Since 2018, we have led the effort to support community food resilience in the Western U.P.
Our goal is to identify existing strengths and needs while formulating actionable steps towards a more just and resilient regional food system through the following objectives: 1) engage communities in the region in collaborative systems mapping of food systems strengths and needs; 2) engage regional farmers and growers in peer-to-peer mentoring through the establishment of a regional farmer/grower network; 3) integrate research and community outreach within coursework at the regional university, Michigan Technological University, to educate and train the next generation of civic leaders about the importance of food systems to regional sustainability.
What We've Achieved
Establishment of the Western U.P. Food Systems Council.
Received funding to purchase a website to store information and notify the community about important food events in the region.
Received funding through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to host a dozen community garden and landscape harvesting workshops.
Partnered with several student groups to produce resource documents for the community.
Connected with local, regional, and state-wide advocates that also work for a more equitable food system.
Will host the Michigan Local Food Council Network in Houghton County in August 2019
Production of an asset mapping framework to host community driven data.