to School Month with USDAUSDA

o    Join the School Nutrition Association to learn about resources from the USDA Office of Community Food Systems and how farm to school strategies can boost participation, reduce food waste, and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.



·         My Plate, My StateUSDA Food and Nutrition Service

o    What foods, flavors, and recipes is your state/territory known for, and how do they fit into your healthy eating style? This tool highlights the best and brightest foods and flavors from all states in the nation!

·         Video: Celebrate National Farm to School Month USDA FNS

o    This video is an overview of Farm to School, including results from the census.

·         Farm to school data explorerUSDA FNS

o    You may have seen results from the Census come out several months ago. This allows you to dig deep into the data to find out more local information.



·         The FoodCorps farm to school program in Michigan expands this school yearMSU Extension

o    Spotlight on FoodCorps Michigan and the impact its leaders are having in connecting kids to healthy food in school.

·         Program helps GHAPS purchase local produceGrand Haven Tribune

o    Local piece on farm to school at Grand Haven Area Public Schools, who received funding from the 10 Cents a Meal pilot program.

·         Agriculture Forum: Get crunching on Michigan applesTraverse City Record eagle

o    Kelly Lively highlights the Michigan Apple Crunch!

·         Traverse City Area Public School kids enjoy a locally sourced lunch MSU Extension

o    On Monday, Oct. 10, TCAPS celebrated National School Lunch Week and Farm to School month by featuring local baked chicken, roasted winter squash, and apple crisp.


Happy fall!


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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