Food and Farm Bill

Food Hubs: Solving Local

February 27, 2014
Food Hubs: Solving Local

What is “local food.” And how do you get the generally smaller scale stuff into larger-scale grocery stores, restaurants, and cafeterias? The new National Good Food Network report — Food Hubs: Solving Local — shows how local food is getting onto those shelves and staying true to farmers and communities in the process. Co-authored by Patty Cantrell, Regional Food Solutions LLC, Solving Local presents five case studies that illustrate successful food hub and industry partnerships.

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Making Economic Sense of Local Good Food

February 26, 2014
Why do we pick, pack, and pickle cucumbers when we can buy the finished product for half the cost? Because we want to!

Why do we pursue local food when it doesn’t always pencil out? Why are we here? Why are we growing in number, gaining in influence, growing jobs and yummy food, and putting local food in schools like nobody’s business? Because we want to! That’s why.

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Lenders learn how to bank on small farms, local food

February 3, 2012
Lenders learn how to bank on small farms, local food

 Financing team offers training as part of healthy food initiative  By Patty Cantrell  Nic Welty employs himself full time year-round raising lettuce, spinach, and other leafy greens in three low-cost passive solar greenhouses, which together cover less than one acre of land. His Nine Bean Rows farm near Traverse City, MI, is one of many [...]

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Public health concerns spur produce-market growth

November 4, 2011
Public health concerns spur produce-market growth

Sam Shina’s family owns 14 small grocery stores in Detroit. One of them could soon be part of a market incentive experiment designed to improve public health, expand sales for Michigan farmers, and grow local economies.

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Wanted: Grassroots Push for Good Food Programs

October 28, 2011
Renee DeWindt sources dozens of local farm products as school food service champion in Michigan's Benzie and Onekama schools.

Michigan residents will play an important role in the 2012 Food and Farm Bill. The butterflies, young farmers, and school lunches need you, Michigan.

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