A Letter to Farmers: Adapting in the time of COVID-19

This is an edited version of a piece created by Kristen Muehlhauser, a farmer and registered nurse in Washtenaw County. Learn more about Kristen, her farm, and her suggestions for action during this time at www.RaindanceOrganic.com By now, you have likely read numerous reports and graphs about the coronavirus’ spread in Michigan. The good news […]

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

A New Normal for Michigan Orchards

This is the second post of a three-part series. Before reading this, make sure you read the first post of the series here! To quickly recap, in the last article I mentioned how climate change will have unique impacts on tree fruit agriculture due to long-term growing requirements of growing perennials. This means that fruit […]

in Climate Change, Environment, Julia Linder, Learn More

Who is Michigan Farmers Union?

Michigan Farmers Union is a grassroots organization that works to protect the social and economic well-being of family farmers throughout the Great Lakes State. Our members are our policy makers. We engage elected officials on issues that come directly from our membership and press lawmakers to implement and enforce laws and regulations that will strengthen […]

in Economy, Environment, Guest Post, Kristine Ranger, Learn More

MQT Local Food Fest 2018 Recap

MQT Local Food Fest Statistics •7 Northern Michigan University Hospitality Management Alumni Chefs First Place & People’s Choice Rory Shimp of Spiaggia in Chicago MAD Rabbits Farm, Daggett Second Place Colin Campbell of POUR Kitchen + Bar – Thill’s Fish House, Marquette Third Place Angela Verburg of Harley’s Lounge at the Ramada Inn –Swanzy, Gwinn & […]

in Alex Palzewicz, Benefit, Event, Find Local Food

A Farmer’s Diary: Beginning Farmer Institute

When you bring a bunch of farmers together over pizza and beer, there’s a certain magic that happens. On September 9th, after traveling from thirteen different states, nineteen farmers from incredibly diverse backgrounds descended on Washington, DC, for the first session of the 2018-19 National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI). This educational opportunity […]

in Event, Get Involved, Molly Stepanski

NFU Fall Legislative Fly-in and the Farm Bill

The National Farmers Union (NFU) was founded over 110 years ago and advocates for grassroots policy change that supports the welfare of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and consumers. NFU writes, “We promote sustainable production of food, feed, fiber, and fuel and work with our 200,000 member families nationwide to support smart farm policies, educate the […]

in Economy, Environment, Event, Get Involved, Learn More, Molly Stepanski

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

You either sink or swim under the grueling demands of a busy professional kitchen. Chad Edwards has been cooking in Gaylord restaurants since age 14, and was the chef for two establishments in the city before turning 21. After years of rigor and practice, Edwards’ was swimming full bore on October 28, 2010, when he […]

in farm-to-table, Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski, Restaurant

Is Your Farm FSMA Compliant?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. The goal of this legislation is prevent contamination of food produced in the United States before foodborne illness outbreaks occur. The Produce Safety Rule of FSMA has huge implications for many growers across the state. This year, compliance […]

Calling all CSA Farmers!

The Michigan Statewide CSA Working Group announces the release of the first Michigan CSA Farm Survey. Data from this survey serves as a critical underpinning toward developing broad strategies to support Michigan’s CSA farmers and their communities. If you are currently a CSA farmer, or have had a CSA operation in the past, please consider […]

in Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Kelly Wilson