List of Michigan Black Owned/Operated Farms

Did you know that less than 2% of all farmers in the US are Black? We are celebrating these farm owners for many reasons – in part because of all the discriminatory land policies that followed emancipation to the present day (Here’s a great link for a brief history). Many people in our audience are making […]

in Agriculture, Detroit, Eat Local, Find Local Food

Making Valuable Connections 

Imagine for a moment, a fresh Taste the Local Difference Local Food Coordinator, newly tasked with making new connections in their region to locally grown and produced foods. It’s a simple concept, sure, but take my region for example, the Upper Peninsula, over 16,000 square miles, dotted with numerous communities all accessing food in different […]

Register now for the 17th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference!

The 17th annual Michigan Family Farms Conference is coming up fast and is an event you won’t want to miss! Each year, the conference offers beginning, small-scale, and culturally diverse farmers a chance to network, learn, and build sustainable family farms. It is an energizing, hands-on event featuring multiple tracks of breakout sessions plus a […]

in Agriculture, Event, Get Involved, Learn More

Get to the Farm! Central UP Farm Tours

Every farm visit is unique, but the one common denominator is that you’ll always leave with a deeper appreciation for food and those who work so hard to provide it to us. Luckily for those of you in and around the Central Upper Peninsula, there are tons of opportunities coming up that will get you to […]

in Agriculture, Alex Palzewicz, Upper Peninsula

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 […]

in Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, Julia Linder, Learn More