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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Announcing the winners of the 2019 Cultivate Michigan Awards

Three Michigan institutions reach milestones for local food purchasing
Colleen Matts, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems: 517-432-0310,
Kathryn Colasanti, MSU Center for Regional food Systems: 517-353-0642,
LANSING, MI – Three Michigan institutions are well on their way to sourcing 20% Michigan foods by 2020. They were recognized with Cultivate Michigan awards on November 20, 2019 at the Michigan Farm to Institution Network Gathering at the Lansing Community College West Campus.
Cultivate Michigan is a statewide local food purchasing campaign that helps farm to institution programs grow. To be considered for awards, Cultivate Michigan member institutions must have submitted food purchasing data for at least three of four quarters in 2018 and reached at least 5% Michigan purchases of their total food spending. Awards are given out for 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% Michigan food purchases.

One senior program and two school districts are the second set of Cultivate Michigan awardees:

  • Friendship Centers of Emmet County for 10% local food purchasing.
  • West Ottawa School District for 15%.
  • Zeeland School District for 15%.
Each institution will receive a framed poster and a financial award for food service equipment to help with their continued local food purchasing efforts.

These are the first Cultivate Michigan awards for West Ottawa School District and Zeeland School District. Both districts also participated in the 10 Cents a Meal program in the 2018-2019 school year. 10 Cents a Meal helps schools to purchase and serve more Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables and dry beans. It is a state-funded match incentive reimbursement program. At this time, 10 Cents a Meal remains unfunded for the 2019-2020 school year.

This is the second Cultivate Michigan 10% award for Friendship Centers of Emmet County.

“We are happy that our Farm to Senior Program is sustainable and are looking for ways to increase our purchase of fresh local food,” said Christine Scott, Health Services Director at Friendship Centers of Emmet County. She added, “I appreciate the good work you [at MFIN] do with institutions to promote Michigan-grown foods!”

All three institutions sourced local foods through broadline and dairy distributors and a food hub. Two also purchased directly from a farm and farm cooperative. 

To date, 79 institutions and 9 other businesses have joined Cultivate Michigan. These institutions include early care and education programs, K-12 schools, hospitals and health care systems, colleges and universities and senior facilities. More than two-thirds of participating institutions (54) are schools and school districts. Members also include 13 hospitals and health systems and three publicly funded universities.

“Cultivate Michigan awards are a great way for us to recognize leaders in the ongoing work to get more Michigan foods to Michigan institutions,” said Colleen Matts, Farm to Institution Specialist at the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and coordinator of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN), which manages Cultivate Michigan.

The network and the Cultivate Michigan campaign launched in 2014 to support institutions in reaching the 20% by 2020 goal set forth by the 2010 Michigan Good Food Charter. This week, some of its more than 650 members and supporters gathered to celebrate, network and inform the future direction of MFIN and Cultivate Michigan beyond 2020.

“After five years, the Michigan Farm to Institution Network has great energy and momentum behind it. We want to learn from our members, especially food service professionals, farmers and food suppliers, how we can continue to grow and best serve them in the coming years,” Matts said.
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems advances regionally rooted food systems through applied research, education, and outreach by uniting the knowledge and experience of diverse stakeholders with that of MSU faculty and staff. Our work fosters a thriving economy, equity, and sustainability for Michigan, the nation, and the planet by advancing systems that produce food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable. Learn more at and connect on Twitter and Facebook: @MSUCRFS.

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network is coordinated by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems with support from MSU Extension. For more information about the network, visit and or contact
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Michigan Family Farms Conference Awards Nominations

Hello Farm to School!

The Michigan Family Farms Conference is seeking nominations for the conference awards, and I know you are all connected to some pretty amazing folks. Please consider submitting a nomination or sharing this with your networks so we can make sure to recognize a Farmer of the Year, Food System Leader of the Year, and Courageous Catalyst at the 2020 conference. Nominations can be for groups as well, not just for individuals.

You can submit nominations using the google form:

You can also access it from our website:

Here are descriptions of the awards:

Farmer of the Year:
This award recognizes a farmer(s) who have put their heart and 110 percent of their time and effort into their farming enterprises and their communities, are leader among small-scale farmers and incorporate the best management practices of agriculture entrepreneurs.

Dr. LeRoy Ray, Jr. Award, Food System Leader
This award recognizes a Food System Leader who also is working within their community to teach their community, challenge their community members to reach their full potential, and to recognize the daily passion this food system leader has that is bringing about positive change in their community.

Morse Brown Award, Courageous Catalyst:
This award recognizes an individual who is courageous, daring, bold, gutsy, spirited, plucky, audacious, dauntless, fearless...not deterred obstacles. And who is a catalyst promoter, facilitator, stimulator, organizer, advocate, activist, sponsor, supporter...a person whose talk, enthusiasm, or energy and causes others to be more friendly, enthusiastic, or energetic.

Let me know if you have any questions!

John McCarthy

MIFARMTOSCHOOL is a listserv that links farm-to-school stakeholders and practitioners in Michigan, from school food service directors and school administrators to growers and distributors. Content posted to MIFARMTOSCHOOL does not necessarily reflect the views of Michigan State University or the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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Monday, November 11, 2019

10 Cents Survey Opportunity: Wednesday Deadline

Good morning friends, 

Just a note that the deadline for this survey is end of day Wednesday, Nov. 13. 

I hope you can take a moment to complete this short, 14-question survey to help Groundwork Center evaluate communication efforts around 10 Cents a Meal, Michigan's state program that helps schools put locally grown produce onto the cafeteria plates of our children—and hopefully soon early child care centers as well.
It's an important time for 10 Cents. We want to make sure our communications are effective. Please fill out this short survey to let us know what is working well and, just as importantly, anything else that would help you know more about 10 Cents and be able to share information about it with others. Completing the survey also will enter you to win $50! Let your voice be heard—click this link now.

Thanks so much,


*Please note my email address has changed to

Diane Conners  |  Senior Policy Specialist
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

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