Chefs in the Garden: Growing the Community

Agriculture, Eat Local, Emma Beauchamp, Event, Find Local Food

Get your tickets to Growing Hope‘s Chefs in the Garden dinner on October 13! Held on the grounds of their sprawling urban farm, attendees will enjoy a multi-course meal under the hoophouse. This year, area chefs Ji Hye of Miss Kim and Brandon Johns of Grange Kitchen & Bar sponsored the events*. Much of the menus highlights locally grown produce, some of it even coming from the Growing Hope farm.

A Word on Waste: Part III

Find Local Food, Food Waste, Learn More, Mieko Diener, Recipes

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste

We have an extreme problem with inefficiency when it comes to food production across the globe. The resulting excess usage of natural resources has an enormous effect on the environment. As individuals we can take small actions that add up to big improvements. Americans waste about a pound of food per day and fruits and vegetables are some of the most frequently wasted foods. Here are some ways to consider preserving food so it gets eaten instead of tossed. 

Demystifying NE Michigan Food & Farming Entrepreneurship

Agriculture, Economy, Find Local Food, Jobs, Molly Stepanski, Specialty Producers

The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) has been instrumental in facilitating Taste the Local Difference’s growth in NE Michigan over the last three years. This has ultimately resulted in not only building higher demand for local food in the region, but in people realizing the true potential of Sunrise Side ingenuity and innovation. This entrepreneurship is a key factor for the survival of small-scale farming and healthy local food systems in an ever-changing and increasingly complex global economy. 

Crop Spot: Romanesco

Agriculture, Crop Spot, Eat Local, Find Local Food, Mieko Diener

Romanesco hits a sweet spot for me as a nutrition science geek. It is beautiful, nutritious and delicious, but best of all, the chartreuse buds spiral into Fibonacci sequence fractals. What more could you want, except for maybe some ideas on how to prepare it? 

A Word on Waste: Part IV

Agriculture, Authors, Climate Change, Environment, Food Waste

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste

There is no ‘away’ to throw things. When food ends up in landfills it decomposes anaerobically which releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25x more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Since Americans throw away around 150,000 tons of food every day, the effect on climate change is significant. Even when we do all we can to reduce food waste by buying only what we need, storing and preserving foods properly, we still end up with inedible scraps or things that have gone off. Here are some basics on composting to divert waste from the landfill. 

All you need to know about the 2019 MQT Local Food Fest!

Agriculture, Alex Palzewicz, Event, Find Local Food, Upper Peninsula

I sat down with Jesse Huff of Radio Results Network, one of our main sponsors, to discuss this year’s MQT Local Food Fest. After casual greetings, he started off with, “Wow, year three!” I hadn’t really thought about it, but it’s crazy to think about how things have worked out. A simple conversation about getting NMU Hospitality Management together for an event of some kind has spiraled into an annual farm-to-table celebration, honoring and connecting links throughout the Upper Peninsula’s local food system, from farmers to eaters and everyone in-between.

Freshly Milled Flour: Worth the splurge

Agriculture, Find Local Food, Learn More, Mieko Diener

The flour that we typically buy from the store is not usually something we given a second thought to, just a bland, white pantry staple without much character. At least, that’s was how I felt until I worked for a farm that grew and milled fresh, heirloom wheatberries into whole grain wheat flour. It completely changed my perspective on flour. If you love to bake or just want to make something extra special, I urge you to give this whole new sensory experience a try. 

A Word on Waste: Part II

Food Waste, Mieko Diener

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste.

In the previous article I discussed the massive impact food waste has on global greenhouse gas emissions. According to the UN, if food loss and waste were its own country it would rank third, behind the US and China, in global greenhouse gas emissions. The toll on the environment from food waste is staggering, but the upside is that in developed countries like the US, most waste occurs at the consumer level meaning we can actually do something about it.