michigan

Alarming step in MI to outlaw heritage pigs

March 7, 2012
Alarming step in MI to outlaw heritage pigs

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources has declared many heritage breeds that small farmers now sell to high end chefs as “invasive species.” unless that changes these farmers will lose important markets along with animal come April when the “destroy” order comes into effect.

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Pure Michigan coming to MI agriculture

January 15, 2012
Pure Michigan coming to MI agriculture

Pure Michigan is one of the strongest destination brands in the world. Now Michigan farmers can use it to connect with shoppers.

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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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Local demand re-shaping market links from farmer to consumer

November 4, 2011
Van Buren County blueberry grower Pedro Bautista is one of the founders of the new Farmers on the Move cooperative and brand. Photo credit: Patty Cantrell

Consumer demand for new taste, transparency, and trust in their food is in fact spurring a new business model – a food value chain —that some entrepreneurs are embracing.

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Making way for cottage food entrepreneurs

November 4, 2011
Making way for cottage food entrepreneurs

Nayyirah Shariff is on her way to an entrepreneur’s life of making signature products, employing local people, and investing in her home state of Michigan. The young woman from Flint has her marching orders from customers who have lined up every week to buy her sweet and savory fresh-baked, organic artisan breads. Now she’s putting [...]

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Cracks in Produce Supply Chain Show Local Food Potential

October 28, 2011
Cracks in Produce Supply Chain Show Local Food Potential

America’s ever-adaptive produce delivery system is coming to grips with a local food movement that may have more traction than meets the eye.

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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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