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Become a Local Food Enthusiast

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Tricia Phelps

Did you know that your dollar is multiplied more than three times when you spend it at a local store, than by purchasing at a national chain? Plus, locally grown and produced food packs more of a nutritional punch and it travels fewer miles to your plate, making it better for you and for the planet. We’re just scratching the surface here when it comes to the true value of local food in our community. The benefits range from economics and social connection, to improving health and the environment.

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Agricultural Job Opportunities in Michigan

Economy, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved

FoodCorps Service Member, Petoskey (Area)

Join FoodCorps and spend year building healthier futures for kids. For this challenging and necessary service, you’ll receive a stipend, health insurance, training and mentorship.Get paid to do hands-on social justice work, such as teach gardening and cooking classes, promote healthy options in the school cafeteria, and help schools be healthier.

Farm Manager, Ziibimijwang Farm, Carp Lake, MI

Ziibimijwang (ZEE-BEE mige-waang) Inc. is committed to restoring and strengthening mino-bimaadiziwin (Anishinaabe- the Good Life) of the Odawa Community through a foundation of indigenous food systems and cultural activities. We are a Tribally owned non-profit located in the “Tip of the Mitt” only 10 miles south of Mackinaw City, Michigan. We are proud to grow high quality, nutritionally dense vegetables using sustainable farming practices that will follow Organic standards that care for the soil, groundwater, and adjacent natural areas.

Farm Manager, Magnolia Farms Lansing, MI

Magnolia Farms is a .8 acre urban farm on Lansing’s Eastside.  We grow a variety of vegetables and herbs using organic/sustainable methods.  We are currently looking for a farm manager to take over day-to-day farm operations. Ideally, we are looking for someone to manage the farm business in exchange for farm revenues. Exact arrangement is open to negotiation.   

Key Person, Stone Coop Farm, Brighton, MI

Stone Coop Farm is transitioning to non-profit status in 2018. We will continue to focus our business model on a profitable working farm and will expand our classes and events. We are looking for someone who wants to be a key part of our team and stay with us for more than one season. We grow all year so this position is full time, full year. You will be working closely with me, Joannée DeBruhl, Stone Coop’s owner, so I have outlined my commitment to you and your commitments to me and the farm. Stone Coop has 2 other key staff positions, so interviews will involve all three of us. Primary job duties are managing our wholesale accounts and running our Saturday on-farm market each week all year long.

Farm Coordinator, Lansing Roots Farm, Mason, MI

The Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) maintains Lansing Roots, a twelve-acre parcel in Mason, Michigan for small scale entrepreneurial and subsistence growers.  The GLFB Farm Coordinator will be responsible for coordination and oversight of all physical operations at the 10-acre Lansing Roots Farm site for the 2018 growing season. This position will be primarily farm-based, with limited office time. Candidates should have necessary farm and mechanical skills to operate and maintain basic systems, including irrigation, plumbing, tractors, and implements.

Operations Assistant, Fair Food Network, Ann Arbor MI

Fair Food Network is hiring an Operations Assistant to be based in our Ann Arbor office. This is a great position for someone looking to launch their non-profit career!

Dwelling Place Garden Coordinator, Grand Rapids, MI

This is a full-time, year round position working directly with residents to create and maintain community gardens located on properties owned and/or managed by Dwelling Place.

Executive Director, Michigan Farmers Market Association, East Lansing, MI

The Board shall, at its discretion, employ an Executive Director to manage the business affairs of the Corporation. The Executive Director shall be an officer of the Corporation, and an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board. The Executive Director shall report to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation and shall have general and active management of the activities of the Corporation. The Executive Director shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect. The Executive Director shall execute all authorized conveyances, contracts or other obligations in the name of the Corporation except where required by law to be otherwise signed and except where the signing is expressly delegated by the Directors to some other person. The Executive Director shall attend all meetings of the Board and attend committee meetings as necessary.

Farm Intern, Granor Farm, Three Oaks, MI

Granor Farm, located in Three Oaks, MI, is a 27-acre farm growing a wide variety of organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, and grains. Granor Farm is seeking 2-4 interns to join the farm approximately May-October, but we are willing to adjust the length of stay for the right candidate.

Interns work approx. 50-60 hours per week, and will participate in all aspects of organic vegetable production, from seed to market. This includes weeding, watering, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, post-harvest handling, customer service, working farmer’s markets and farmstand, greenhouse and hoop house management, general farm chores, and care of hens and ducks. Weekend work is required and there will be farm chores every day of the week.

Farm Intern, Presque Isle Farm, Posen, MI

Presque Isle Farm is a small certified organic vegetable farm in Posen, MI. We grow a wide variety of vegetables with about 1.5 acres of field production and three 30’x96’ high tunnels. We market our produce to restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and farmers markets. Our main crops of focus are lettuce, spinach, microgreens, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, beets, carrots, and kale. We are looking for hardworking candidates that are interested and passionate about learning organic vegetable farming practices.

Job​ ​Description:

Presque Isle Farm is seeking 1-2 interns to join the farm approximately April-November, but we are willing to adjust the length of stay for the right candidate. Interns work approx. 20-40 hours per week, and will participate in all aspects of organic vegetable production, from seed to market. This includes weeding, watering, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, post-harvest handling, customer service, working farmer’s markets and farmstand, greenhouse and hoop house management, and other general farm chores. The main goal of this internship is to offer the opportunity for interns to gain a season’s worth of experience on an organic farm.

Did we miss some? Let us know if your business is hiring! Send to emma@localdifference.org

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Say Hey to the Yooper, eh?

Alex Palzewicz, Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved

Excuse me if my writing feels a bit exhausted, walking fifteen miles uphill in two feet of snow, just to get wi-fi for this post has drained me.

Gottcha! It’s hard not to joke, but I am happy to report that I am actually warm in my home, with indoor plumbing and all. Although, we do have a generator because when the power goes out it is often for days, and my closest ‘neighbors’ (besides a plethora of deer camps) are over two miles away.

Greetings, my name is Alexandria Palzewicz, and I am beyond excited to be the new UP Local Food Coordinator! Besides a recent two-year excursion in Seattle, I have lived in the UP my whole life.

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Shaping our Agricultural Landscape: The Farm Bill

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson

Every five years Congress votes on a massive piece of legislation that dramatically influences the landscape and nutrition of our nation:The Farm Bill. This piece of legislation determines what we eat and how it is grown and has huge impacts on public and environmental health. The current (2014) Farm Bill only accounts for 4% of total federal spending and includes 12 titles addressing broad topic areas.

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Transitioning Farmland to the Next Generation of Farmers : Land Access Educational Summit #1

Economy, Event, Kelly Wilson

Join the Southwest Land Access Partners for this educational summit on

February 2, 2018

Kalamazoo Valley College,

Culinary Allied Health Building

9:30 AM- 3:30 PM

As we know, access to land for farming and conservation purposes is vitally important as more and more farmland will change hands in the coming years. Bringing together beginning and retiring farmers in a way that allows for education and networking is one way to bridge the gap to farmland preservation.

The goal of this educational summit is to help landowners understand succession planning as it pertains to land protection and transfer; and to assist beginning farmers in understanding how to acquire land. Cost for this workshop is $20 (Lunch on your own—Havirmill Café available)

Our team, Southwest Land Access Partners, is a group of educators, non-profit organizations and government agencies. This group is an extension of the Good Food Kalamazoo working group focused on farmland use and access in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Participant Registration

Sponsorship Registration

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The Coolest Thing About My Job

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Learn More, Molly Stepanski, Stories

I’m not bragging, but there are a lot of cool things about my job as the NE Local Food Coordinator with Taste the Local Difference. I get to hang out with other local farmers, producers, and small business owners; I get to eat the food they’ve grown or created; drink the libations they’ve conceived; partake of their businesses’ inventions; help put on events celebrating their work; and tell everybody how great this region of Michigan is because of these people and their labors of love. It’s a pretty sweet deal.  

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Agro-Tourism Rises to Challenges

Andrew Schudlich, Economy, farm-to-table, Farmers Markets, Guest Post, Record-Eagle Ag Forum, Stories

Walk through any Leelanau County or Traverse City farmers market and it’s hard to miss how much things have grown. For the past 15 years, these markets and farm stands have been the source of produce and locally produced products for our business, Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm.

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FEAST – Food Entrepreneur Accelerator and Start Up Terminal – To Launch in Inkster

Economy, Find Local Food, Press Release, Southeast Michigan, Specialty Producers, Stories

DETROIT – OCT. 19, 2017 – A new initiative to help burgeoning Michigan food business entrepreneurs boost production and growth is set to begin. FEAST, LLC, which stands for Food Entrepreneur Accelerator and Start Up Terminal, is a co-packing program, developed by Eastern Market Corp. (EMC), to help local food manufacturing companies grow more quickly.

Equipped with commercial kitchens and a food processing center, the 14,500 square foot facility is located at 26762 Michigan Ave. in Inkster. Licensed under Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and registered under the Food and Drug Administration, FEAST production will focus on acidified and shelf-stable food products.  

“FEAST is a first step in Eastern Market Corp.’s program to accelerate food business in Michigan and will fill the current void that exists for food entrepreneurs looking to ramp up production and move their business to the next stage,” said Mike DiBernardo, Director Food Innovation Programs for Eastern Market Corp. “Developing and supporting programs like FEAST which will grow the food system and increase economic opportunities in the region is a key part to Eastern Market Corporation’s strategic plan.”

The building was donated to EMC by Garden Fresh Gourmet founder, Jack Aronson, who has collaborated with EMC long-term to develop ways to grow food processing in the region. FEAST, operating as a private LLC, is co-owned by founders of three established local food companies, Marcia Nodel and her daughter-in-law Michal Nodel of Marcia’s Munchies, Scott and Suzi Owens of Scotty O’Hotty and Amit Makhecha of M&R Ventures. A loan from Northern Initiatives’ Michigan Good Food Fund helped to secure equipment.

“We’re proud to carry on Detroit’s lengthy and legendary manufacturing history in this new venture,” said Scott Owens. “Each of the FEAST co-owners have created business and met challenges along the way to grow and expand. We’re beyond thrilled to be using even more local resources and expanding our state-of-the-art manufacturing process to feed and employ more people.”

In addition to meeting their own production needs, FEAST will provide small and mid-sized food companies in Southeast Michigan with co-packing services. Recipe development, cooperative buying, and private labeling production will also be services offered by FEAST.

FEAST will create six full-time positions.  For more information, visit FeastDetroit.com.

 

About FEAST Detroit

FEAST Detroit offers exceptional co-packing services to growing food businesses in its 14,500 square foot specialty food manufacturing facility. It is licensed as an acidified food processor and concentrates on the production of shelf stable products utilizing local supply chains. FEAST is licensed by the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development (MDARD) and registered through the FDA. For more information please visit FeastDetroit.com

 

About Eastern Market Corporation

Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) is the nonprofit that manages Eastern Market on behalf of the City of Detroit. Its vision is to create the most inclusive, resilient, and robust regional food hub in the United States and to ensure that Eastern Market nourishes Detroit — from food to art and commerce to culture.  For more information, call 313.833.9300, visit our website at EasternMarket.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.

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Growing Opportunity in the Eastern UP’s Fields, Forests and Farmers Markets

Amy Polk, Economy, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post

When a small group of individuals driven by the idea of bringing a farmers market to Les Cheneaux first met, they envisioned a Friday night tourist attraction in the summers, and were able to secure an economic development grant from the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation to jumpstart the market. They didn’t expect such a strong community response that the market could go year-round. The market— now on Sundays— has become a vibrant attraction and business incubator in the Les Cheneaux community. Farmers and makers alike have found the market is a vehicle for expanding sales, fine tuning products, and even launching “bricks and mortar” businesses.