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Taste the Local Difference to Produce Magazine with 'Traverse'

TLD | February 3, 2015 | By MyNorth

New this year, MyNorth Media, publishers of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, will produce Michigan Land Use Institute’s Taste the Local Difference as a magazine that combines the utility of the previous maps with fascinating stories and stunning ph...

Kids Are Cooking It Up in Northern Michigan

FoodCorps | January 19, 2015 | By Meghan McDermott

Two chefs enter the room, prepared to demonstrate the latest dish they’ve learned to perfect. The audience is at the edge of their seats, craning to catch a glimpse of every last ingredient and technique required to recreate the recipe at home. But this i...

Agriculture Forum: A definition of food, almost

Food and Farming Network | January 19, 2015 | By Bill Palladino

Everything we do revolves around food, yet it’s not so easy to define. Go ahead, give it a shot. Now take that definition and ask yourself: Do soft-drinks qualify? How about alcoholic beverages, or bottled water, or fast-food or a protein bar with mysteri...

Fundraisers Benefit Northern Michigan Farms, Schools

Farm to School | November 13, 2014 | By Meghan McDermott

For 15 years, Central Lake Elementary School has participated in the Farmer to Community Fundraiser, a program that has students selling locally grown produce, fish, meat, honey, milk, and jam to raise funds for school field trips in the spring. Dozens of...

Advancing connections between local food and health

Food, Farms, Health | October 20, 2014 | By Sarah Eichberger

The Michigan Land Use Institute convened food, farm and health leaders from throughout the northwest Michigan region and state to brainstorm, network and plan on how local food can be used to promote good health. ...

Area schools celebrate National Farm to School Month

Farm to School | October 17, 2014 | By MLUI

Schools throughout northwest Lower Michigan are cooking up locally grown food for lunch this October as part of National Farm to School Month....

FoodCorps is keeping busy

Farm to School | October 1, 2014 | By MLUI

October is National Farm to School Month! For the next 31 days, we’re celebrating local food in school cafeterias, gardens in schoolyards and food & ag education in classrooms. To kick the month off right, we wanted to share some of the great stories from...

Northwest Michigan’s Farm to School Program Thrives

Farm to School | September 19, 2014 | By Diane Conners

In Northern Michigan Kids news, schools across northwest Michigan have been serving up local food experiences in cafeterias, classrooms, and school gardens, and we’ll be sharing some of those stories each month. It’s a concerted effort to get kids excited...

Ag Forum: In a digital world, is agriculture still relevant?

Ag Forum | September 18, 2014 | By Bill Palladino

Yet despite technology’s advancements, the last time I checked food isn’t grown by the judicious application of ones and zeros. Websites don’t plant seeds, and microchips don’t worry about organic certification audits. I’ve never known a software company ...

Win tickets for Harvest@theCommons

Harvest | September 8, 2014 | By MLUI

On October 11, MLUI will present Harvest@theCommons, a community farm-to-table event that will feature the best ingredients northern Michigan has to offer. You are invited! Not only to the event, but to help generate a buzz about all the good work this co...

Master Gardener Scholarship Application Deadline Aug 6th

Gardening | July 25, 2014

We’re two weeks away from the deadline to apply for a scholarship for the Fall 2014 Master Gardener Training Program. Applications must be received by August 6th. Follow this link to download the application.*...

Pick of the Week: Zucchini

Fresh to TC | July 25, 2014 | By Rebecca Fisher

One of the things that struck me about northern Michigan is the high quality of life. Part of that characteristic is the access to fresh and high quality produce. I have immensely enjoyed the opportunity to go the farmers market and to get to cook my own ...

Ag Forum: Too many accolades — no way!

Local food | July 24, 2014 | By Bill Palladino

If you’re anything like I used to be, your eyes roll every time you hear of yet another “best of” accolade for the Grand Traverse region. I’ve long been a bit cynical about community self-aggrandizement. But last week, while taking a trip to the East Coas...

The Value of a Farmers Market

Fresh to TC | July 9, 2014 | By Rebecca Fisher

It’s a fresh Northern Michigan Wednesday morning. From many feet away, you can hear the noise of the Sara Hardy Farmers Market. You can hear the chattering floating through the air along with laughter of children and other bustling noises that add to the ...

Taste the Local Difference™ 2014 launches at Tom’s Food Markets

Taste the Local Difference | July 1, 2014 | By MLUI

Tom’s is the proving ground for a new marketing strategy featuring brightly colored “shelf talker” labels, designed to help shoppers identify the local food throughout the stores. The shelf talkers also show how far each product was grown or made from tha...

Pick of the Week: Strawberries

Pick of the Week | June 26, 2014 | By Rebecca Fisher

They’ve arrived! You have 2-3 weeks to go to the farmer’s market and pick up your own quart of these sweet, beautiful berries. I bought mine from Bardenhagen Berries and I can guarantee they are absolutely delicious. (Editor’s note: She’s not lying. Holy ...

Why we buy local food

TLD | June 13, 2014 | By Bill Palladino

Buying local is a personal choice. But what our research appears to be saying is: Don’t judge local products by their price alone. Take a minute to understand the impact the production of cheap food, made thousands of miles away, has on the community wher...

Pick of the Week: Spinach

Fresh to TC | June 13, 2014 | By Rebecca Fisher

So far this summer, one of my favorite things to do is leave the office on a Wednesday morning to run down to the farmers market. ...

Pick of the Week: Asparagus

Fresh to TC | June 9, 2014 | By Rebecca Fisher

Since I arrived in Traverse City, I have not stopped hearing about the asparagus. So I wasn’t too surprised when I went to the farmers market last week and asparagus was everywhere. ...

Ten Cents a Meal program is expanding

10 Cents a Meal | May 28, 2014 | By Diane Conners

If you are a northwest Michigan farmer who grows fruits or vegetables and you like the idea of local school children eating the food you grow—or you just want more sales—now is the time to explore those new markets. The Michigan Land Use Institute and Tr...

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