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Food Innovation District: New Economic Gardening Tool

April 6, 2012
Cherry Blossom Time, Benzie County Michigan, photo by John Clement Howe. http://tiny.cc/bgmccw

Toolkit in process: How communities can make space for local food and farm entrepreneurs to co-locate, collaborate, and grow.

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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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Food innovation districts work

November 4, 2011
Food innovation districts work

It’s widely understood in economic development circles that if you want new entrepreneurs to start up and grow, a good strategy is to bring them together and let the creativity roll. A good example is People’s Pierogi Collective, which grew in one year from a startup hot food cart at Detroit’s Eastern Market to contract [...]

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No foothold for Wal-Mart in Germany. But local food still loses.

October 13, 2010
No foothold for Wal-Mart in Germany. But local food still loses.

Five years ago, the international discount giant Wal-Mart started setting up shop in Germany, one of the last frontiers on Wal-Mart’s road to world domination of consumer product and grocery sales.

Today, Wal-Mart’s blue and white megastores are nowhere to be seen in this land of thousands of brands of local sausages and beer. But it was no local-economy protecting protestors that sent the big retailer packing. Quite the opposite.

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Urban Agriculture: A True WWII Story

October 5, 2010
Urban Agriculture: A True WWII Story

In the chaotic last weeks of the war, the Nazi government called on all the older men not yet fighting to take up arms and defend the country. The story goes that my great grandfather said Hitler could just kiss his ass, and he started planting another garden that spring instead.

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