Our Partners


Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development REgion

Regional planning agency whose mission is to “foster stable and diversified economies in the Western Upper Peninsula”. Planners provide technical assistance to local units of government while proposing development projects that impact local communities in the Western U.P.


Keweenaw Bay Indian Community- Natural REsource Department

The Natural Resources Department administers natural resource programs for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on the L'Anse, Marquette, and Ontonagon reservations as well as the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan (1842 ceded territory). These programs encompass a variety of activities, including: Lake Superior fishery assessments, Baraga county stream assessments, surface water and ground water monitoring, air and radon studies, brownfield programs, wildlife and wetland management, environmental assessments, monitoring of metallic mining and exploration activity in the Lake Superior basin, community garden management, participation in the protection and enhancement of Lake Superior, and fish stocking from our hatchery.


Michigan Technological University

Our partners at MTU include: Dr. Valoree Gagnon, Director of University-Indigenous Community Partnerships at the Great Lakes Research Center; Dr. Angie Carter, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences; and Dr. Kelly Kamm, Research Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology.

MTU’s partnership with WUPFSC provides students an opportunity to contribute to local and regional sustainability while learning from practitioners and community members. Preliminary research conducted by students in the Fall 2018 SS 4700 Communities & Research course, taught by Carter, assessed food systems opportunities in the Houghton/Hancock and MTU campus communities. Their work will be built upon by students in the Spring 2019 SS 31100 Food Systems & Sustainability course.



Upper Peninsula Food Exchange

The U.P. Food Exchange (UPFE) is a Food Hub being led by the Marquette Food Co-op and MSU Extension that coordinates and supports local food activities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. UPFE serves as a resource portal for farmers, businesses, and individuals looking to connect with and actively participate in their local food system.


Taste the Local Difference

Taste the Local Difference® is Michigan’s local food marketing agency. They are proponents of the Michigan Good Food Charter and are signatories to their resolution seeking to have 20% of all food sold in Michigan come from Michigan farms and food businesses by 2020. Their job is simply to get more locally grown and processed food sold in the regions we represent. They accomplish this with specialized marketing solutions for our partners in every part of the food system.


Keweenaw food Co-operative

Keweenaw Co-op started in 1973 as a pre-order bulk-buying club to provide the community with natural and organic foods that were otherwise not available at that time. Today, Keweenaw Co-op is a full-service grocery, gourmet market and deli offering high quality, minimally processed and packaged products at the lowest possible prices. The Keweenaw Co-op exists to sustain the physical and social health of their Owners, Customers, and Community with:
A resilient and ethical food infrastructure.
Education, activism, and communication.
Advantages of a cooperative business model.