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TLD - Taste the Local Difference
Registration Deadline - January 31st 2017

The compiling and distribution of the UP Food and Farm Directory has been transferred to the local food marketing agency "Taste The Local Difference" out of Traverse City.  If you're interested in having your farm or business listed free of charge, visit and register before January 31st.  There are also opportunities for advertising in their annual hard copy editions as well as paid expanded listings.  Email Tricia from TLD at for more information. 


Bee keeping 101 with Superior Beekeeping Club
January 28th - 10:30 am - Peter White Public Library

If you are thinking about getting into beekeeping this year, now is the time to start preparing.  Join the Superior Beekeeping Club on January 28th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm downstairs in the Peter White Public Library, in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center.  They will discuss roles and life cycles of a honeybee and the colony as well as helping you get a grasp on what you will need to buy prior to the arrival of your honeybees.  (Note: bee ordering will not take place at this class, but at a later date.)

MOSES Ticket Giveaway

The Midwest Organic and and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farming Conference will be held in La Crosse, Wisconsin February 23-25th.  The UP Research and Extension Center (UPREC) has an additional ticket to this event which they are giving away via random drawing.  If you would like to enter for a chance to attend the MOSES conference free of charge visit this website and enter your name.  The winner will be notified via email by January 30th and arrangements to accept the tickets will be made at that same time.

Donating Excess Produce

For farmers and gardeners who’d like to donate produce to food pantries – where do you start? The purpose of this document is to provide a quick reference guide to the organizations that have the facilities and capacity to accept large fresh produce donations in the Marquette area. The information compiled here is a starting point created by MSU Extension Intern Joe Snowaert for Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center as part of his involvement in food systems development and food waste elimination this past summer. This list can be found at

Eastern Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

Contact Michelle Walk at or Heather Hemming at for more information.

Central Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

UPFE Policy Committee Meeting

First Tuesday of every month

Tuesday, February 7th at 9 am at the Marquette Food Co-op
Contact Sarah Monte at or (906) 225-0671 x 723 for more information

CUP Farm to School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 31st - 9 am at the Marquette Food Co-op
Contact Sarah Monte for more information at or (906) 225-0671 x 723

Western Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

WUP Food Hub Steering Committee

Meetings are held at the Hancock Health Department, 540 Depot Street, behind McGanns Hardware.  Contact Ray Sharp at (906) 482-7382 x 163 for more information.

More to read. . .

Check out UPREC's monthly newsletter here

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