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The Revival and Growth of the County Fair

Alex Palzewicz, Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Stories

When I say the words “county fair,” what comes to mind? For me there is nostalgia that rolls in as I think of my own Menominee County Fair at Shakey Lakes Campground in Stephenson, Michigan. There, I competed in animal showmanship for multiple species, entered crafts and photos, rode my bike like a hooligan, and made endless campfire delicacies like smores and pudgie pies.

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A Watershed Moment for NE Michigan’s Regional Food System

Benefit, Environment, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Molly Stepanski

America’s highly productive food system is one of its beloved accomplishments. But the environment has paid a high price for this abundance, especially our rivers, streams, and lakes. In fact, according to the EPA’s National Water Quality Inventory Report, agriculture is considered to be “the most widespread source of impairment in the nation’s assessed lake acres.” Industrial agriculture is among the leading causes of water pollution in the United States today. Data indicates this method of food production often wastes large quantities of water, even when nearby communities are experiencing water shortages (check out California’s nut production dilemma).

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Celebrate the Kick-off of Asparagus Season in Empire

Bailey Samp, Event, farm-to-table, Find Local Food, Food Waste, Get Involved

Did you know that May is National Asparagus month? If you are anything like me, you can’t wait for the first asparagus spears to start nudging their way through the soil. It is one of the first Spring vegetables to be harvested and a kick-off to the growing season in Northern Michigan.

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2ND ANNUAL THREADS ALL ARTS FESTIVAL, MARCH 10-11

Drinks, Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Nicole Patrick, Southeast Michigan

We’re so excited to invite you to Threads All Arts Festival, which kicks off Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 1 PM and runs until Sunday, March 11th, 2018 at 10 PM at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse This second iteration of the festival involves over 120 artists with a connection to the southeastern Michigan area. We welcome all ages, kids under 12 get in free!

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Alcona Regional Farm Conference : Bringing It Back to the Northeast

Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Molly Stepanski

Farm to Fork Alcona will be hosting the Alcona Regional Farm Conference – Growing for Profit in Northeast Michigan Saturday, February 10th. Local farmers will be able to take advantage of two breakout sessions, one addressing critical info for business development such as how to measure the financial success of their farm; how to write a business plan and obtain credit; how to work more productively with state agencies; how to become MAEAP certified; how to raise livestock for sale; and how to sell produce beyond farmers markets. Come hear success stories from Leeseberg Farms, Cook Family Farm, Standen Acres, Presque Isle Farm, and the Wandering Winds Farm.

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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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An Excuse to Indulge: Local Harvest Restaurant Series Supports Local Farm-to-School Programming!

Bailey Samp, Benefit, Event, farm-to-table, Find Local Food, Press Release, The Local Dish

After winding down from a jam-packed summer of Certified Local Food Events, we are preparing for an exciting new fall event that highlights the Grand Traverse Region, and its enthusiasm for locally grown food!

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Alcona is A-Bubbling

Event, farm-to-table, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Molly Stepanski, Specialty Producers

There’s a new Certified Local Food Event coming your way in Alcona County this month. On September 30, Farm to Fork Alcona 2017 is hosting a natural fermentation workshop and dinner at Logger’s Trace-Springport Golf Course in Harrisville, beginning at 2pm. Farm to Fork Alcona 2017 is an initiative that is part of Inspiration Alcona, a nonprofit arts and culture organization promoting the friendly rural beauty of Alcona. This initiative is working to help Alcona County become home to the farm-to- fork movement.

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Shetler Family Dairy welcomes all, to 16th Annual Event

Event, Find Local Food, Tricia Phelps

Shetler milk became a local staple in northwest Michigan soon after the family began bottling and distributing to retail stores sixteen years ago. George and Sally Shetler raised their five children on the farm in Kalkaska, Michigan which they’ve owned since 1979. Their quality product offerings continue to make the family-run business grow, but its also the way they conduct business that keeps consumers — like me— hooked.