Health

Crop Spot: Mushrooms

Did you know that there are three main types of mushrooms? Saprophytic (the kind most commonly grown), parasitic, and mycorrhizal. Saprophytic mushrooms eat dead and decomposing matter, parasitic mushrooms feed on (and kill)l living trees, and mycorrhizal mushrooms live in a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship with living trees. In the Garden: Mushroom cultivation methods vary […]

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Crop Spot: Parsnips

Behold the parsnip!  Parsnips, or Pastinaca sativa, are humble root vegetables closely related to carrots and parsley. These pale roots taste just as sweet as carrots with earthier undertones and are quite versatile! Here’s our quick guide to Parsnips: In the Medicine Cabinet:  Not only are parsnips delicious, but they’re also good for you! Here’s […]

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Mental Health First Aid for Farmers

The National Farmers Union’s 118th Anniversary Convention gathered family farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Georgia, earlier this March. This is an annual opportunity for family farmers from across the country to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow through discussions, brainstorming, and breakout sessions. While I didn’t have the […]

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How to Plan a Virtual Dinner Party

It’s critical that we all take COVID-19 seriously and stay at home. As humans, the lack of social interaction involved in a quarantine however, can be both unfamiliar and emotionally exhausting. But, don’t forget! We live in a time when technology makes it easy for happy hours, coffee dates and dinner parties, to happen online. […]

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Support Local Food Businesses Statewide

Local food businesses are among the hardest hit by the outbreak of COVID-19. With bars and restaurants banned from dine-in services, many are adapting as fast as possible. Some are food businesses are switching to curbside or delivery options, and farms are upgrading their online ordering systems. Even non-food businesses, like yoga studios and libraries, […]

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A Local Foodie’s Guide to COVID-19

Have you washed your hands lately? If not, take a moment to do so. If yes, do it again. The news is inundated with information about the global spread of Coronavirus and the uncertainty this infection is causing. Local, small businesses are disproportionately affected during uncertain times like these. Here are some ideas how you […]

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Building Healthy Places with Local Food

More than 60% of Michiganders live with one, or more, chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, etc.) and 95% of us engage in behaviors that contribute to chronic disease development. While these numbers are daunting, there is a lot we can do individually, and as communities, to change these numbers. One the most impactful […]

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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 […]