Environment

New Year, New Business Structure: The Green Things Farm Collective

If you’re a Local Food Enthusiast, you’re aware that farming is a tough business. There are unpredictable factors beyond human control (think weather and climate change), land access challenges, labor issues, and not enough hours in the day to wear all the business hats (planning, production, quality control, marketing, sales, logistics, etc.). Recognizing that sharing […]

Fresh or Frozen : Buy Local Blueberries

We often think fresh is always better than frozen. However, if you’re buying fruits and vegetables when they’re out of season, it means they weren’t grown locally, or even domestically. Instead, they’re shipped from places where local conditions allow them to grow. The longer these fruits and veggies sit in transit, at the grocery store […]

Tackling a Zero Waste Event

You have an upcoming event that will have vendors, talent, and of course attendees. You have organized the meeting space, audio/visual, catering, and more…but what about the waste produced from the event? Have you thought about the impact of the amount of waste an event generates? Quick example: the NFL regular season has 256 games […]

in Climate Change, Environment, Event, Guest Post, Learn More

5 Food Focused Films for 2020

Films provide a channel for inspiration, escape, education and sometimes even a new-found purpose. Alex, our UP Local Food Coordinator, picked out the following 5 films to keep your creative juices flowing. Plus, these films are a great way to keep from going too stir-crazy during winter. 1. A Fine Line – A Woman’s Place […]

in Agriculture, Alex Palzewicz, Climate Change, Environment, Film

2020 Alcona Small Farm Conference : Big Dreams, Small Towns

Farm to Fork Alcona is excited to bring Amy Emberling, Managing Partner of Zingerman’s Bakehouse, to Lincoln, Michigan! She will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Annual Alcona Small Farm Conference: “Big Dreams, Small Towns” on Saturday, February 29, 2020. This regional event will take place at Lost Lake Woods Club from 9am to […]

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs

Want to meet your new favorite farmer? Attend an upcoming CSA Fair to find your perfect match. CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, are similar to a subscription program — members receive a weekly box of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, flowers, mead, and much more from a local farmer or producer. This arrangement allows the […]

The NE Michigan Food & Farming Network is Taking a Place at the Table

Local food councils bring the community together to promote the well-being of their local food system. The newly formed Northeast Michigan Food & Farming Network  (NEMFFN) envisions a future where all people in the area have access to food that is fresh and regionally grown, priced fairly for the farmer, and produced in a way which […]

Calling all Local Food Businesses!

 As you plan for funding to strengthen our local food system and improve access to healthy food, please keep us in mind. We want to help support the success of your funding applications! Please don’t hesitate to reach out for a letter of support, consulting ideas, or a quote for marketing tools to build into your budget.  […]

in Agriculture, Economy, Environment, Get Involved

You’re Invited! Greater Washtenaw CSA Fair

 The 2020 Greater Washtenaw County CSA Fair will be held Sunday, February 16th from 12-3 PM at the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor Public Library. This free, family friendly event brings together farmers and producers from across the county who offer subscriptions to their farm or food business. Traditionally, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription […]

CSA Sign-up Season is Here!

Summer may seem far away, but it’s an exciting time for many farms across the country. It’s a time of year when CSA sign-ups for the upcoming season open up, and minds are officially shifted to new crops and field planning. For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for […]

in Agriculture, Environment, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food