Report Released On UPFE's Group GAP Pilot Project

The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems recently released their case study on UPFE's 2014 Group GAP Pilot Project. This case study provides an overview of the processes, challenges, benefits, and lessons learned from the Group Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) pilot project in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The project goal was to test how a group-based farm-based food safety certification process could benefit small farmers.Click here to access the report. 


educational events and opportunities


Saturday July 25, 8;30-3:30pm EDT
E3774 University Dr.,
Chatham,. MI 49816

Join the UPREC staff on Saturday, July 25th at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, located in Chatham, Mich., to tour the various research efforts underway at the farm. Featured topics include: grazing and pasture management, the Chatham Red Angus herd, malting barley and forage variety trials, season extension technologies at the North Farm, and a rainfall simulation to illustrate infiltration. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the South Farm, located at E3774 University Drive, less than one mile south of the Village of Chatham on Highway M-94. The tour will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with transportation provided throughout the Farm. 

A free lunch is provided, sponsored by the Hiawathaland Farm Bureau, but registration is strongly encouraged so everyone can be accommodated. Register here.

MSU Forage Field Days In Ontonagon and Chippewa Counties

You are invited to attend informal, outdoor educational events at Ontonagon and Chippewa area farm visits. U.P. MSU Extension educators and host farmers will be leading discussion. Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Extension Specialist will be on-site to answer questions. Please click on the links below for more details.

Ontonagon County Forage Field Day
Chippewa County Forage Field Day

Aqua Growers of MI Host Three Day Aquaponic Workshop

September 18-20 9am–4:30 pm
Carleton, MI

This is a “hands on” Aquaponics course taught by R. Charlie Shultz 
Topics Include:
*      Water Quality
*      Integrated Pest Management-Fish/Plants
*      Guidelines for Aquaponics
*      Thinking of Polyculture or Alternative Species
*      Organic Certification Update             
*      Tilapia Lecture (breeding, fry rearing, grow out, processing & harvest
*      Plant Lecture (media, seedlings, harvesting, UVI System)
*      Construction of a System
*      UVI System Design & Management Lecture
*      Business Plan & Marketing Your Business
This special course will be held at the Aqua Grower's greenhouse and teaching facility located in Carleton, Michigan.  Early registration is now open with a special early bird registration offer.  Reserve your seat now with just a $100 deposit and pay the balance by August 22. Learn more and register on the Aqua Grower's website


announcements and dates to remember


Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance

Supporting local food production can improve economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses and give residents better access to healthy, fresh food. It can also spur revitalization of a main street, downtown, or neighborhood by bringing new activity. Communities interested in these benefits are invited to apply for technical assistance from the Local Foods, Local Places Program. The application deadline is September 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Local Foods, Local Places will provide direct technical support to selected communities. A team of experts will help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and communities and to drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The assistance process features a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them.

Representatives of communities (including neighborhoods or main street districts) anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply. We encourage applications from communities that are economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization. Special consideration will be given to communities in federally designated Promise Zones or USDA StrikeForce counties.

Local Foods, Local Places is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority, and the White House Rural Council.

For more information and a link to the application, visit

Structural Racism Present in the US Food System Annotated Bibliography

This publication was released earlier in 2015 by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and has recently been revised and updated. The annotated bibliography lists selected resources and publications focused on structural racism in the U.S. food system focusing on the current research and outreach efforts. Revised June 2015.

Central Food Hub Upcoming Meetings

UPFE Policy Commitee Meeting

(First Tuesday of every month) 

Tuesday August 4, 9am at the Marquette Food Co-op

CUP Farm to School Committee Meeting

Tabled for the summer.

Contact Natasha Lantz at or 906-225-0671 x 711 for more information about CUP food hub committees.

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

August 19, 9-10:30AM CLM Conservation District Office

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

EUP Healthy Food Access Commitee

(First Wednesday of the month)
August 5, 11am-noon Sault Tribe Health Center Auditorium

Please contact Heather Hemming at if you are interested in being involved with this committee.


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