Farmers Wanted in S.E. Michigan

Fair Food Network is looking to identify farmers who want to participate in a new program through farmers’ markets in S.E. Michigan. People who participate in SNAP and other related programs will be able to buy double their money's worth of fresh foods at participating farmers markets this spring. FFN is working with the USDA to identify as many potentially interested farmers as possible.

We need your help finding Michigan farmers and their contact information.

If you are interested or know anyone you think might be, please contact Renée Elliott at [log in to unmask] (231) 384-0426 or Guy Williams at [log in to unmask] (734) 395-9836.

Portable Chicken Mini-coop Plan

Are you tired of pets that don’t contribute financially to the household? If so, I have the perfect solution for you, CHICKENS! They are free ranging, outdoor loving, and most impressively egg producing creatures. Visit under the animal and pasture tab, to read the article Portable Chicken Mini-Coop Plan. Here you will learn how easy it is to construct your very own chicken coop. With your own chickens you will have a greater piece of mind knowing where your eggs come from, and that your chickens are free range. Visit to learn more about raising chickens and other green living tips.

Growing produce for the Food Bank

Local producers wanted to grow for the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) and nearly 60 agencies we support in the tri-county region. This past year the GLFB began a voucher program that provides $5.00 redemption value for fresh produce at some local grocers and farmers markets. The cost of the program is high, but the impact is great. The GLFB wants to explore reducing the cost of buying retail while supporting the local economy. They are looking into understanding what will work best for farmers while still meeting the needs of those they serve. The GLBF intends to hold a meeting with interested farmers from the tri-county region to discuss the opportunities before releasing a request for proposals.

 If you are interested in being a grower for the Greater Lansing Food Bank contact Terry Link (517) 887-4307 or [log in to unmask].
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