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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Virtual Farm Tour of Siegler Dairy Farm on 9/22/22!

Join Milk Means More on September 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. for a 45-minute live tour of Siegler Dairy Farm in Michigan. Farmer Kip will discuss how he takes care of the cows, calves, land and community. Students will see the full crop cycle, from planting to harvest, along with the tractors and equipment used on the farm.  


Teachers can register to join the tour through Zoom and will receive updates and reminders. The virtual farm tour will also be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Visit Milk Means More for more information.   


* This tour is geared towards 3rd -5th grade students.


Hope you can join us!




Amiee Vondrasek

Youth Wellness Manager

United Dairy Industry of Michigan

C: (517)342-4393


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

New Farm to ECE Survey report briefs available now

New Farm to ECE Survey briefs available now
The National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems are happy to share two new research briefs in our series from the 2021 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey:

These briefs focus on farm to ECE practices, as well as motivations and barriers to participation.

Farm to ECE practitioners, partners, and supporters can use these resources to start conversations and build awareness among their networks. 

Why Farm to ECE?

The top motivations for starting and continuing with farm to ECE included:
  • improving children’s health,
  • providing children with experiential learning,
  • supporting local farmers and local economy, and
  • teaching children where food comes from and how it’s grown.

The full series of report briefs explores the state of farm to ECE and opportunities to continue making progress, and includes:

  • Background and Methods
  • Farm to ECE Reach
  • Participation and Practices
  • Why Farm to ECE
  • Local Purchasing (coming soon!)
  • COVID-19 and Farm to ECE (coming soon!)
Explore all of the briefs here 
Explore and share this resource with your networks! 

For more information, contact Meagan Shedd at

Learn more about the National Farm to School Network at

Find out more about Farm to ECE in Michigan at 
Funding for this resource comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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Forward this message and share on social media. Tag @MSUCRFS and @farmtoschool on Facebook and Twitter. 

Improving children's health is a top reason why childcare providers participate in #FarmtoECE, according to @farmtoschool and @msucrfs national survey. See what the other top motivations were at 

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Join the MI Good Food Charter Council & Summit Planning Committee!

Hello everyone!

The Michigan Good Food Charter Council and Summit Planning Committees are seeking committee members from a diverse set of cross-sector food system perspectives and backgrounds!

The 2022 Michigan Good Food Charter was developed through a multi-year collaborative process involving representatives from over 150 Michigan agriculture, food, health, education, and governmental organizations. Now that the updated Charter has been published, we are re-establishing our coordination body to support the implementation of the Charter recommendations and planning for a summit for next year.

We are seeking nominees for the following committees that will make up the MI Good Food Charter Council:

  • Coordinating Committee - help us decide how we work together

This committee will design membership, governance, decision-making processes, and outreach and engagement methods that support the implementation of the Michigan Good Food Charter over the next 5-10 years. 

  • Policy Action Working Group - help develop a statewide food policy voice 

This working group will help develop a policy prioritization process, identifying existing policy action leaders and helping build a coalition around policy action related to the charter. 


  • Shared Measurement Committee - help measure progress toward our collective vision

This committee will complete the selection of long-term indicators of progress and help develop the plan to gather data and share progress toward our vision and results statements.

We are also seeking nominees for the:

  • Summit Planning Committee - Help set the stage for another successful 10 years of good food in Michigan.

      We plan to host a hybrid virtual/in-person summit in early spring of 2023. The theme is tentatively, "making Michigan good food work!" We are seeking planning       committee members to help us design this very interactive and exciting event which will serve as the "hard launch" for the 2022 Michigan Good Food Charter. 

      We welcome both previous committee members as well as new folks!

Please complete the application forms below by September 21, 2022 to nominate yourself or another person to join the Michigan Good Food Charter council committees and summit planning committee, respectively. 

MI Good Food Charter Council Committees 

MI Good Food Summit Planning Committee :

Thank you so much for all you do for Michigan food and farming communities! Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Jordan Lindsay
Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Grassroots Organizing Fellow 

Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University