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Michigan Farm to Institution Network Launch
The Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) is a statewide learning and practice collaborative that supports Michigan institutions' efforts to increase local food purchases toward the 20% by 2020 goal of the Michigan Good Food Charter. Co-coordinated by the Ecology Center and the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, this network will need the engagement of farmers, distributors and other food vendors, food service buyers and supporters across the state to achieve the goals of helping:
- Farmers, food processors and food suppliers provide the local foods institutions want in the forms they need;
- Institutions like hospitals, schools, pre-K programs, and colleges locate, purchase and use these products; and
- Eaters at these institutions recognize, understand and enjoy local foods.
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Michigan Farm to Institution Network Launch Event
4:30 PM, Farm to Institution Marketplace Reception
More about MFIN Launch Event:
Join us to celebrate Michigan’s rich history of Farm to Institution programs to date and to contribute to developing strategic solutions to the challenges that remain to take local food purchasing at institutions to the next level! MFIN will unveil Cultivate Michigan, a local food purchasing initiative to help institutions ramp up local food purchases to meet the 20% by 2020 goal.
The event fee is $25 and includes the reception. Lunch will be provided during the event. Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) Facilitation Team will facilitate this event.
Join us immediately following the launch event for the Farm to Institution Marketplace reception. The Marketplace reception will provide a place to network and connect with fellow chefs, food service directors, farmers, distributors and community organizations all interested in supporting local farm to institution efforts. Come ready to connect with people who can help your farm to institution program grow!
The fee is $10 to attend the reception if you did not attend the launch event. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.