Feeding Neighbors by Day and Worms by Night: Luis Chen Does It All

Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, Find Local Food, Grand Rapids

Luis Chen is hard at work in Grand Rapids, feeding his community locally sourced produce through the YMCA Veggie Van as the Operations Manager, as well as running his own composting company, Wormies. He enjoys connecting with local farmers and bringing their produce to communities in need, as well as learning about growing healthy food and producing less waste.

State Budget Vetoes Impact Local Food Sourcing for Michigan Schools

Agriculture, Find Local Food, Kelly Wilson, Learn More

Earlier this month, Gov. Whitmer handed out her state budget vetoes. Of the items cut was the 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms program- a nationally respected program that helps Michigan schools source healthy, Michigan-grown food for their cafeterias.

MAEAP Verification is a Worthy Investment for Your Farm

Agriculture, Environment

For this farmer, MAEAP recognition proves he’s doing the right things to keep his farm running for another 100 years

Ron Stadler’s family has been farming since 1896. The family farm sits on 120 acres in Monroe County and has seen its fair share of cash crops and livestock come and go over the years. Nowadays, Ron’s focus is on growing corn, soybeans, and produce. He’s proud to carry on the family farming tradition and does what he can to care for his land, so it stays healthy and productive.

That’s why Ron decided to get involved with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). A voluntary program, MAEAP helps Michigan farmers adopt cost-effective practices that reduce erosion and runoff into ponds, streams, and rivers.