For farmers who may want to sell to schools or institutions soon or one day this would be a good workshop for you to attend. Others will be offered but don't put it off if you are planning to do this soon so you can get all of your ducks in a row and help the process to run smoothly.

From: Colleen Matts [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 11:06 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Farm to School meetings in Livingston and Saginaw Counties this week!

Greetings farmers,
Two Farm to School meetings are scheduled for this week that I'd like to share. Join us to learn more about how you can take advantage of this growing market opportunity! And please help us spread the word!

At this event, Michigan farmers can meet school food service directors from Livingston and Washtenaw Counties who are interested in purchasing local foods for school meals programs. Participating school food service directors will discuss products of interest, competitive bidding procedures, delivery, packaging, and payment arrangements, and much more!

Where: Hartland High School Cafeteria
                 10635 Dunham Rd.
                Hartland, MI 48353

When: Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
                3:30 - 5 pm

This event is free of charge. Refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to Colleen Matts at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or 517.432.0310 by Tuesday, April 20th.
(Please see and share attached flyer.)

This meeting will follow up on a Farm to School Meet & Greet held in Saginaw last month to continue to plan for new Farm to School Programs in Saginaw, Bay, and Midland Counties. Whether or not you attended the first meeting, interested farmers and vendors from the area are encouraged to attend to continue to the conversation about incorporating fresh, local produce into school meals programs.

Where: Arrowwood Conference Center
                5410 Seidel Rd.
                Saginaw, MI 48638

When: Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
                4-6 pm

This meeting is free of charge.
Please RSVP to Deb Neal, Nutrition Services Supervisor at Saginaw Township Community Schools at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or 989.793.9713.


Colleen Matts
Farm to Institution Specialist
CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
Michigan State University
303 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222

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