As northern Michigan farmers work to build a sustainable, local-food economy, they need funding and other support to get started, expand current operation, build year-round growing capacity or establish new business models. USDA Rural Development, MSU Extension, Taste the Local Difference and the Food and Farming Network have teamed up with local sponsors and organizations to make it easier for farmers, growers and producers to find the help they need. The Funding Local Farms & Foods workshops will point local growers toward government agencies, non-profits and private lenders who can offer funding and other resources.
This infographic comes to us from our good friends at the Fair Food Network. Oran Hesterman, executive director of the Detroit based nonprofit, hired renown economist Michael Shuman to research the potential impacts of shifting the local food economy in Michigan up by 20%. This graphic is part of a summary of Shuman’s report that tries to shed some light on the power of a local food economy.
The big thing to look for here is the opportunity represented by these numbers. How can we as a community of food producers seek to fill some of these niches, and in so doing capture a rich market that we are otherwise simply throwing away?
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