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 […]

Make an Impact with Pour for More

Thanks to Pour for More, a collaborative micro-grant program, a pint of beer benefits injured birds of prey and a smoothie helps teach children’s gardening classes. By making a mindful purchase when visiting select local beverage establishments in Northern Michigan, all these ideas become reality with the help of this program. Pour For More utilizes […]

in Beer, Benefit, Drinks, Get Involved, Specialty Producers, Traverse City

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 […]