Dear Farmers, Community Health Agencies, WIC Agencies, Farmers, Market
Masters, MSU-Extension, and Recipients,

Project FRESH (Farm Resources Expanding and Supporting Health) has grown
over the decades into a program which helps local economies by providing
income to farmers, and giving access to amazing produce to our mothers,
children, and seniors. We are holding five regional meetings to
facilitate dialog on how everybody involved in Project FRESH can
increase the redemption rates and visibility of the program.


The Meetings are as follows:

*	Marquette: Tuesday, July 29th, Marquette Commons, 203 S. Front
St. 10am-2pm. 
*	Harrisville: Wednesday, July 30th. 12pm-4pm. Alcona County EMS
Building, 2600 East M-72. 
*	Kalamazoo: Friday, August 1st. 12pm-4pm, Kalamazoo Parks and
Recreation Building, 251 Mills St. 
*	Big Rapids: Friday, August 8th. 10am-2pm, at the MSU Extension
Office, 14485 Northland Drive. 


We hope to increase the visibility and redemption of the program by
bringing together all those involved to begin a constructive dialog
directed by two questions: how do we raise our redemption rates further,
and how do we increase the visibility of the program.

Two simple questions which have proven extremely difficult to address by
any one person is exactly why we need you to voice your concerns, your
philosophies, and your history to what methods have worked, are
feasible, or what needs to happen in order to keep this program

Hopefully, you might meet those who are in the position to assist you in
the ways that you cannot assist yourself.  We are all interconnected in
this program, and we need to start discussing it beginning now, and
establishing contacts to continue throughout the year.

Attached are five invitations for five regional meetings.  Attend as
many as you want: just RSVP!

For more information either contact me or Teresa Johnson (
[log in to unmask]), or visit under
"What's Happening' on the left hand side for agendas of each individual


If you are not familiar with project FRESH here is a little overview of
the program: Project FRESH (Farm Resources Expanding and Supporting
Health) is a program that makes fresh produce available to low-income,
nutritionally-at-risk consumers and also supports Michigan farmers.  It
expands the awareness and use of farmers markets in addition to
increasing sales at the markets. The Michigan Department of Community
Health WIC Division, Michigan State University Extension and the United
States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service jointly
administer the program.  Project FRESH receives federal funds, local
funds, private grants and WIC program income from vendor fines.



Thank you very much, and I hope to see you there.

Micah Manikas

416 Agriculture Hall

East Lansing, MI

(517) 432-3387

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Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)

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