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Posted Jul 25, 2014 @ 12:21 PM
Oh, the Places We’ll Go: How Michigan Blueberries Move Through Our Food System.   The food and agriculture industry is a major driver of Michigan's economy, contributing $94 billion annually. This figure jumped 50 percent from 2004 to 2010 with the majority of growth coming...
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Posted Jul 9, 2014 @ 1:41 PM
DETROIT — Before I visited The Motor City, I had a visual of abandoned buildings and urban food deserts. After I spent the day seeing stores and talking to motivated, energetic people committed to increasing fresh produce consumption, I have to admit their enthusiasm is contagious.
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Posted Jun 25, 2014 @ 9:06 AM
Maurice Walters just graduated from Erie Community College culinary school and is looking for a job. ose Gomez was forced to retire early for a variety of health reasons, including cancer. Despite their challenges, the two Buffalo men were happy Friday, when they became among the first in the...
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Posted Jun 25, 2014 @ 8:31 AM
After a 3-year battle in the U.S. House and Senate, the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) was passed on February 4, 2014, securing a bipartisan, 5-year piece of comprehensive legislation that provides a strong foundation for the food security of millions of American families, supports the...
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Posted Jun 25, 2014 @ 8:11 AM
CHICAGO — Starting Aug. 1, three SpartanNash stores plan to implement a pilot program to encourage produce purchases through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. The East Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer partnered with the Fair Food Network on its Double...
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Posted Jun 11, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
Our fifth season of Double Up Food Bucks in Michigan farmers markets kicks off this month at 150+ participating sites! In honor of our incredible on-site partners and countless organizations statewide that make this program a success, we wanted to share our list of top 10 reasons why Michigan...
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Posted Jun 9, 2014 @ 8:17 AM
For 40 years, the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market has given an avenue for local farmers to sell fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables to eager residents.   The Farmers’ Market opens at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday in Island Park. As an important support network for area farmers, the...
Posted Jun 4, 2014 @ 12:22 PM
Good Food Battle Creek wants to improve access to healthy food by bringing residents, growers, nonprofits, and other concerned folks together to address challenges in the local food system. If you really are what you eat, then what does it mean for a city where nearly one-third of residents lives...
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Posted May 28, 2014 @ 4:09 PM
W.K. Kellogg Foundation names Fair Food Network’s Meredith Freeman as a member of the inaugural class of the WKKF Community Leadership Network.    The recently launched program supports established and emerging community leaders working to help vulnerable children and their...
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Posted May 13, 2014 @ 10:33 AM
More than 130 residents and community leaders gathered in Battle Creek, Michigan late March for the second annual good food summit.    A highlight was the keynote by Detroit-based activist and educator Malik Yakini. Malik is a passionate advocate—equal parts warmth and warrior...