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Register now! Cultivate Michigan Marketplace in Kalamazoo on January 12

Cultivate Michigan Marketplace in Kalamazoo, MI on January 12
This networking event is an opportunity for farmers, food suppliers, and institutional food service buyers to connect around local food. 
Register by December 30, 2022 to attend the Cultivate Michigan Marketplace Kalamazoo! These regional marketplace events are unique in that they focus on meeting the needs of institutional food service buyers by networking with farmers and local food suppliers to find the right fit.

Who should participate? 

  • 10 Cents a Meal grantees in Southwest Michigan and schools and ECE sites interested in applying to participate in 10 Cents a Meal in the future. 

  • Other institutional food service buyers - including schools, hospitals, colleges, senior facilities - interested in purchasing local food products from farmers and vendors in their region.  

  • Farmers and food suppliers interested in selling local foods to institutional food buyers in the region. Farmers, food hubs, processors and distributors of any scale are welcome. Not all institutions use products developed by food makers (such as pre-made desserts, canned salsa, etc.), so it is important to consider if your products are right for a Marketplace event. 

How the event works: 

It’s a mix between speed-dating and a trade show! Each event is regional in scope and intended for institutional buyers, farmers, and food suppliers of all scales. At the event, institutional buyers will be stationed at tables around the room, and suppliers will rotate to meet with buyers of their choice. Light refreshments will be provided along with plenty of time to mix and mingle!

This event is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. The deadline to register is December 30, 2022.  Register at

More regional Cultivate Michigan Marketplace events will be coming in 2023. If you’re not located in Southwest Michigan, stay tuned for more information about an event near you!
This event is brought to you by the Michigan Farm to Institution Network, Michigan Department of Education and local hosts MSU Extension Community Food Systems and Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) ValleyHUB. This event is made possible through a MDARD Specialty Crop Block Grant and generous funding from the W.K .Kellogg Foundation. The Michigan Farm to Institution Network is coordinated by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems with support from MSU Extension.  

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 12th, 2023


KVCC Culinary and Allied Health Building: 418 E Walnut St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Register to participate by Friday, December 30th. It is free for both institutional buyers and food suppliers to attend, but space is limited and 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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