Building the Market for Local Flowers: The Michigan Flower Growers’ Cooperative

It’s a Wednesday morning at the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace and the room is fragrant with fresh, cut flowers overflowing in buckets. There’s dahlias from Luella Acres, zinnias from Fresh Cut Detroit, and eucalyptus from Seeley Farms. Now in its second year, the Michigan Flower Growers’ Cooperative is creating a new model for local flower growers […]

MQT Local Food Fest 2018 Recap

MQT Local Food Fest Statistics •7 Northern Michigan University Hospitality Management Alumni Chefs First Place & People’s Choice Rory Shimp of Spiaggia in Chicago MAD Rabbits Farm, Daggett Second Place Colin Campbell of POUR Kitchen + Bar – Thill’s Fish House, Marquette Third Place Angela Verburg of Harley’s Lounge at the Ramada Inn –Swanzy, Gwinn & […]

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A Farmer’s Diary: Beginning Farmer Institute

When you bring a bunch of farmers together over pizza and beer, there’s a certain magic that happens. On September 9th, after traveling from thirteen different states, nineteen farmers from incredibly diverse backgrounds descended on Washington, DC, for the first session of the 2018-19 National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI). This educational opportunity […]

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NFU Fall Legislative Fly-in and the Farm Bill

The National Farmers Union (NFU) was founded over 110 years ago and advocates for grassroots policy change that supports the welfare of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and consumers. NFU writes, “We promote sustainable production of food, feed, fiber, and fuel and work with our 200,000 member families nationwide to support smart farm policies, educate the […]

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