UP Food Exchange Newsletter
August 2016
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Together At The Farm Recap

With over 200 participants from Michigan and across the Midwest the first Together at the Farm Local Food Conference was a tremendous success!  The main Saturday event held 20 different informational sessions in addition to the Keynote from Eliot Coleman. Many thanks to everyone who presented and participated and a special thanks to this years sponsors: The Marquette Food Co-op, MSU Extension, UP Research and Extension Center, Western UP Health Department, MAEAP, UP4Health, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Energy Optimization, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, MSU College of Human Medicine, Morgan Composting, Inc., Hiawathaland Farm Bureau, mBank, and Northern Michigan University.

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! Please follow this link to RSVP.

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.


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

Whole Farm Health – August 28 · 1-6 pm
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.

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.


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.

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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