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Power of Produce (PoP) Clubs Encourage Kids to Enjoy Local Produce

“Exposing kids to fruits and vegetables at an early age increases the likelihood that they’ll eat veggies and fruit as adults,” says Kelly Wilson, RDN. “This is really important as we know that eating fruits and vegetables is a huge tool for preventing chronic disease.” Want to introduce your kids to new fruits and vegetables, […]

Introducing Market Wagon: Bringing the Farmers Market to your Door

The past year has seen its fair share of new online ordering systems and doorstep delivery services in and outside of the local food system. Very few of these tools, however, combine an exclusive focus on local food with the ease of online ordering and the convenience of delivery. The exception is Market Wagon– an […]

Perspectives: What It’s Like to be a Michigan Black Business Owner

This past year was not easy for business owners. Restaurant owners navigated constant changes in policy and safety updates, farmers rallied for the safety of their employees, markets pivoted to online sales and precautionary measures, and employees everywhere combatted furloughs, mask requirements, and the loss of income from in-person shopping and dining.  Black business owners […]

Community Impacts through Gardening: The MSU Extension Master Gardener ® Program

Started in 1972 in Washington, the Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program is an international movement that trains passionate volunteers to engage with horticultural projects in their communities. EMGs communicate science-based gardening information to the general public through their volunteer activities. The program originated and is managed primarily at land-grant institutions across the nation.   In Michigan, […]

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Got (Raw) Milk?

In 1948, Michigan became the first state to mandate that all milk sold to consumers be pasteurized. Pasteurization is the process of heating the milk to sterilize out any harmful bacteria, making it last longer and less prone to causing disease. This process became popular in the late 1800s, in response to a public health […]

Fresh Food Box Program Increases Access to Fresh Produce and Supports Farm’s Viability

Many local food businesses, including farms and farmers markets, added e-commerce platforms to safely connect with their customers throughout the pandemic. At the same time, food insecurity increased across the country and more consumers in Michigan became eligible for food assistance benefits (SNAP/EBT). Unfortunately, SNAP benefits are not able to be used in online payments […]

Getting Started With Your Garden

Do you dream of growing your own local food? Michigan is a great place to find local sources to help you get started. If you’ve got a hurdle, these local sources provide great solutions!  Problem: I’ve gotten a late start!  Solution: Organic plant starts from Heartwood Forest Farm Start your garden strong with certified organically […]

Know your Farmer: Heartwood Forest Farm

Nestled in the Leelanau Peninsula, Heartwood Forest Farm is a woman owned and operated USDA Certified Organic farm. With two acres of land dedicated to the pollinators who make the farm possible, Patti Travioli is the farm owner, home herbalist, and horticulturist who carefully tends over acres of herbs, vegetables, and beautiful flowers.  From Anise […]