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March 24th, 2022
Food Producers - Opportunities Grant Opportunities - Classifieds - Culture
Food Producers
U.P. Food as Medicine Cold Storage Grant Program
The U.P. Food Exchange, in partnership with Upper Peninsula Food as Medicine Team, is excited to announce the opening of our first ever grant program for area farms. Under this program, three farms from each of the regional planning districts of the Upper Peninsula will be awarded funds to build new or additional cold storage facilities for storing fresh produce.
The grant includes up to $14,000 for the materials and labor to build the facility as well as access to technical assistance for the construction and HVAC.
  • Applications OPEN NOW
  • Application Deadline is April 18, 2022 at 5pm
  • Awards Announced May 6, 2022
  • Project Completion Deadline is September 30, 2022
Find more information and apply at https://upfoodexchange.com/cold-storage-grant-program/
Questions can be directed to info@upfoodexchange.com or 906-225-0671 x 723.

 
Summarizing the FSMA Proposed Water Rule
It can be hard to understand the changes that the FDA has proposed in the new Produce Safety Water Rule. This video summarizes the proposed changes and what they mean for you, as a grower.
Does the New Proposed FSMA Water Rule Apply to You?
Survey on Reduced Tillage Methods for Vegetable Production
Rue Genger and Claire Strader at UW-Madison are surveying vegetable growers on use of reduced tillage production methods as part of a larger research study into methods that increase resilience to extreme weather events. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Your participation will help them develop better research and education programs for reduced tillage in vegetable production. 
 
To start the survey, please scan the QR code below or click this link: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eleWVfVQpM5ue9g 

 
The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c) that requires, "At least one supervisor or responsible party from your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration."

This one day course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course. The course Fee is $50 for Michigan residents and $85 for non-Michigan residents. Click here to register

Remote Dates:
April 12, 2022 – Remote Training via Zoom
April 26, 2022 – Remote Training via Zoom

 
Opportunities
Saturday, March 26th, 2022 - Details to Follow
Peter White Public Library, Lower Level in the MACC, at 1:30 p.m.

MARQUETTE — The eighth-annual Community Seed Swap will be at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Saturday, March 26, in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

The Queen City Seed Library invites everyone who is interested in gardening and growing their own food to attend. A seed-related activity is available for kids. The event is free. Attendees are not required to bring seeds.

The Seed Swap offers gardeners and seed savers a chance to exchange seeds and share knowledge. The swap is an opportunity for new seed savers to get locally harvested seeds for starting their own gardens.

Seed savers should bring open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds that are labeled with the plant type, variety, date of harvest, and location of harvest. There will also be seed envelopes on hand at the event for swapping. Those who bring seeds to the swap should arrive at 1 p.m.

“If you’re new to this, you don’t even need to bring seeds; just come. We’ll have seeds on hand donated by local gardeners,” said Michael Riesterer of the Queen City Seed Library.

“For experienced seed savers, a seed swap helps growers localize their seed sources which helps build food security. Learning about where food comes from actually starts with the seed itself,” said Abbey Palmer, extension educator at Michigan State University U.P. Research and Extension Center. “Saving seeds is a tangible way to create a culture of food security and food sovereignty in our community.”

For more information, contact Riesterer at queencityseedlibrary@gmail.com or call 906-360-6839.
Grant Opportunities

USDA Grant Opportunities Other Grant Opportunities
Classifieds

Does your farm need help this summer? Do you offer employment, internships, or volunteering? Let UPFE know and we’ll spread the word for you. Contact Eli at localfood@marquettefood.coop or 906-225-0671 x 726 to be included in the Plowshare classifieds and/or have your contact information shared with folks inquiring about opportunities.

*NEW POSTING* Good Food and Farm Business Coordinator, Lansing, MI Application Deadline: March 31st, 2022
The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is accepting applications for a Good Food and Farm Business Coordinator. This on-call position entails up to 19 hours per week with an anticipated start/end date of April 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023, with possibility of extension dependent on available funding. Click here to learn more and to apply. 


*NEW POSTING* FoodCorps Food Education Service, Petoskey, MI
Application Deadline: March 31st, 2022
FoodCorps has host sites across the country. The Groundwork service site is at the Groundwork Center Petoskey office. As a service member, you’ll implement FoodCorps’ evidence-based strategies to help schools in Emmet and Charlevoix counties become healthier places to grow and learn. The majority of a service member’s time is spent teaching in the classroom and garden, and the amount you are spending on each of the below activities will vary. You will lead hands-on lessons, influence healthy school meals, and build a school wide culture of health. Click here for more information and to apply. 

MSU Extension Crop Production Educator (3 Positions)
Application Deadline: March 30th, 2022
MSU Extension (MSUE) is searching for educators to fill three field crop production positions. As part of the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), these positions provide leadership and expertise in crop production. In these positions, you will identify, design, implement and evaluate programs that meet needs related to the sustainable production of the diverse crop mix, as well as other agronomic crops. Candidates can indicate their position/location preference within their cover letter.

Upper Peninsula Crop Production Educator
MI’s Upper Peninsula (UP) is a cropping region where farmers produce corn, soybeans, wheat, dry beans, forages, potatoes, and other vegetables. You will act as an expert for crop production practices for a diverse mix of crops, and some integrated livestock systems. You will work to improve efficiency and sustainability. There is space available for this position to work in an MSUE office in Delta, Menominee, or Dickinson County.

Forage-Livestock Crop Production Educator
The eastern Upper Peninsula (UP) has growing conditions that are well suited for forage production. Forages (hay, haylage, corn silage, pasture) for livestock feed or for sale are the principal commercial field crops in the UP. Through your leadership, you will act as an expert providing research and outreach that will improve the efficiency and sustainability of forage production, marketing, and feeding. There is space available for this position to work from the Luce County MSUE office in Newberry, MI.
 
Northern Michigan Crop Production Educator
Northeast MI is a diverse field crop production region in which farmers produce corn, soybeans, wheat, dry edible beans and potatoes. Through your leadership, you will act as an expert providing research and outreach that will lead to efficient and sustainable production of the existing diverse crop mix, as well as explore other agronomic crops, with an emphasis on improving agriculture resiliency. Additionally, your work can include crop and pest scouting, reporting that info to the industry, and troubleshooting field level challenges. There is space available for this position to work from the Presque Isle County MSUE office in Rogers City, MI.

View full descriptions and apply through the MSU careers page. Search for posting 764914 using the Job Search field or email msue.hr@msu.edu for questions. 

Yooper Produce, Bark River, MI
Yooper Produce is located in Bark River. They run a CSA program. Looking for people that would like to work either for a CSA share or for hire. They need weed management, harvesting, cleaning, and packaging help. Planting starts the first week of June. Harvesting starts the first week of July and goes through the end of September. Two hours per day in the mornings is preferred but can be flexible. Please call 906-280-5434 Laura.

Intern Positions and Farm Manager - Partridge Creek Farm, Ishpeming, MI
Partridge Creek Farm is a 501(c)3 educational farm in Ishpeming, Michigan with a mission of building a healthy, prosperous and empowered local community through food and wellness education. Over the past few years we have developed a robust internship program with the help of many inspiring young people. Here are the 2022 intern roles, please consider applying if you have an interest in a career in non-profits, community development, or regenerative agriculture.  Additionally, Partridge Creek Farm, in partnership with Ishpeming School District No.1, is building a downtown Intergenerational Farm and farm-to-school program and we are seeking a farm manager to help guide the farm planning, curriculum writing and eventually oversee the farm operations. Here is the role description. Please reach out to May with any questions, may@partridgecreekfarm.org.
 
Farmer - Delta Garden Farm, Garden MI
Seeking an experienced farmer to help with cattle operation and grain crops on an 800+ acre farm in Garden, Michigan on the Upper Peninsula. Now accepting applications. Farmer is responsible for daily care, health, and over all well-being of cattle and will have experience in hay or grain production. Applicants should have the ability to lift up to 50lbs, able to operate various farm equipment, and provide basic repair and maintenance. Compensation is competitive based on experience.  Housing is available for this position. Please forward a summary of your current skills and relevant work history to deltagardenfarm@gmail.com or contact us at 773-929-6007. Please also include a contact number so we can call you to discuss the opportunity further.

Multiple Positions - Seeds & Spores Family Farm, Chocolay, MI
Seeds and Spores Family Farm is located in Chocolay Township, twelve miles south of Marquette. Our diverse "beyond organic" farm is home to eleven hoop houses, five acres of produce, perennial fruits, medicinal herbs, hemp, and pasture raised livestock. We are in the process of assembling our farm crew for the 2022 season. There are three or four open positions, one of which includes running our pack shed on harvest/wash/pack days. All positions include working as a team under the guidance of experienced farm managers. The preferred commitment is full time between May 1st and October 31st, and all crew members must be able to preform manual labor in all types of weather. Prior agricultural experience is favorable. If you are interested in learning more, please send a note and resume to seedsandspores@gmail.com.

Farm Manager Position - Lake Effect Farm, Copper Harbor, MI
Lake Effect Farm is tucked in and around Trails End Campground in Copper Harbor MI. They transitioned the farm from a community garden to a production farm in Spring of 2021. They are looking to complete infrastructure in 2022, and move into winter production. They are looking for someone to grow with them as they build this farm. 

The Farm Manager at Lake Effect Farm is primarily responsible for the day to day operations of the farm. The Farm Manager works closely with the Field crew and the owners to ensure that the farm is profitable through organic vegetable production, sales, and tours and event management.  The manager will be responsible for managing, planning and overseeing the success of this farm. This ranges from field preparation through quality harvest and product delivery and sales. If you're a person that thrives in the outdoors, has high regard for good food, enjoys physical activity, finds problem solving exciting, loves people and is a natural leader plus enjoys getting your hands dirty; this job might be for you. Click here to learn more and to apply.


FOR SALE: Simmental Bulls, mature and young, registered and non-registered. Call Duane Kolpack (906) 362-6862.

FOR SALE: 2nd and 3rd crop alfalfa, small square bales. Marenger Potato Farm, Flat Rock. (906) 384-6587.

FOR SALE: Hay, large square bales 3x3x7.75 Timothy grass, 4,000 to sell. Former dairy farm doing all big square bales hay. Call Dave Bell in the EUP 906-440-6455 or email Bellsdairy@yahoo.com. Also a realtor in the UP so contact me for real estate here, Dave@smith-company.com.

Beautiful property in the Upper Michigan, 130 acres In Perkins for sale or pasture for rent for livestock for the 2021 season. Beautiful river running through it. Great for hunting, building or developing, or simple grazing livestock. Land is divided into 9 paddocks with high tensile electric fence and 5 stock watering ponds. Call (906) 359-4825.

FARM FOR SALE: Upper Peninsula Farm with over 1,100 acres, water access, maple syrup production, and much more! Contact Henry DeGroot (906) 238-4251, hjdegroot@alphacomm.net. Upper Peninsula Farm For Sale | Wells Township | Shady Lane Farms (wixsite.com).

Have something to list? Email your listing to ehopp@marquettefood.coop and Eli will add it to the next edition!
Culture
Announcing the Ninth Edition of Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism in the U.S. Food System
The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is pleased to share the ninth edition of An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System. Updates include 100 new publication citations and 25 new video resources. The annotated bibliography offers a foundation for learning and communicating about structural racism in the U.S. food system. The first edition was published in 2015. This edition includes 450 publications and 60 videos—for a total of 510 references—that explore structural racism across the national food system and in specific food sectors and geographies. The annotated format is useful for food systems practitioners, policymakers, researchers, educators, scholars, authors, activists, and students. The references are also compiled in a Zotero group library to make it easier for users to access and cite the annotated bibliography sources. Zotero is a free citation management software. Most references in this and previous editions were crowd-sourced – collected via a nationwide request sent through food systems networks. 

For more information, contact Rich Pirog, rspirog@msu.edu, or Rachel Kelly, kellyra2@msu.edu at MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.

This work was supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

More to read...

Check out the U.P. Food Exchange's website here.
Check out the UPFE Online Marketplace for institutional purchasers here
Check out Michigan's Conservation Districts website here
Check out the Western U.P. Food System Council's website here.
Check out the Michigan's On-Farm Produce Safety website here
Check out the Taste the Local Difference newsletter here.
Check out the MSU UP Research & Extension Center monthly newsletter here.
Check out Marquette Food Co-op's newsletter here.



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