Extreme Weather and Farming

The Food and Farming Network held one of its bi-monthly study sessions on Wednesday December 16th, 2015. It took place at Cherry Capital Foods‘ in their large conference room. A video of the entire proceedings is available below.

FFN Co-chair Bill Palladino penned a summary of the study session for the Traverse City Record-Eagle which appeared in their Agriculture Forum on December 26th, 2015.  The text of that article and a link to the Record-Eagle is included below this video.

Here are timings for sections of the panel discussion. You may view this on YouTube to directly to access linked shortcuts to these sections.

00:00 – Welcome and Introduction by Heather Ratliff
02:10 – Intro by moderator Wendy Wieland
08:00 – Dave Barrons presentation
24:00 – Jim Nugent presentation
31:30 – Josh Wunsch comments
41:30 – Pepper Bromelmeier soil erosion demonstration
48:00 – Paul May comments
52:00 – Panel and Audience Q&A
1:18:30 – Closing comments

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TLD Launches in Washtenaw County

Taste the Local Difference (TLD) is growing up and expanding to southeast lower Michigan.

TickerArticleThe 11-year-old local food marketing arm of the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (formerly the Michigan Land Use Institute or MLUI) in Traverse City is partnering with Ann Arbor-based Think Local First to bring its local food marketing chops to that community downstate.  Read the full story from The Ticker’s Lynn Geiger on their website.

Kalkaska Soil Health Field Day – June 25

Soil Health Field Day at the Birgy Farm will demonstrate planting cover crops directly into standing corn, features an astonishing soil health demonstration. Astonishing… Really! And a short tour of a grass-fed beef grazing operation designed to imporve the soil and pasture. http://www.kalkaskaconservation.org/dev/?event=soil-health-field-day

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The event will take place at the Jim Birgy Farm.

Jim Birgy Farm
1723 Birgy Rd SW Fife Lake, MI

June Potluck at The Little Fleet

We’ve decided that too many meetings can spoil a good thing.  So next Wednesday, June 17th, the Food and Farming Network will host a potluck at The Little Fleet in downtown Traverse City.  Join us starting at 4PM.

The Little Fleet

We’ve reserved a few tables to gather.  Come ready to have a relaxing time, and leave your work behind!  It’s a partial potluck. Bringing something to pass is completely optional.  There will be food available from The Little Fleet’s fleet of food trucks.

Please help us celebrate a great year at the Network and bring in the summer.

Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System

Our colleague Rich Pirog from MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems just co-authored a paper with Anel Guel on the serious subject of structural racism in the food system.  The paper is an annotated bibliography of resources and data pivotal to understanding the subject.  Here’s the message from Rich Pirog with a link to download the document.

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Below is a link to a new annotated bibliography, Structural racism present in the U.S. Food System, published by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

As the local food movement matures, it joins an interdependent fabric of movements that have the opportunity to expose racial injustice. With recent events revealing the pervasiveness of racial injustice in America, meaningful dialogues about the future of our food system across lines of race and ethnicity are more critical than ever.

This resource may provide useful background reading to advocates, scholars, and anyone else working to bring about a more sustainable and just food system in the United States.

Important note:  the links work best if you download the document (as a pdf) and then use Adobe Reader to read the document