Michigan Statewide Organizing

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From the short course "Organizing Farm to School Statewide: Collaboration Models for Program, Policy, and Success of Scale" at the Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Thursday, March 13, 2009. Portland, OR.

Contact Colleen Matts at matts@msu.edu for more information.

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Michigan Statewide Organizing

  1. 1. Colleen Matts Farm to School Specialist C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems Michigan State University
  2. 2. C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage communities in applied research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and outreach to promote sustainable food systems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve access and availability of locally-produced food </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Current Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Farm to School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Farmers Markets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hoop Houses for Season Extension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan Youth Farm Stand Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organic Agriculture Production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable Food Business Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kellogg Food and Fitness Initiative </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Michigan Farm to School Farm to School programs began in northwest Michigan Traverse City Area Public Schools Michigan Land Use Institute Conducted Farm to School survey of Michigan food service directors 2004 C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems Michigan Department of Education
  4. 4. Michigan Farm to School 2005 Convened Farm to School Coalition Meetings Governor Granholm signed Executive Order establishing Michigan Food Policy Council Food System Economic Partnership launched in southeast Michigan 5 County Administrators C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems MFPC Executive Coordinator MSU Extension
  5. 5. Michigan Farm to School 2006 Michigan Food Policy Council published Report of Recommendations 2007 Food System Economic Partnership hires Farm to School Coordinator C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems hires Farm to School Specialist
  6. 6. Michigan Farm to School 2008 Farm to School Conference held in Northwest Michigan Michigan Land Use Institute Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Rep. Gonzalez introduced bill to raise small purchase threshold Farm to School bill package introduced
  7. 7. Michigan Farm to School 2008 Michigan Farm to School Website launched Purchasing Michigan Products: A Step-By-Step Guide released Traverse City Area Public Schools Food System Economic Partnership Lakeview School District (Battle Creek) Beth Collins, Chef/Consultant C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems Michigan Department of Education School Nutrition Association of Michigan
  8. 8. Michigan Farm to School 2008 House and Senate Agriculture Committee hearings held for Farm to School bills Food System Economic Partnership Michigan Land Use Institute Center for Economic Security Cherry Capital Foods Distributor School Food Service Directors Farmers Governor Granholm Signed Farm to School bills C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
  9. 9. Michigan Farm to School <ul><li>Contact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colleen Matts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Farm to School Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan State University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu </li></ul></ul>

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