Join Us! Annual Food and Farming Network Summit

March 18, 2020 – 4:30-7:30pm

Boardman River Nature Center – 1450 Cass Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

With funding assistance from Rotary Charities of Traverse City, the Network has spent the past year on realigning our areas of focus to reflect the needs of our Food and Farming Community. As we move collectively towards the Network’s future, we need the input of those interested in the topics of food, agriculture and/or health. Join our conversation on March 18th!

The Food and Farming network seeks to serve all farmers, food producers, and eaters in Northwest Michigan. It is an open and dynamic assembly of organizations, businesses, and individuals that collaborate across different parts of our food system in order to address opportunities and challenges.

We will meet for an evening gathering to reflect on past network success and to plan for future collective impacts in food and farming for our Northwest Michigan communities. 

Just as everyone eats, all are welcome in our network. RSVP here – or let us know if you are interested in getting involved but cannot attend.


2018 One Sheet Metrics

Quantifying a food system is quite the task, and the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network is here to bring you the best our network has to offer in data representation! These five infographic sheets correspond to each of our five task forces: Food Access, Local Food Sales, Farmland Resources, Farm to Institution, and Agribusiness Generation.

By collaboration throughout the network to bring together the most accurate, relevant and compelling information as possible, we hope to track our progress in localizing our food economy and identifying areas of concern which need to be addressed by network collaboration.

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Local Food Sales One Sheet PDF

Food Access One Sheet PDF

Farmland Resources One Sheet PDF

Agribusiness One Sheet PDF

Farm to Institution One Sheet PDF




Welcome to the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network (FFN). Here, you’ll find a snapshot of activities throughout northwest Lower Michigan in support of our network’s goals and objectives. This group is truly a network. The ties that bind us mainly go unseen, but our activity is broad and deep. Find more information on the activities of the five task forces that make us tick under the “Task Forces” tab above.

Click here to sign up for the
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And check out our Facebook page to stay on top of daily news and event updates.

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Hot off the presses! This ‘Guide to Food Assistance and Eating Local’ was developed by over 10 organizations affiliated with our Food Access Task Force. It is a comprehensive, community-based resource that includes information on a broad range of topics, from tips to shopping at farmer’s markets to food preservation methods and much more. Printed versions are being distributed to limited-income families at food pantries throughout our region. View a preview and access the full version here.

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Did you know that over 83,000 acres of farmland in the Grand Traverse region will change hands within the next ten years as farmers retire and transition out of ownership? Luckily a new web platform designed to aid this land transfer is now LIVE! Farmer to Farmer features agricultural land for sale or lease, as well as job openings in our local food system.

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In 2016, the Food and Farming Network began awarding “mini-grants”—small amounts of seed money for innovative, collaborative projects to enhance our local food system. Read the comprehensive mini-grant report and other network publications here.

2017 Chapman Award

We’re proud to announce that George and Sally Shetler from the Shetler Family Dairy in Kalkaska, Michigan were presented with the 2017 Chapman Award. Read more about that here.


Download our 2017 Action Toolkit here!

The big question in this community resource guide is ‘WHAT CAN I DO?’ Each of our network’s five task forces came up with specific action points related to their work, and provided resources to help you execute them.


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