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Save the date! Cultivate Michigan Meet the Buyers Event at Great Lakes Expo in Grand Rapids on Dec 6

Hello MI Farm to School,


Please save the date for the Cultivate Michigan Meet the Buyers Event on December 6 at Great Lakes EXPO. More details below.



Join us at this upcoming networking event for farmers and institutional food buyers

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Cultivate Michigan Meet the Buyers Event Returns to the Great Lakes EXPO



This networking event is an opportunity for local and regional food suppliers and institutional food service buyers to connect around local food. 



Save the date for this upcoming Cultivate Michigan Meet the Buyers event in West Michigan! 


Join us at the 2023 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo (GLEXPO) in Grand Rapids for a Cultivate Michigan Meet the Buyers event. This event is being held as part of the annual GLEXPO and is an opportunity for GLEXPO attendees – farmers and food suppliers - to interact with regional buyers, including distributors, institutions, and retailers. We are excited to revive this popular event in partnership with its long-standing host, MIFFS (Michigan Food and Farming Systems)!


Farmers: Several resource providers will also be on hand to share information about current and forthcoming federal and state programs that will have resources and grants available for farmers. 


Institutional Food Buyers: Participation is open to local food buyers of all types and sizes, including institutions such as early care and education sites, public schools, universities and health systems. 10 Cents a Meal grantees are especially encouraged to attend.



Save the date! 

WHAT: Cultivate Michigan Meet the Buyers


WHEN: 4:00-5:30 PM Wednesday December 6th, 2023 during the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market EXPO


WHERE: DeVos Place Exhibit Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Registration information will be coming soon. Please note:


  • Farmers who register to attend GLEXPO (registration opens 10/15) will be able to attend the event on Wednesday, as part of their registration. 


  • A separate registration from Cultivate Michigan will be available for food buyers who would like to attend this event and are not planning to register to attend GLEXPO. Stay tuned for more details! 


This event is brought to you by the Michigan Farm to Institution Network, Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS), Michigan Department of Education, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Special thanks to the organizers of GLEXPO for helping us bring this popular event back to life! 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.  









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The Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) helps people across the farm to institution supply chain learn, connect, and collaborate.

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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