A Letter from Michelle Walk -
Dear Plowshare Readers:
I would like to express my deepest thanks and gratitude to Natasha Lantz as she leaves her role with the U.P. Food Exchange. For those that aren’t aware, she left the Marquette Food Co-op in early October to pursue other interests. The two of us together, along with many other individuals and partner organizations, have worked to build what UPFE is today and continue to work in supporting community food system work through our respective roles. The Marquette Food Co-op is committed to continuing to support a lot of the back end functions of UPFE, including the online marketplace, the website and our monthly newsletter, The Plowshare. Event and workshop coordination will be handled more by MSU Extension. At least in the short term, I will likely play a larger role as a point of contact, but the contact number at the Co-op for UPFE will continue to be active. Sarah Monte, who many of you are already familiar with, will be taking leadership of the Outreach Department at the Co-op. Look for more information in future issues of the Plowshare regarding how we will be moving specific projects forward. For now, please feel free to contact Sarah or myself if you have questions. As we wish Natasha well in whatever she does next, we are also looking forward to what is next for UPFE.