WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) begins today, Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks Continue reading
If you’re reading this blog, you probably already have an understanding of some of the
interconnections, barriers, and opportunities faced by local food producers. MSU grad
student Cassi Meitl didn’t understand any of these things when she was tasked with assessing the farm and food system in Benzie and Manistee counties during her 2014 summer internship with planning consultants Beckett & Raeder. But upon completion of the Lakes to Land Farm and Food System Assessment, Continue reading
Wednesday, October 28, 4:00-8:00 PM
Sponsored by: Local Food Alliance
North Central Michigan College, Petoskey – Iron Horse Café
Join health care providers, educators, dietitians, farmers, food processors, employers, and local food lovers to create a healthy foods action plan for the community. Learn about great programs in the area that bring local fresh foods into schools, hospitals, and workplace. Meet the people who make it happen and how you can take steps to create a healthier community!
FREE Event – Advance Registration with North Central Michigan College required. To register, call 231-348-6613.
Heather Ratliff and Bill Palladino are co-leaders of the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network. Here they discuss the 2015 member survey.
Bill: The Food and Farming Network welcomes everyone interested in preserving and supporting agriculture as a viable economic practice in an almost 5,000-square-mile area–from Emmet County in the north to Manistee, Wexford, and Missuakee counties in the south. Within this region, we aim to provide 20% local food by the year 2020 with 100% access for all residents.
Heather: Because there are no fees or dues, some members may not even recall joining our organization! We’re happy to have them all on board.
Bill: Every few years, we like to gauge how well we are meeting member needs. This year it is especially important to get member feedback because Rotary Charities and the NorthSky Nonprofit Network are helping us examine the effectiveness of the Food and Farming Network.
Survey results will tell us what we have done well and where we have room for improvement or growth.
Heather: At the 2016 Summit in February, members will use survey results to help determine the future direction of the Food and Farming Network. It’s really important to understand what the network means to each and every member and how everyone pictures our network in the future.
Bill: The survey is short–just 14 questions.
Heather: To say thanks, members who complete the survey will be given the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $100 gift card to a local business of their choosing. I hope everyone reads this and takes the survey right now.
Sept 16, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance, 1610 Barlow, Traverse City
INTRODUCTIONS: Amanda Kik, Amy MacKay, Amy Martin, Annie Olds, Bill Koucky, Bill Palladino, Brian Bourdages, Carol Danly, Heather Ratliff, Mark Coe, Meghan McDermitt, Rod Robinson, Sandi McArthur, Sarah Eichberger, Scott Smith, Sharron May, Stephanie Cumper, Tricia Phelps, Wendy Weiland, Zane Schwaiger
ROLE OF VISTA: See blog post of 7/27/15. VISTA provides support to organizations for the purpose of increasing capacity. The focus with FFN is measurement of progress against goals and outreach/relationship building. Carol has increased the activity of FFN on social media and has attended three of ISLAND’s Twilight Tours plus a Local Food Alliance meeting in Petoskey. Continue reading
MIDNIGHT-My mind is racing: guilds, broad forks, lettuce pickers, giant squash, Golden Rule Farm, Pigstock, Filling the Freezer, Farm to Freezer, Food Rescue, Food and Farming Network. I can’t stop thinking about tonight’s visit to 9 Bean Rows Farm.
It was my second Twilight Tour and Continue reading
In January of 1963, the year of his assassination, President John F. Kennedy shared his vision for a national service corps “to help provide urgently needed services in urban and rural poverty areas.” Two years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson welcomed the first group of 20 VISTA volunteers.
“Your pay will be low; the conditions of your labor Continue reading