Southeast Michigan

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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Funding Proposal for Washtenaw County Conservation District

The Washtenaw County Conservation District (WCCD) has a long history of working with the residents of Washtenaw County to protect and preserve natural resources. They provide critical services to farmers of every scale that improve farm sustainability and financial stability. These services greatly enhance local farmers’ ability to provide fresh, healthy food to the community […]

Local Food Summits Provide Connection, Engagement

Local food focused conferences and summits are a great opportunity for seasoned food systems practitioners and budding local food enthusiasts to learn, connect and get inspired toward positive action. In southeast Michigan, two upcoming Local Food Summits provide unique opportunities for engagement and education: Greater Washtenaw Local Food Summit (LFS) Monday, March 9th 8:00 AM – […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shared Kitchen Space Fosters Business Growth

Proud Mitten Shared Kitchen, located in the heart of downtown Plymouth, is a culinary gem nestled within the recently preserved Plymouth Arts and Recreation (PARC) Complex. Owner Marlo Bendon firmly believes in the shared kitchen model as a means to support the success of new food business entrepreneurs. “Many small businesses have had the opportunity to […]

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 […]

Food @ MSU: What to eat, what not to eat

Food can be confusing for anyone, but as a mom, it’s even more complicated. I’m constantly attempting to achieve balance between what’s healthiest for my family and what my boys are willing to eat, which changes often. And I don’t always succeed, despite good intentions. My oldest regularly requests mac and cheese, while the toddler […]