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Ojibwe Chef Reclaims “Food as Medicine” through Indigenized, Accessible Food

Chef Cam Stott is using traditional Native foods to remind people that food is medicine and that Native people are still here, through his new project Thirteen Moons Kitchen. He ran Jiibaakwaan Foods catering and personal chef services for two years, until last year, when he realized the community needs to be involved.  Later this […]

MSU Incubator Farm Seeks Applications

Are you interested in starting your own farm one day, but looking for a little more experience and mentorship first? The Michigan State University Farm Business Incubator could be for you! Located at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in beautiful Chatham, this program provides access to organically managed land, hoop house space, […]

in Agriculture, Economy, Get Involved, Learn More, Upper Peninsula

Five Food Focused Films for 2021

I love using film as a method to learn more about food. Each February, I share some films that have impacted my perspective around food. See my picks for this year, in no particular order. Gather – 2020 – Rent on Vimeo  This powerful film tells important stories of Native American’s reclaiming their spiritual, political […]

in Alex Palzewicz, Film, Food Waste, Get Involved, Health, Learn More, Stories

South East Market Supplies from BIPOC Producers to Cultivate the “Beloved Community”

South East Market is a force of radical change in Grand Rapids during this tumultuous year. The new grocery store is located in the South East neighborhood of Grand Rapids, a historically underserved area where 1 in 8 people experience food insecurity. The market combats food insecurity in their community while sourcing primarily from farms […]

Taste the Diaspora Detroit Celebrates Foods of the African Diaspora for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, three local food entrepreneurs are launching an initiative called  Taste the Diaspora Detroit (TDD). This celebration of Africa’s contribution to American cuisine will showcase the diverse foods of the African Diaspora through culinary storytelling. Throughout February, folks in the Detroit area can order weekly-diaspora themed dishes created by a […]

Celebrating MLK Jr. Day through Action

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Now recognized as a National Day of Service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of learning, reflection, and activism. Here’s our abbreviated guide to celebrating MLK day in Michigan, with a local food […]

in Detroit, Emma Beauchamp, Get Involved, Grand Rapids

Winter 2021 Cookbook Club: Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Michigan winters are filled with perfect baking days: the cold invites you to preheat the oven, snowy days ask for warm freshly-baked bread, and sweaters allow for extra desserts. This Winter, we’ve selected the Michigan cookbook Zingerman’s Bakehouse for extra baking inspiration!  About the Author:  Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo are co-owners of Zingerman’s Bakehouse, […]

FoodLab Detroit: Envisioning a Post-Pandemic Restaurant Industry

“We can either use this crisis as a chance to create a more democratic economy where we’re broadening ownership and wealth, supporting businesses that are grounded in their workers and communities, and trying to build businesses together that are owned by the community like a cooperative, or we continue to do business as usual when […]