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Farm Bill: The Time to Act is Now

Economy, Environment, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson

The Farm Bill is a large piece of legislation that is renewed every 5 or so years. It includes funding for a wide range of programs (SNAP, crop insurance, conservation, local food promotion, farmer training, and more) that impact everyone in the United States. This year, The Farm Bill is up for renewal and its current draft would fail family farmers and ranchers, hungry Americans, and the environment. It is important that we all take the time to reach out to our Congress people and ask them to support a stronger Farm Bill for farmers, ranchers and consumers.

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Washtenaw County: Market Season is Here!

Economy, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson, Southeast Michigan

Spring has officially sprung and that means it is time to hit the farmers markets! Southeast Michigan boasst a large number of farmers markets and 15 of these are in Washtenaw County. As you plan your spring and summer schedule, make sure to include visits to the Washtenaw County Farmers Markets. You can find more details about these markets at washtenawmarkets.org.

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Radiant Radish Recipes

Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Kelly Wilson, Recipes

From purple Amethyst and white and spicy Daikon to long and tender D’Avingnon and the show stopping pink and green Watermelon Radish, a variety of radish colors and flavors will meet you this month at the market. These tender spring treats are great dipped in hummus or shaved on a salad, but also offer an array of other culinary possibilities. Read on for inspiration on unique ways to add radishes to your spring table.

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Is Your Farm FSMA Compliant?

Economy, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Health, Kelly Wilson, Learn More

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. The goal of this legislation is prevent contamination of food produced in the United States before foodborne illness outbreaks occur. The Produce Safety Rule of FSMA has huge implications for many growers across the state. This year, compliance of the full rule will be enforced for farms grossing $500K or more. Smaller farms have until 2019 or 2020 to comply with rule, depending on their income.

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It’s CSA sign-up season!

Economy, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson, Southeast Michigan, Spring

The return of the longer days, bouts of sunshine, and the pop of crocus and snowdrops have signaled that spring is here. If you’re like me, you’re dreaming of your garden and the tastes of fresh, local produce. To ensure that you have consistent access to these flavors, and the upcoming seasonal bounty, consider signing up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

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Fighting Food Waste One Plate at a Time

Food Waste, Get Involved, Health, Kelly Wilson

Did you know that nearly 40% of the food produced in the United States ends up in the landfill? And about 95% of this discarded food ends up in landfills or combustion facilities where it contributes significantly to greenhouse gas production. If global food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the U.S. and China (1). Crazy, right?!

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Transplants with a Story

Find Local Food, Gardening, Kelly Wilson, Learn More, Southeast Michigan, Specialty Producers, Stories

Twenty five years ago, Karen Golden moved to Highland, Michigan with her young family. Looking for a way to feed her family healthful food, Karen began gardening and has never looked back. Fast forward to 2018 and Karen has turned her gardening passion into a thriving transplant production business: Michigan Heirlooms.

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Scholarships Available for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Event, Find Local Food, Kelly Wilson

The National Farm to School Network is hosting the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018. Individuals and organizations that are working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, build racial equity and increase opportunities for farmers and producers are encouraged to attend.

Scholarship applications are being accepted now through Monday, February 12 at 8pm ET. All interested attendees are invited to apply for scholarships to reduce the cost of participating in the conference. To ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of farm to cafeteria constituents, scholarships are prioritized for farmers and farm support organizations, farm to college/hospital practitioners, early care and education providers, food service professionals, persons of color, and youth (through age 22).
The scholarship application is available at farmtocafeteriaconference.org.

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SAVE THE DATE: Michigan Good Food Summit, Oct. 22, 2018

Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson

This October, the Michigan Good Food Summit will amplify underrepresented voices across the food system as we continue advancing the Good Food Charter’s vision of equity, sustainability and a thriving economy for all of Michigan and its people. Whether you’re a food consumer, grower or buyer; line cook, server or chef; advocate, educator or policymaker – join us in East Lansing to connect with others advancing good food and equity in Michigan!

Registration for this event will be open by July 1, 2018.
For questions on registration and sponsor/exhibitor information, contact Diane Drago at ddrago@dmsevents.com or (734) 747-2746.

More information: www.canr.msu.edu/michiganfood/summits/