Environment

How to Eat Local (and Help the Environment) in Detroit

Food production and transportation are significant contributors to greenhouse gases. Besides the resources used to grow food, it takes energy to preserve, package, and ship our food around the country. Before it reaches your plate, food travels an average of 1500 miles!  One way to cut down on the food energy footprint is to eat […]

82nd Annual Michigan Farmers’ Union Convention & Member Meeting

The Michigan Farmers Union is a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the social and economic well-being of Michigan family farmers. Each year, they host an annual meeting to discuss policy issues at hand, before pushing them forward to the national level. This year at the 82nd Annual Michigan Farmers’ Union Convention and Member Meeting in […]

in Agriculture, Economy, Environment, Food Policy

Putting Gratitude on the Menu

Mid-November through January often feels like an all out sprint between holiday gatherings, end of year work deadlines, and travel to see loved ones. While this can be a time of immense joy, stress often abounds.  As I work to slow down and be present, I’m challenging myself to practice more gratitude. My theme, given […]

in Eat Local, Environment

Take a Hike! with Dreamgoats

The cold weather is arriving in Michigan, but that doesn’t stop Dreamgoats from enjoying the great, wintry outdoors. Since July of this year and throughout November and December, a herd of five fun-loving, floppy-eared Nubian goats are sharing their walks with anyone who wants to join them. A hike through forty acres of woods, marsh […]

in Agriculture, Environment, Grand Rapids, West Michigan

Feeding Neighbors by Day and Worms by Night: Luis Chen Does It All

Luis Chen is hard at work in Grand Rapids, feeding his community locally sourced produce through the YMCA Veggie Van as the Operations Manager, as well as running his own composting company, Wormies. He enjoys connecting with local farmers and bringing their produce to communities in need, as well as learning about growing healthy food […]

MAEAP Verification is a Worthy Investment for Your Farm

For this farmer, MAEAP recognition proves he’s doing the right things to keep his farm running for another 100 years Ron Stadler’s family has been farming since 1896. The family farm sits on 120 acres in Monroe County and has seen its fair share of cash crops and livestock come and go over the years. […]

in Agriculture, Environment

A Word on Waste: Part IV

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste There is no ‘away’ to throw things. When food ends up in landfills it decomposes anaerobically which releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25x more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Since Americans throw away around 150,000 […]

in Agriculture, Authors, Climate Change, Environment, Food Waste