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Thursday, January 21, 2021

FW: IMPORTANT Questions for Michigan Farmers - $20 gift card for first 200 respondents

Greetings Michigan farmers and food producers,


Please see the request below from a Chicago-based partner related to research project and forthcoming market opportunities in the Chicagoland area. Follow the survey link below to provide information if you wish. And feel free to share within your Michigan networks!


Thank you for your consideration,


Colleen Matts

(she, her, hers)

Farm to Institution Specialist

Coordinator, Michigan Farm to Institution Network

Core Partner, National Farm to School Network

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems | 517.432.0310 | |


In response to the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems team members are working remotely and refraining from travel or attending in-person meetings. Our response time may be a bit slower than normal due to family and community responsibilities. 



From: Weslynne Ashton <>
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:31 AM
Subject: IMPORTANT Questions for Michigan Farmers - $20 gift card for first 200 respondents




We are reaching out to you as a key member of the Michigan farming community and an important contributor to our regional food systems. 


The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us how critical local farming is to the resilience to our regional food systems. We are a team of researchers mapping the contributions of local farmers and food producers to the Chicagoland food system (those located within 300 miles of the city, including Michigan). Through our work, we hope to identify new market opportunities and sales channels for locally produced food from businesses like yours. 


We would greatly appreciate it if you could take ~10 minutes to complete a survey to understand what "Good Food" practices farmers, like you, are employing and the challenges you face. 


As a token of appreciation for your time, we are offering a $20 gift card to the first 200 people who complete the survey.


Thank you!


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