Produce Safety Technicians: What Do They Do?

Did you know that Michigan is the only State that has Produce Safety Technicians? There are six Produce Safety Techs in the State that assist fresh produce growers in implementing and tailoring their practices to meet the highest produce safety standards. The Technicians are housed in the Conservation Districts, and are located in areas that […]

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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

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!

It’s an exciting time for many farms across the country. It’s a time of year when CSA sign-ups begin, and minds are officially shifted to new crops and field planning. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a popular way for consumers to buy locally grown, seasonal food directly from a farmer. It’s a way to know […]

in Agriculture, Environment, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food

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

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. […]

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Combating Climate Change: Creating Climate-resilient Orchards

In my previous post of this Climate Change series, (see the first and second post here), I discussed how tree fruit growers in Michigan are faced with adapting to a “new normal” due to climate change. Pest and disease profiles are shifting, frost dates are less predictable, and precipitation is becoming more erratic. Growers adapt to […]

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