Category Archives: Agriculture

Support for Michigan agriculture continues to grow

farmingNorthern Michigan agriculture is receiving a boost through new grant money, as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill.

The USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will provide nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state. Read more

High school students grow produce for school lunches

October is National Farm to School Month and at one northern Michigan school, students have been in the garden growing their lunches. Now it’s harvest time.

Students at Northern Michigan Christian School in McBain have been growing vegetables for lunches and for agricultural education for six years now.

Nikki Witbeck teaches agriculture classes at the school.

She said the students weren’t getting enough healthy food. So the school decided to discontinue the federal hot lunch program and plant its own garden. Read more

Local farmers on display in Michigan grocery stores


Photo courtesy of Mary Dunckel.

Photo courtesy of Mary Dunckel.

If you can’t bring the shopper to the farm, bring the farmer to the grocery store.

This is the idea of a Michigan program connecting shoppers with local farmers.

The Faces of Michigan Farmers initiative is a program that brings volunteer farmers into local supermarkets. Read more