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Our Voices: Good School Food in the News

December 1, 2011 | By Diane Conners

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Did you see the news? Schools in northwest Michigan were cooking up local food and fun activities all fall, and these tasty school food efforts stirred up some great media attention. We’re highlighting a lot of links to great media coverage of our region’s farm to school activities

Check out this press advisory to see how busy our region was in October for Farm to School Month. November started busy, too, with this event.

Our Northwest Michigan FoodCorps members, Daniel Marbury and Kirsten Gerbatsch, were at the core of a lot of this great activity. Here’s a TV link, a photo spread in the Traverse City Record-Eagle, a link to a Leelanau Enterprise article, and an article on Benzie and Suttons Bay programs that were featured in the Grand Traverse Insider. Daniel also was featured in the national online magazine Grist, and Kirsten was featured in a CNN blog.

Daniel Marbury serves up fresh local squash to Interlochen Elementary students.


Here’s great TV coverage on the school food initiative at Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools.

There’s more coming. For example, the home economics class at Frankfort High School cut local corn-on-the-cob and froze it so it could be served at a special, upcoming Christmas lunch at school.

And, hot-off-the-press, here’s a news announcement from Cherry Capital Foods, a local foods distributor in northwest and west Michigan. The company has big news about an 800 percent increase in orders from schools for the products that our region’s farms grow.

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