Welcome to the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network (FFN). Here, you’ll find a snapshot of activities throughout northwest Lower Michigan in support of our network’s goals and objectives. This group is truly a network. The ties that bind us mainly go unseen, but our activity is broad and deep. Find more information on the activities of the five task forces that make us tick under the “Task Forces” tab above.
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Hot off the presses! This ‘Guide to Food Assistance and Eating Local’ was developed by over 10 organizations affiliated with our Food Access Task Force. It is a comprehensive, community based resource that includes information on a broad range of topics, from tips to shopping at farmer’s markets to food preservation methods and much more. Printed versions are being distributed to limited-income families at food pantries throughout our region. View a preview and access the full version here.
Did you know that over 83,000 acres of farmland in the Grand Traverse region will change hands within the next ten years as farmers retire and transition out of ownership? Luckily a new web platform designed to aid this land transfer is now LIVE! Farmer to Farmer features agricultural land for sale or lease, as well as job openings in our local food system.
In 2016, the Food and Farming Network began awarding “mini-grants”—small amounts of seed money for innovative, collaborative projects to enhance our local food system. Read the comprehensive mini-grant report and other network publications here.
We’re proud to announce that George and Sally Shetler from the Shetler Family Dairy in Kalkaska, Michigan were presented with the 2017 Chapman Award. Read more about that here.
Download our 2017 Action Toolkit here!
The big question in this community resource guide is ‘WHAT CAN I DO?’ Each of our network’s five task forces came up with specific action points related to their work, and provided resources to help you execute them.