FREE FALL CONFERENCE – Around the Table: Local Food & Community Health

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, Around the Table logo jpgfood 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.

A conversation with the co-leaders…member survey

Heather Ratliff and Bill Palladino are co-leaders of the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network.  Here they discuss the 2015 member survey.

from answers to actions 75 percentBill:  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.

NOTE: The survey closes on Tuesday, October 14, 2015, at midnight.

FFN: Six Years and Counting

by Diane Conners, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

The Northwest Michigan Food & Farming Network was born out of a 2009 Farm Route farmroutebannerto Prosperity Summit organized by economic development and business groups, farmers and farm groups, nonprofit local food policy advocates, land conservancies, job training organizations, health professionals, community garden supporters, school Continue reading

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.