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Friday, August 30, 2019

Cultivating Local Farm Economies. Monday, September 9 , 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., North Central Michigan College, Petoskey

Cultivating Local Farm Economies

Planning, zoning, and farm preservation through diversification

Monday, September 9, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

North Central Michigan College

Library Conference Room

1515 Howard St., Petoskey

Faced with serious economic challenges, some local farmers are looking for alternative ways to generate income. In response, local planning and zoning officials are seeking regulations that both serve the public good and support these new revenue-generating activities.
Officials, farmers, and interested residents are invited to learn about regulations and policy "best practices" related to some of the most popular "farm diversification" strategies, including: 


Value-added Opportunities

Conservation Easements


Cost: $20 per participant. Includes light refreshments

2 MCP Credits Available

Register by September 6th:

For more information call or email Larry Dyer: 231-881-2784 or

This program is a collaboration between Michigan State University Extension and the Local Food Alliance of Northern Michigan, with support from Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology,  Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, Little Traverse Conservancy, Emmet County Farm Bureau, Charlevoix County Farm Bureau and Antrim County Farm Bureau, with funding from Michigan Farm Bureau and the USDA Risk Management Agency. The USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Scholarships Available Through Sept. 6 for Farms, Food & Health Conference with Culinary Medicine Training

Please help us spread the word! 

Registration is under way and scholarships are now available for the September 26-29 Farms, Food & Health Conference in Traverse City, Michigan, along with a premier training opportunity in the promising and emerging field of Culinary Medicine.

Apply for scholarships through September 6 on the conference registration page,

Groundwork Center is partnering with Munson Healthcare and the Great Lakes Culinary Institute for the Culinary Medicine Training, which has up to 17.5 CME credits available for physicians, nurses, and dietitians.  

The Culinary Medicine Training track will offer healthcare providers the opportunity to receive immersive continuing medical education trainings in a professional kitchen setting alongside chefs and dietitians to explore local food and culinary skills, and how they connect to the latest in nutrition science and nutrition counseling. This training harnesses the potential of locally grown food to improve the well-being of patients, families, and communities.

National and regional faculty members will be present for networking.

In addition to the Culinary Medicine Training for health practitioners, the broader Farms, Food & Health Conference is open to all, and brings together health practitioners, employers, school teachers, principals, food service directors, poverty reduction advocates, human resource professionals, farmers, and others interested in connecting the dots between health, wellness, and locally grown food. Confirmation for Professional Standards Training Hours for School Nutrition Program Staff is pending. 

See the complete agenda, keynote speaker bios, scholarship, and registration information at

*Please note my email address has changed to

Diane Conners  |  Senior Policy Specialist
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

P   231-499-3937

T   @grndwk

A  148 E Front St, Suite 301  |  Traverse City, MI 49684