UP Food Exchange Newsletter
September 2016
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Michigan Local Food Council Network Meeting

September 29, 2016 10 am - 2:30 pm
UP Research and Extension Center
Rock River Rd. Chatham, MI

Come share lunch and conversation with other local food councils, plus policy updates and discussion. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome! For more details please check out the event poster here and follow this link to RSVP.

2016 Michigan Good Food Summit

October 28, 2016
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
East Lansing, MI

Whether you’re a food consumer, grower, buyer, advocate, educator, or policymaker, come to connect with others who want to further good food - food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable. Visit their events page for more information and to register!

Farm To School Workshop

Sept.  22, 2016 6:30-8:30 PM
MSU Extension Office
S. 904 US HWY 41, Stephenson, MI

There will be a brief presentation on the different components of farm to school (farm to cafeteria, school gardens, classroom activities and on-farm education programs) and different models for implementation. This will be followed by a discussion to answer questions.

Who should attend?
Teachers interested in engaging students in the classroom or in the garden, food service staff, parents, community members interested in supporting farm to school activities, and farmers interested in sourcing product to the school or hosting educational activities on their farm.

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but we ask that you RSVP at this link.


Philip Kelm of Gitchee Gumee Ciderworks is looking for feral apples!
If you're interested in having your school, business, or organization participate in Michigan's 4th Annual Apple Crunch please contact Sarah Monte at or (906) 225-0671 x723.

Farming Far North: The North Farm to Host On-Farm Short Courses

Seed Saving– October 9 · 1-6 pm
Extension short courses are scheduled at the North Farm to support Upper Peninsula citizens’ use of season extension technologies to produce food both for themselves and for the local markets.

The primary goal of The North Farm, a collaborative operation supported by Michigan State University Extension and Michigan State University AgBioResearch located in Chatham, Michigan, is to support the growth of new farmers producing nutrient-rich food for Upper Peninsula markets.
The North Farm is hosting a series of MSU Extension short courses starting in April on topics designed for market gardeners, small farms, and skill-seekers interested in diversified vegetable production. These short courses are an in-depth exploration of farming fundamentals and best practices for diversified vegetable growers.
Each five-hour learning session has an emphasis on hands-on activities so participants can practice what they learn, and includes the cost of materials for a project. “
All workshops will be held on Sundays on-site starting at 1 pm EST and will include a combination of experiential and classroom-based learning. Short courses qualify for education hours through the MSU Extension Master Gardener program.  

Registration is required for these events and can be accessed at here
Questions? Contact Abbey Palmer at or 906-439-5114.
The Forsyth Senior Center's garden is blooming!
The project covers the grounds of the center, located in Gwinn, and raises starts for local farm to school programming as well as offering produce to seniors.

Central Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

UPFE Policy Committee Meeting

First Tuesday of every month
Contact Natasha Lantz at or (906) 225-0671 x 711 for more information.

Eastern Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

EUP Healthy Access and Food Hub Steering Committee

Third Wednesday of every month
Contact Michelle Walk at or (906) 6368 or Heather Hemming at for more information.


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

Check out MFC's newsletter here

Check out UPFE's website here

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