MANY Events and News Articles about Organic Food and Production in
It’s definitely harvest time in
Farms Without Harm Food Fest –A Week of events in Grand Rapid
8. Harvest Festival at
9. Organic Dairy Production Meeting -- Wednesday September 13 in Clare by Organic Valley
Articles that may be of interest
1. Is this the Future of Food?
Saturday, Sept 9 9:00am-1pm
MSU Campus- East Lansing, rmA101 PSS
Join Peak Hour Associates and Ecological Food & Farm Stewardship for a showing of the film "The Future of Food"
Followed by a panel discussion and dialogue on genetically modified foods.
European and African perspectives, the relationship to healthy eating, featuring Werner Absenger,chef/amacf.org/Jay Tomczak, Asst.Mgt. MSU Student Organic Farm, Fatoumatta Sisi of West Africa/ Cynthia Price, Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Counsil, and Vancy Bown, Perspective Learning Associates.
cost $20/$10 for MSU faculty/$5 students (to cover speaker costs) light refreshments(using local food)
the conference will be followed by a tour of the MSU Student Organic Farm
2. LOCAL FOOD WEEK,
This is a new farmers’ market reaching
The sixth annual ORGANIC FESTIVAL,
this year presented by Mixed Greens ("Growing Kids Who Grow
Gardens"), kicks off Local Food Week on Sunday, Sept. 10. The event, to
be held at
Local Food Farm Film Fest is part of Local Food Week, a series of events
highlighting the importance of a strong and diverse local food system held in
observance of the State of
Farms Without Harm Food Fest –A Week of events in
Sunday, Sept. 10 -- presented by Mixed Greens at the
A Preservation Party, Monday, Sept. 11
Learn how to can, freeze, or
preserve by other methods garden and farm produce,sponsored by the GGRFSC, will
be held at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
Reservations required - call Cynthia Price, 231-578-0873, or e-mail [log in to unmask]
A Kids' Day Festival celebrating Buy Fresh Buy Local Select Michigan Day, Thursday, Sept. 14, 1-6 p.m. (may extend to 7 p.m.) -- at the Southeast Area Farmers Market, at the corner of Franklin Street and Fuller Avenue. Kids' activities, entertainment and take-home crafts all day long, as well as prepared foods and informational booths.
Free. The S.E. Area Farmers' Market is a joint project of Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council, the Kent County Health Department, and Divine Grace Church, and takes place every Thursday from 1-6). For details, call Tom Cary 616-451-3051 ext. 28 or e-mail [log in to unmask]
Farmers' Market at
Sponsored by the YMCA. For information, call 616-855-9674 and ask for Beth.
Women's Farm Tour, Friday, Sept. 15, sponsored by the West Michigan Forum for Sustainable Agriculture. An afternoon tour of several area farms run by women. Filmmaker Cynthia Vagnetti will join the tour.
For details, call Tom Cary at 616-451-3051 ext. 28 or email [log in to unmask] Made possible by funding from the Nokomis Foundation.
3. The Local FoodFarm Film Fest, Saturday, Sept. 16, 1-10 p.m.
A day-long food-tasting and
screening of films about food and farming presented by Farms Without Harm and
GGRFSC at the Wealthy Theater,
1-2--Mini-Festival of Shorts including The True Cost of Food, The Meatrix I , The Meatrix II, Store Wars and The Pig Picture.
2:10-2:55--Frankensteer, an investigation of the dangers to human health posed by antibiotic- dependent, hormone-laced, feedlot-raised beef.
from the Field, a film that looks at women farmers in the
4:35-5:35--Mini-Festival of Shorts (repeat - except Sierra Club's "Living a Nightmare" replaces "The True Cost of Food."
5:40-6:25--Deconstructing Supper, a film about a chef who investigates food safety in the age of GMOs and industrial agriculture.
7:30-10--ASPARAGUS (A Stalk-umentary), a screening of this 90-minute film followed by a discussion with the director, Kirsten Kelly.
4. Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival at Trillium Haven Farm Sunday, Sept. 17, 2-4 p.m. Taste 45 different heirloom tomatoes, and enjoy recipe tips from chef Amy Sherman. Cost is $20 per person. Please make reservations by emailing [log in to unmask], or leaving a phone message at 457-5822.
Connections is located in Davisburg at the 4-H county fair grounds.
Participate in workshops focused on healthy eating and organic foods. There
will be children’s activities and a farmers market! For more information
7. Farmers' market brings local food to the Capitol lawn
To celebrate the 2nd annual
"Buy Fresh, Buy Local - Select Michigan Day" on September 14, 2006,
local farmers are bringing
At a special farmers' market on the
lawn on the Capitol, farmers and farmers' market representatives from the
Lansing area and beyond will sell a variety of Michigan-grown and produced
products. This event, sponsored by Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS)
and the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), is intended to raise
awareness about local food and
The resolution to designate this statewide day passed through the House of Representatives on March 31, 2006 to encourage consumers to choose local food in their communities. Now, legislators, consumers and farmers are all invited to the Capitol Farmers' Market to experience the benefits of local food firsthand.
Products to be sold are all locally
grown, processed and manufactured in
"Farmers' markets put a face on local agriculture," said Elaine Brown, executive director of MIFFS. "Successful partnerships between farmers and communities are nurtured there, resulting in more profitable, environmentally friendly food systems."
Consumers and producers have the
opportunity to meet, shake hands and appreciate where food comes from, where it
goes, and all of the benefits it brings to
Local food tastes better, supports local farmers, keeps money circulating close to home and creates jobs. Get involved! Visit a farmers' market or ask for local food at your grocery or favorite restaurant.
The Michigan Farmers' Market Association Web site (www.farmersmarkets.msu.edu) has a complete listing of farmers' markets statewide. You can also look at MDA's Farm Market, U-Pick and Ag Tourism directory for more than 255 venues (www.michigan.gov/mda).
A list of community events for the Select Michigan day, along with news releases, background and other information, is available at (www.miffs.org).
Founded in 1998, MIFFS is a statewide membership organization (501c3) whose purpose is to promote diverse efforts that foster and sustain food and farming systems that improve economic, ecological and social well-being. MIFFS has been effective at establishing successful partnerships among producers, markets and institutions that have created more profitable, environmentally friendly food systems in Michigan.
Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist
C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems
303 Natural Resources Bldg.