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Final List of Sustainable Food-Related Courses for Fall 2015!

Are you still switching around your schedule? Are you also interested in sustainable food?

Check out our completely updated list of Fall 2015 sustainable-food themed classes! Many of these classes can be counted towards a Sustainable Food Systems minor as well. 

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Earthfest 2015

Come join this year's "Party for the Planet"... Earthfest!

From 10am-2pm on September 17, stop by at UM's own Central Campus Diag to see the opportunities to get involved with the latest campus activity around sustainability at our campus!

Sponsored by Planet Blue and the Office of Campus Sustainability, there will be tabling by sustainability-related student organizations (including UMSFP, of course), departments, and local non-profits. 

Food (can you say Washtenaw Dairy Donuts??), live entertainment, and much more will be provided! See you there!

Local Food Specialist AmeriCorps VISTA

POSITION OVERVIEW: Growing Hope is currently recruiting applicants for six VISTA service member positions for 12-month terms of service, to begin November 3, 2015 and to run through November 5, 2016. See below for details, but please note application deadline is Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Growing Hope is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy local food access. All VISTA members will help to strengthen food security, enhance local environments, improve health & nutrition, and provide educational opportunities to community members throughout Washtenaw County— particularly in ways that strengthen access for low-income families— through different roles at Growing Hope and our partners. VISTA members will work to increase organizational capacity by developing program models, partnerships & collaborations, training, and securing financial and human resources.

The goals of this VISTA project include:

-- Maximizing year-round food availability for low-income households

-- Cultivating healthy eaters among low-income youth & adults to increase well-being and reduce risk of chronic disease

-- Training youth & adults as urban farmers, and expand opportunities to serve in this area

-- Developing economically-viable models of urban agriculture

-- Building enduring capacity of these efforts to maximize impact of organizations & projects in urban ag and food security through collaboration and volunteerism;

Documenting success & impact using common metrics Each VISTA member will focus in one of the areas below, although some responsibilities/projects may be shared and adjusted based on the strengths and interests of each member. 

To see full job description, click here

Kalamazoo Valley Community College Seeks Experienced Produce Grower

Kalamazoo Valley Community College is currently seeking a full-time Production Manager for the Food Innovation Center at the new Kalamazoo Valley Bronson Healthy Living Campus. This position will be responsible for the operations of a high-tech growing facility, including indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse production spaces. The Production Manager will also support educational programs offered at the facility and the operations of an on-site Food Hub.

Visit for full position details and required qualifications, and to apply. Applications accepted through 8/9/2015. KVCC reserves the right to close this job posting early should a significant applicant pool be established prior to published closing date.

2016 Application for Organic Farmer Training Program at MSU Now Available!

The Organic Farmer Training Program offers nine months of intensive instruction in year-round organic farming. The program focuses on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits, and herbs for local markets.  Participants manage all aspects of a 15-acre certified organic farm, including passive solar greenhouses used for year-round production in cold climates. Participants also manage the Student Organic Farm's field and hoophouse production, use equipment, create business and production plans for their future farm businesses, travel around the state to visit dozens of other farm and food businesses, and engage in direct marketing of produce. Produce is grown for the farm’s primary markets, including a 48-week CSA, seven-month on-campus farm stand, and sales to campus dining services.  

Participants develop competencies in farm skills and business planning through skills trainings, individual advising meetings and engagement in the daily operation of the farm. Hands-on training is combined with workshops, lectures, readings and assignments that build participants’ knowledge and understanding of organic farming principles and practices.  The program is designed to give participants a strong background in production skills, as well as the knowledge, management, and decision-making skills necessary to operate a diversified small farming business.  

Scholarships available! Merit and need-based scholarships are made possible by funds raised at our annual Hoophouse Gala, sponsored by MSU Residential and Hospitality Services. We are proud and excited to be able to offer these scholarships in order to decrease barriers to training for new and beginning farmers.


Early Application Deadline: September 1st. Application fee waived! 


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