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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Fwd: FoodCorps application is open - please help spread the word!


We appreciate your help in spreading the word for our next cohort (Aug'23-July'24) of FoodCorps Service Members. Feel free to share widely. Thank you!




FoodCorps partners with schools and communities to nourish kids' health, education, and sense of belonging. We are currently accepting applications for our next cohort (Aug '23-July '24) of Service Members.

Each year, we have Public Health AmeriCorps Service Members partner with K-12 schools for a full school year teaching kids to grow, cook, and love the nourishing foods that celebrate their cultures and communities—and help schools serve more of those foods, too. FoodCorps recruits talented leaders into full-time, paid public service, where they grow healthy school food environments in diverse communities through hands-on, experiential food education. 

We have two tracks of service:

  • Food Educators work alongside educators to provide kids (pre K - 8) with food education and culturally affirming experiences in the classroom and gardens. This includes hands-on lessons, working in the gardens, doing taste tests to get kids excited about fruits and vegetables and trying new foods, and supporting a school-wide movement around nourishing food by building strong, collaborative relationships with teachers, families, and school administrators.
  • School Nutrition Service Members work at a district level (preK - 12) with school nutrition departments to promote nourishing school food environments. This can include establishing and supporting feedback loops, coordinating student-led advisory groups and collaborating with other service members on school meals related projects. School Nutrition Service Members may contribute to the operational aspect of local procurement efforts, marketing and promotion of these items or support menu development.

We have sites in Michigan (Detroit, Petoskey, Flint, and near Alpena) and throughout the country. Our applications are open through March 27, 2023 for next year's cohort (August '23-July '24). 

Benefits of service in Michigan include a $33,000 stipend paid bi-weekly (this is a full-time, 11 month commitment), a $6,895 Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service, health, dental and vision insurance, as well as student loan forbearance. Please see the attached flyer with more details. 

Here is the link with more details and to apply:

Questions can be directed to

You can also spread the word through Instagram or Facebook

Referral Program: 

We ALSO have a referral program where if you refer someone to apply, and they serve for at least 90 days, you will receive a $250 as a thank you (you can expect this gift typically in Nov-Dec 2023). Please make sure to let anyone know who you are referring to include your name and contact information on the application to be eligible for the referral thank you!

Thank you in advance for your help! 


Seema Jolly | she/her/hers

FoodCorps | Impact & Partnerships Lead, Michigan

(269) 352-6224 (cell) | @foodcorps

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.

Monday, January 30, 2023


Lieber Herr,
Ich habe einen Investor, der 6,8 Milliarden US-Dollar in ein Unternehmen investieren mцchte, das

nur Mittel fьr die Expansion benцtigt. Er kann das Geld nicht in neue Unternehmen investieren,

die grьnden wollen, sondern in Unternehmen, die gute Gewinne erzielen, aber Mittel fьr die

EXPANSION benцtigen.

Seine Schwerpunkte sind Immobilien, Biotechnologie, Textilien, Informationstechnologie,

Pharmazie, Цl- und Energieindustrie, Bergbau- und Metallindustrie,

Unternehmensberatungsindustrie, maritime Industrie, Krankenhaus- und Gesundheitsindustrie,

Verbraucherdienstleistungsindustrie, internationaler Handel und Entwicklung Industrie,

Glьcksspiel- und Kasinoindustrie, Elektro-/Elektronikindustrie, Versicherungsindustrie,

chemische Industrie, Marketing- und Werbeindustrie, Freizeit, Reise- und Tourismusindustrie,

Landwirtschaft, Luftfahrt, Einzelhandel, Import und Export, Handels- und Entwicklungsindustrie,

Immobilien und Bauwesen Industrie und andere realisierbare Investitionsmцglichkeiten wie Ihre.

Wenn Sie einem Unternehmen empfehlen, Darlehen oder Investmentfonds von meinem Kunden, dem

Investor, aufzunehmen, haben Sie und ich Anspruch auf 5 % jedes Betrags, den das Unternehmen vom

Investor erhдlt, aber wenn Sie den Fonds direkt als Unternehmen annehmen, werde ich es sein

Anspruch auf 2,5 % und Sie behalten 2,5 % als Global Finder's Fee ein.
Nach der Unterzeichnung (MOU) findet ein persцnliches Treffen zwischen dem Investor und dem

Beteiligungsunternehmen statt, der (AORI) sollte nicht weniger als 3 % pro Jahr betragen.

Suchen Sie nach einem zuverlдssigen Unternehmen, das eine Finanzierung benцtigt, und wir kцnnen

problemlos 5 % des vom Investor erhaltenen Betrags verdienen, aber wir mьssen bei der

Transaktion absolute Vertraulichkeit wahren, da der Fondsanbieter schweigen mцchte, sodass Sie

es streng vertraulich behandeln mьssen zwischen uns.
Ich benцtige das Unternehmensprofil und die Projektzusammenfassung des Unternehmens, das eine

Finanzierung benцtigt, um es meinem Investor vorzulegen.

Ich freue mich von Ihnen zu hцren.


Dear Sir,
I have investor that want to invest $6.8 Billion into a company that needs fund for expansion

only.He can not invest the money to new Companies that want to start up but into Companies that

has been making good profits but needs funds for EXPANSION.

His Area of concentrations are Real Estate, Biotech,Textiles , Information technology,

Pharmaceuticals , Oil & Energy Industries, Mining &Metals Industry, Management Consulting

Industry ,Maritime industry, Hospital & Health Care Industry, Consumer Services Industry,

International Trade and Development Industry ,Gambling & Casinos Industry, Electrical/Electronic

Manufacturing Industry, Insurance Industry, Chemical industries, Marketing and Advertising

Industry, Leisure, Travel & Tourism Industry, Agriculture, Aviation, Retail, Import and Export,

Trade and development industry, Real Estate & Construction Industry and any other viable

investment opportunities just like yours.

If you recommend a Company to take loan or investment funds from from my client the investor, me

and you will be entitled to 5% of any amount received by the Company from the investor but if

you are taking the fund directly as a company i will be entitled to 2.5% and you will retain

2.5% as Global Finder's fee commission.
There will be a face to face meeting between the investor and the investee after signing (MOU)

the (AORI) should not be less than 3% per annum.

Look for a reliable Company that need funding and we can easily make 5% of the amount received

from the investor but we need to maintain absolute confidentiality in the transaction as the

fund provider want to remain silent, so you have to keep it highly confidential between us.
I will need the company profile and the project summary of the company that will need funding to

present to my investor.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) seeks nominations for 2023 Advisory Committee

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) seeks nominations to fill open seats on the 2023 Advisory Committee!


Since its launch in 2014, MFIN has relied on an advisory committee of Michigan-based farm to institution practitioners  - institutional food service professionals, farmers, and food vendors/suppliers - to apply their experiences to guide and inform its work, including the Cultivate Michigan campaign. By serving in this role, MFIN advisory committee members say they have benefited by Increasing their knowledge of farm to institution, engaging more deeply in related activities, and growing their networks.


Call for Nominations

Nominate yourself or someone else to help guide MFIN's activities in 2023!

Find the nomination form in the call for nominations, and learn more about the responsibilities of this one-year commitment, open seats we hope to fill, and some of MFIN's work and impacts over the years. Submit nominations through the nominations form by 5 pm on Friday, February 3, 2023.


If you're not ready to commit to serving as a MFIN Advisory Committee member, join MFIN to participate as much as you are able.




Colleen Matts


Director, Farm to Institution Programs

Coordinator, Michigan Farm to Institution Network

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems


Friday, January 27, 2023

USDA Value Added Producer Grant workshops

Hi all,

I'm forwarding the announcement below on behalf of MSUE about their Value Added Producer Grant workshops. Please see the details below and contact Wendy Wieland ( with any questions.



Megan McManus 
Farm to Institution Fellow
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems


From: Wieland, Wendolyn <>

Subject: USDA Value Added Producer Grant workshops

Hi Folks,


If you could share this announcement in your communications, on your social media platforms, etc., it would be greatly appreciated. Text, Unsplash photo, and flyer follows/ is attached for your reference.

Event flyer, which has registration link embedded,  can be directly linked from:

Note: USDA considers local food production/ marketing a value-added strategy appropriate for this grant.




The MSU Product Center is hosting a series of free, statewide workshops on the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant. For specific dates, times, and to register, please see:



Wendy Wieland (she, her, hers)

MSU Product Center Innovation Counselor &

MSU Extension Community, Food and Environment Institute

Emmet County MSU Extension

3434 Harbor-Petoskey Road

Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Office: 231-439-8987

Cell: 231-881-6918

F: 231-439-8933

MSU Extension programs and material are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.

Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg–Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. The University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold Michigan State University more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.


Thursday, January 26, 2023

Fw: [NFSN Partners] Upcoming Webinar Series: Culturally Inclusive Teaching in the Garden

Sharing webinar opportunity from KidsGardening

From: Noel Nicholas <>
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2023 4:33 PM
To: NFSN Partners <>
Subject: [NFSN Partners] Upcoming Webinar Series: Culturally Inclusive Teaching in the Garden
Hi Everyone, 

KidsGardening is hosting a new webinar series Culturally Inclusive Teaching in the Garden starting on February 1st. You can learn more by visiting:

Join us for Part 1: Principles of Culturally-Responsive Garden Education: Honoring Diversity and Inclusion on February 1st at 4 PT/ 7 ET.

Through student voices and examples, Dr. Dilafruz Williams and Sheila Williams Ridge will share the principles of culturally responsive garden education that honors diversity and inclusion.

Register Here!

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10 Cents a Meal Webinar Series – Register Today!

10 Cents a Meal Evaluation Report Mini-Webinar Series Begins February 1
Learn more about the 10 Cents a Meal Program and Findings from the Newly Released Evaluation Report
Register today for this upcoming mini-series! 

 This series features five short webinars that explore the 10 Cents a Meal program and share key findings from the recently released report, Expanded Eligibility, Increased Impacts: 10 Cents a Meal 2020-2021 Evaluation Results. These webinars are perfect for 10 Cents grantees, food program managers and staff, and those seeking to support farm to school efforts. Farms and food businesses interested in selling to grantees are also encouraged to attend. 

Registration is now open!

All webinars will be held on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm (except 2/22) and will last for approximately 30 minutes. 

  • February 1, 2023: Introduction to the 10 Cents Evaluation Webinar Series 

  • February 8, 2023: Who is Engaged in 10 Cents? Featuring guest speaker Melanie Wong, Farm to Early Care and Education Specialist at Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities 

  • February 15, 2023: What Foods are Served Through 10 Cents? Featuring guest speaker Colleen Matts, Director of Farm to Institution Programs at MSU Center for Regional Food Systems 

  • March 1, 2023: How Foods Move Through the 10 Cents Supply Chain Featuring guest speaker Lori Yelton, Nutrition Food Management Consultant at Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) 

  • March 8, 2023: The Big Picture: Does 10 Cents Work? Featuring guest speaker Wendy Crowley, Farm to Program Consultant at Michigan Department of Education (MDE) 
2:00-2:30 pm every Wednesday starting February 1st through March 8th (except 2/22)

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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Save the Date! 2023 Michigan Good Food Summit - May 19, 2023 - East Lansing, MI

Save the Date!
May 19, 2023 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

Since 2010, people across the state and country have gathered at the Michigan Good Food Summit to network, share, reflect, and learn about good food work happening in Michigan.

Aligned with the goals and priorities of the Michigan Good Food Charter, the biennial Michigan Good Food Summit aims to advance good food in Michigan by amplifying the stories and connecting the efforts of communities across the state.
Please take a moment to let us know your opinion about how you'd like to engage in discussion at the 2023 Michigan Good Food Summit!

This should take about 5-minutes and would help us provide a better experience!
About the 2023 Michigan Good Food Summit
May 19, 2023 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

Following our virtual 2020 Michigan Good Food Summit, we are excited to host a hybrid event with in-person and virtual registration options. 

This interactive agenda will bring together food systems advocates and practitioners to:

  • Celebrate the publication of the 2022 Michigan Good Food Charter
  • Highlight leaders working toward Michigan's good food future
  • Connect with others to plan for action, collaboration, and next steps

All registered participants will be given access to join the virtual platform, Connect Space, where they will find live streaming, recordings, virtual materials, discussion spaces, and more!

Registration Information: Coming Soon!
Registration and pricing information for in-person and virtual participation will be coming soon! We will continue to offer our regular and flexible pricing structure and a limited number of scholarships will be made available for both virtual and in-person participants. We will have sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities as well! Stay tuned!

Contact Diane Drago if you have questions!
Michigan Good Food and the Michigan Good Food Summit are funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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