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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Farm to School Training for Producers on Dec. 8 and other events

Learn more about selling to schools 
Registration is now open!
Bringing the Farm to School: A Training for Agricultural Producers to Sell to School Markets
Are you a farmer interested in learning more about selling to school markets? Then this training is for you!

This day-long education opportunity on Thursday, December 8th is designed to provide agricultural producers with training and tools to build their capacity to launch or grow efforts to market to schools. Using a national training with interactive sessions, the team of experienced trainers will also share insights from many years of farm to school work in Michigan.
This training is part of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo (GLEXPO). It is open to any agricultural producers based in the Great Lakes Region, and it will include discussion of some examples, stories, and opportunities from Michigan.

WHEN: Thursday, December 8th from 8 am – 5 pm

WHERE: Great Lakes Fruit Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

REGISTRATION FEE: $65 for single-day (Thursday) registration for this training, or $115 to attend all three days of GLEXPO from December 6 – 8. On-site registration is available.
Thanks to our partners at GLEXPO for hosting this training opportunity! This training is coordinated by the Michigan Farm to Institution Network, led by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems with support from MSU Extension. Training partners include staff members from the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development.
 Join us for the farm to institution event that is right for you!  
Virtual Farmer Workshop: Bringing the Farm to Early Care and Education 
Producers, learn how to sell to early care and education (ECE) settings, such as preschools and child care settings.
When: December 13, 2022 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Virtual event
Registration Fee: This event is free to attend, but registration is required.

ValleyHUB Summit in Kalamazoo 
This event will bring together current and prospective ValleyHUB food hub partners –farmers, institutional customers and more– to meet and learn relevant information around food safety, procurement, funding and more.
When: January 12, 2023 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Kalamazoo Valley Community College Texas Township Campus, Kalamazoo, MI
Registration Fee: $10

Hosted by KVCC ValleyHUB in partnership with MSU Extension and Fresh Systems, LLC
Cultivate Michigan Marketplace Kalamazoo 
Connect through local food at this networking event for institutional food service buyers, farmers, and food suppliers (food hubs, distributors, etc.).
When: January 12, 2023 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) Culinary and Allied Health Building, Kalamazoo, MI
Registration Fee: This event is free to attend, but registration is required.
About MFIN

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) is a space for learning, sharing and working together to get more local food to institutions.
About Cultivate Michigan

In 2014, MFIN launched a local food purchasing campaign designed to help farm to institution programs grow and track progress.

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