UPFE Special Updates

Cultivating Food Safety on the Farm

UPFE Farm Safety Training - Saturday March 12


Exciting Changes to UP Farm & Food Directory

Partnership Announcement: Taste The Local Difference  

Other Upcoming Events

Leap Day For Conservation - February 29
MSU Master Gardner Class - March 3
UP Ag for Tomorrow Conference - March 8
Great Lakes Hop & Barley Conference - March 16-17

UPFE EVENT: Cultivating Food Safety on the Farm


Saturday, March 12
Marquette Charter Township
300 Commerce Drive
Marquette, MI 49855

Food safety is a significant consideration for all farms, especially those selling wholesale produce. If the thought of navigating certifications, wading through paperwork, and creating a farm food safety plan seem daunting, this training is for you. Come get an overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act, learn the latest in farm food safety, find out about GroupGAP in Michigan, and get help developing or updating your farm's food safety plan. you will be in good company as you join farmers from around the UP who are working together to create a culture of food safety.
This training is required for farms supplying produce to the Marquette Food Co-op. 

Register here by March 4 or by calling 906 225-0671 x 725

Exciting Changes to U.P. Food & Farm Directory 

UPFE Partners with Taste the Local difference

The UP Food Exchange has found a great opportunity to improve the UP Food & Farm Directory through Taste the Local Difference, a local food marketing enterprise based out of Traverse City, MI.  Starting this year, Taste the Local Difference will take responsibility for publishing our yearly guide. It will be called the "Guide to Local Food in Northern Michigan".  The guide will encompass the UP and Northern Lower Michigan with the UP having its own section.

There is no fee for farms in this new format, however other businesses will no longer receive a free listing in the directory/guide.  Both farms and businesses are invited to advertise in this publication. We believe that Taste the Local Difference’s leadership on this project will provide great advertising value by extending market reach in print and online. This professional and attractive guide with its expanded features and options will draw attention to the amazing local food work that all of you are doing here in the UP.

To find out more contact TLD Operations Manager Tricia Phelps at  For information about advertising, please contact . The deadline for being included in this publication is March 11.

Leap Day for Conservation


Monday, February 29  6:30 pm
Peter White Public Library
Open to the public


We are using February's extra day to join the ongoing discussion about conserving our multiple intertwined ecosystems. The event's topic is "Climate Change and Upper Peninsula Forests: Risks, Opportunities, and Ways to Adapt" and will feature a presentation by Stephen Handler of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.  The Marquette Conservation District, Michigan Forestry Assistance Program, and other community partners including UPFE will be showcasing related displays.

MSU Extension Master Gardener Class Begins In March

Thursdays, 6-10pm
March 3-June 2 2016
315 Armory Place
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783

To enroll in the Master Gardening training, please complete the registration and agreement forms online at  The last day to register online is Feb. 19th.  Register by Feb. 5th if paying by check)

UP Ag for Tomorrow Conference

Tuesday, March 8
Bay de Noc Community College Main Campus
Joseph Heirman University Center 
2001 N Lincoln Road 
Escanaba, MI 49828

Do you farm for profit? Do you want the latest crop, livestock and farm management information for the U.P.? If so, the Michigan State University Extension’s Agriculture for Tomorrow Conference is something you won’t want to miss. Get the latest information and ideas from Upper Peninsula farmers, Michigan State University Extension and industry experts.

Opening session keynote speaker will be Diane Hanson, Delta County Farmer, MI Ag Commission Member on the theme "Advocating for Upper Peninsula Agriculture".

Register early to receive a $10 discount!!! Cost to register is $25 for pre-registration. After Feb. 24, the cost is $35 to register. Lunch and materials are included in the cost.

Online registration is available until March 2, 2016.

Input sought for meat processing feasibility study

The Upper Peninsula Multi-species Processing Facility Study Project will be conducting a listening session following the Agriculture for Tomorrow Conference from 4:30-5:30 pm at Bay College to better understand producer challenges to local meat processing and interest in additional USDA slaughterhouse and processing capacity.

This is just the first of several opportunities for producers to provide input to the project. For additional information contact Michelle Walk at or (906) 635-6368.

Great Lakes Hop & Barley Conference

Thursday, March 16-17
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd.
Acme, MI 49610

The conference will feature separate basic and advanced sessions for hop growers as well as a barley session and malting tour that is designed for both growers and brewers. Several prominent speakers from around the country will be on hand to discuss: horticultural practices, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, and much more. Click here for more information and to register. 

Central Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

UPFE Policy Commitee Meeting

(First Tuesday of every month) 

Tuesday March 1, 9am at the Marquette Food Co-op
Contact Natasha Lantz at or 906-225-0671 x 711 for more information

CUP Farm to School Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 16 at 4 pm 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 Health Department in Hancock, 540 Depot Street, behind McGanns Hardware in the blue building. Contact Ray Sharp at (906) 482-7382, Ext. 163 for more information.

Eastern Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

EUP Food Hub Steering Committee

Third Wednesday of the month
March 16, 9-10:30 am CLM Conservation District Office

Please contact Michelle Walk at or 906-635-6368 orHeather Hemming at if you would like to become involved in this committee.


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