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Funding for Local Food and Farms

Economy, Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved

As northern Michigan farmers work to build a sustainable, local-food economy, they need funding and other support to get started, expand current operation, build year-round growing capacity or establish new business models. USDA Rural Development, MSU Extension, Taste the Local Difference and the Food and Farming Network have teamed up with local sponsors and organizations to make it easier for farmers, growers and producers to find the help they need. The Funding Local Farms & Foods workshops will point local growers toward government agencies, non-profits and private lenders who can offer funding and other resources.

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Calling all CSA Farmers!

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson

The Michigan Statewide CSA Working Group announces the release of the first Michigan CSA Farm Survey. Data from this survey serves as a critical underpinning toward developing broad strategies to support Michigan’s CSA farmers and their communities.

If you are currently a CSA farmer, or have had a CSA operation in the past, please consider taking this survey. Individual responses will be kept confidential. Aggregated data and analysis will be used to inform local and state agencies how to proactively address the needs of Michigan’s CSA farms and farmers.

Survey Link: http://bit.ly/MICSASurvey

Questions: MiCSAsurvey@gmail.com

The Michigan Statewide CSA Working Group includes:

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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.

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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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Farm to Butcher: Expanding Access to Heritage Michigan Meats

Find Local Food, Guest Post, Jill Giacomino, Specialty Producers

Farm Field Table, dubbed ‘the trusted butcher to Michigan’s Finest Chefs’ is located at 1030 Woodward Heights in Ferndale, MI. Since its inception in December of 2016, the artisan butcher shop has sourced whole meat animal and poultry from their favorite family farms throughout Michigan.

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Winter on the Farm: Daybreak Dreamfarm

Bailey Samp, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Recipes, Stories

We’ve asked three different farmers during the long winter months, “What are your plans this winter?” The winter is a very different time for farmers, it’s a time for reflection, a rapid change of pace, and occasionally a chance to relax!

This month, we spoke to Patrick and Kelly of Daybreak Dreamfarm. The two met working for the Maine Conservation Corps, found their way to Pond Hill Farm for an internship a few years later and decided to cultivate their own dream and start a farm in 2014!

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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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Christmas Tree Sustainability: Real vs. Artificial

Get Involved, Learn More, Melissa Orzechowski, Uncategorized

Maybe you have similar memories of running around a Christmas tree farm searching the place for the perfect tree, your tree. Every year I look forward to the hunt and to the fresh scent of a real tree in our home. But recently I’ve started to wonder about the sustainability of cutting down millions of trees across the U.S. each year. What about reduce, reuse, recycling? What is better for the environment, a plastic tree or a real one? I decided to look for myself.

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Celebrating Farm to School Month with Pop-up Farmers Markets!

Bailey Samp, Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Stories

Crisp apples, pumpkins, fresh cut flowers, and rainbow carrots are a few items that crowded the gym of seven elementary schools this month. Also included were guest chickens, various educational activities, smoothie bikes, and pumpkin soup samples. Students purchased flowers for their mothers, pumpkins for Halloween, and loved sampling kohlrabi and pea shoots from 9 Bean Rows Farmstead & CSA.

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Ann Arbor Farmers Market – The Experience Never Ends

Event, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Rebecca Locke, Southeast Michigan, Stories

As we enter the fall season and enjoy the abundance of the autumn harvest, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market may be at its peak but the experience of the Market continues year round.