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Western U.P. Food Systems Council Meeting and Workshop - Watersmeet

In partnership with Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Michigan State University Extension & Center for Regional Food Systems, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan Technological University, and the Western U.P. Planning & Development Region, we are pleased to invite you to the next Western U.P. Food Systems Council Meeting in Watersmeet, MI at the Northern Waters Casino Resort on May 15th.

Join us for a full day of honoring our local food systems or join us for part of the day!


8:30-9:00 AM Welcome and Registration
9:00-10:00 Leek Presentation by Michelle Jarvie (MSU Extension)
10:00-11:15 Wild Foraging Field Trip
11:15-12:30 PM Cooking Class and Taste Testing
12:30-1:30 Lunch and Sacred Harvest Teaching
1:30-3:00 PM Western U.P. Food Systems Council Meeting

Join us for a spring celebration of our local food systems. We will invite you to bring stories, art, skills, needs, or knowledge you wish to share in support of a stronger Western UP Food System. Come to share and come to learn.

All are welcome. This event is free! We look forward to seeing you!

Please forward this invitation on to whomever else might be interested in attending.

Please RSVP by emailing Let us know if you'll be joining us for the meal, as well as if you will be able to join us for the full day or part of the day.

Questions? Contact Rachael Pressley at

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Michigan Racial Equity in the Food System Summit - Kalamazoo, MI

The Summit will focus on education, dialogue, and inspiring advocacy concerning structural inequities in the food system. Sessions will center on the theme of access to power as

it relates to land, labor and food by historically marginalized communities.

Keynote speaker for the event is renown chef and writer Tunde Wey, who uses food to help illustrate institutional inequities that exist in food and health. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is open! Click here:

Registration is $50 per person. Need-based scholarships are available. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a discount code to use when registering.

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21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge from Food Solutions New England - Online

The 2019 Racial Equity Challenge starts on April 1st!

As part of their commitment to racial equity and food justice, the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) network is dedicated to normalizing conversations about the role of racism in shaping our food systems (local, regional, national and global).

We believe it benefits us all to have greater collective capacity and courage to identify and address the different ways that bias, prejudice, privilege, and oppression show up in our work and lives.

This Challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving and has been adapted by Food Solutions New England with support from the Interaction Institute for Social Change. The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact the food system, to connect with one another, to identify ways to dismantle racism and become better leaders for a more just, equitable food system

More information and registration here:

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Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning, and Farm Preservation Through Diversification - Chatham, MI

Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning, and Farm Preservation through Diversification

With commodity prices low and interest rates climbing, local farmers are looking for alternative ways to generate income on their farms. In response, local planning and zoning officials are seeking regulations that serve the public good and also support new income-generating activities on the farm.

Officials, farmers, and interested residents are invited to join MSU Extension educators and community partners to learn how to successfully maneuver through local regulations and to hear about policy best practices related to three of the most popular "farm diversification" strategies in Michigan:

Agritourism, value-added processing, and alternative energy generation.

The program will address:

  • Why farms are looking to diversify their operations

  • The unique perspective of local township officials

  • The scope of farmer protection under the Right to Farm Act

  • Local ordinance language and recommendations

  • Taxes and other financial considerations

  • Insurance recommendations

  • Examples from the field

  • Facilitated discussion

The day-long program will run from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Upper Peninsula Location:

Chatham: Monday, March 18
Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
E3774 University Dr., Chatham, MI 49816

The cost to attend the program is $20 and includes materials and lunch.
The program is sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau.
Hope to see you there!

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Western U.P. Food Systems Council Meeting - Ironwood, MI

The next Food Systems Council meeting will be held on March 6th at 6pm @ Gogebic Community College in Ironwood. Please RSVP via so that we may plan accordingly.

We look forward to further developing the Council’s mission, networking with local food system advocates, and hearing from local food groups such as the Gogebic Range Local Foodies. Food and drink will be provided.

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Glide 'N Gorge - Hancock, MI

For this unique event, you’ll start at the Four Seasons Chalet, located at the north west corner of the Houghton County Fair Grounds. As always, we welcome you to classic ski, snow shoe, or snow bike! Kids in pulls and dogs are also welcome.

Due to flood related trail closures the traditional ski down Swedetown Creek is in the process of being modified for this year’s course. But you can still expect to experience a fantastic skiing experience with your friends. The revised route will be announced soon but expect a ski roughly equivalent to the 3.5 mile course of years past.

Plan on a station for tasty appetizers, a toasty warm bon-fire and friendly conversations, along with a separate stop for bowls upon bowls of soups, stews, and chilies with plenty of homemade bread and hot and cold beverages awaiting your hungry arrival.

After sampling all of the delicious food and spending some time enjoying the fellowship of others, you will begin your journey to the GNG Grand Finale of mouth watering desserts as you enjoy live music at the Four Seasons Chalet. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible afternoon.

Tickets are $20 prior to the event, $25 the day of. To buy in person, visit Down Wind Sports in Houghton, Cross Country Sports in Calumet, or from any KNSC board member.
More information and on-line ticket sales are at

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