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Monday, April 22, 2019

Upcoming Cultivate Michigan Tour

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network and MSU Extension are excited to announce an opportunity to tour Revolution Farms and Van Eerden Foodservice Distributor. Revolution Farms opened in Fall of 2018 and is the largest commercial aquaponics operation in Michigan. They sell several varieties of lettuce for both retail and wholesale markets and are interested in connecting with local institutions to supply their food service operations. 

Registration Link

Cost: $20 Registration Fee (includes lunch)

The tour schedule will be as follows:

  • 10 a.m.: Meet at Revolution Farms for event introduction and tour of greenhouse and aquaponics facility (2900 76th St, Caledonia, MI 49316)
  • 11:30 a.m.: Travel from Revolution Farms to the Grand Rapids Downtown Market (435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)
  • 12 p.m.: Lunch at the Downtown Market (Lunch will be provided from Tacos el Cunado)
  • 1:15 p.m.: Reconvene at the Market and walk to Van Eerden (650 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 1 block from Market)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Tour Van Eerden Distribution Facility
  • 3 p.m.: Tour Ends
Transportation will not be provided as part of this tour, so carpooling is encouraged where appropriate.

This tour is organized by the Michigan Farm to Institution Network and MSU Extension. The Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) is a space for learning, sharing and working together to get more local food to institutions. We aim to meet the Michigan Good Food Charter goal of 20% Michigan food to institutions by 2020. Through the network, we host a statewide local food purchasing campaign, called Cultivate Michigan, to help Farm to Institution programs grow and track their progress.

About Revolution Farms:
Just off a quiet country road in Caledonia, Michigan, we've created the ideal indoor environment where produce and fish can thrive. Inside the facility is a 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art greenhouse and 35,000 square foot aquaculture and packing house that make up a sophisticated aquaponics system.

Our balanced ecosystem protects and nourishes our crops in all seasons, producing a year-round harvest. That's about 350,000-450,000 pounds of produce and 35,000-45,000 pounds of tilapia every year! 

By blending technology and biology, our facility harnesses natural light and automatically adjusts temperature, wind, shade, and carbon dioxide, fine-tuning our produce to perfection.

About Van Eerden Foodservice:
Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, Van Eerden Foodservice still remains focused on the business principles and values first established by Andrew Van Eerden back in 1920. Committed to a philosophy of "Service First", Van Eerden Foodservice looks at situations from the customer's point of view, understanding that real solutions will provide the customer with what they need to succeed in their business.

If you have any questions about the tour please reach out to Garrett Ziegler with MSU Extension @

Garrett Ziegler
Community Food Systems and Sustainable Tourism Educator
MSU Extension, Community, Food and Environment Institute

MSU Extension at the Downtown Market
109 Logan St. SW
Suite B102
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Office: 616.608.7436
Cell: 814.777.3562
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