“Before the reward, there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.” – Ralph Ransom
The abundance of northern Michigan’s many riches is never more apparent than now. The approaching fall demands that farmers set our tables with the literal fruits of their summer’s labor. Visit one of our local farmers markets and be ready for an impressive diversity of locally grown crops. Take a ride down any one of our scenic rural roads and pass by dozens of farms and roadside vegetable stands. Some, like Gallagher’s Farm Market on M72 or Friske’s on US 31, are full-fledged stores with professional staff. I dare you to leave either of these places without a full pie in hand and a smile on your face.
The Food and Farming Network held its January business meeting at the GT Foodshed Alliance/TLD offices on Wednesday January 20th, 2016. Minutes from the meeting and a full video as recorded from our ZOOM video conferencing system can be found below. Continue reading
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
Taste the Local Difference (TLD) is growing up and expanding to southeast lower Michigan.
The 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.
Americorps Vista in northern Michigan has several openings for positions starting this summer. These service programs are perfect for graduating college students looking to extend their learning and make important connections into the food, farming, and health fields. These positions provide serious career-track opportunities for interested candidates.