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The 2014-2015 UMSFP Annual Report is here!

What did student leadership in sustainable food look like on campus this past year?

  • 843 course contact hours logged at the Campus Farm and with UMSFP programs
  • 10,000+ lbs of food recovered from 2 dining halls
  • 25 student projects related to UMSFP and the Campus Farm completed
  • Established two new campus gardens, with three in the works for spring
  • Expanded sales of fresh, affordable produce on campus from once to twice each week
  • 10 UMSFP student member groups and a student Leadership Team creating on-the-ground and in-the-dirt change through education, community building, and food production
  • Two new member groups already on board for next school year

There’s more! Check out the 2014-2015 Annual Report to see the faces and hear the stories behind UMSFP. Then learn more about the student member groups driving this work to see how you can get involved!

Sign up on the UMSFP Summer Volunteer listserv!

Have you found yourself with some extra free time this summer and want to help out with the amazing work of our member groups? Add your name to this list and you will receive emails about volunteer opportunities! It's a great chance to see what great projects our member groups are doing around campus, and plus, you'll get the opportunity to meet some pretty chill people as well. Best of both worlds? I think yes. 

Check out our new off-campus food guide!

This guide was created by students in the course ENVIRON 391: Sustainability and the Campus, and has lots of resources to help you find healthy, affordable, and sustainable foods! Click on the "Food Guide" tab at the top of the site to learn more. 

 

 

Vote for your 2015-2016 UMSFP Leadership Team!

It's time to choose the colleagues who will carry forward the work of UMSFP for the next school year! Please read through each candidate's profile, then click here to cast your vote by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 25 (ballots close at 11:59pm).

Voting Details: Only current UM students may vote; please only vote one time. Once the votes are in, the top undergrad and graduate student for each position will be selected (if applicable). In order to ensure a good diversity of students, the new 8-member Leadership Team will have a balance of undergraduate and graduate students. Thanks for helping us choose the leadership that will carry the UMSFP forward!

Your 2015-2016 Leadership Team candidates are...


 

Relations Coordinator

Ji Ye

Sophomore

Evolutionary anthropology, Earth and environmental sciences

Bio

Hi, I'm Ji! I enjoy being active, and I'm always looking for new things to try and improve upon. Being passionate about sustainability, I get a little overly excited whenever new ideas on how to live and operate in ways that are compatible with the environment arise. I can see myself take more action on making sustainable food systems a reality. 

Group Affiliations

Friends of the Campus Farm: Workday Coordinator 2014-present 

Skills and Expertise

I have worked with a diverse array of people through the campus farm, job experiences, and various volunteering projects. This has made me a much more flexible and open minded person. I know how to work with others and can find ways to help out.

How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus? 

A sustainable food future is possible with education and collaboration. I would work to bring greater interest in UMSFP and the principles behind UMSFP to a wider range of students. This could be possible by making UMSFP more accessible through events like skill shares hosted by member groups on the diag. Furthermore, I hope to apply pressure on the university to incorporate UMSFP ideals of promoting healthy people and environment in their operations. For example, collaborating with dining halls to exceed their 20% local/sustainable food by 2025. I would love to see more action and greater enthusiasm for sustainable foods from students and the university.



Taylor Landeryou

Junior

Neuroscience

Bio

For the past year, I have been the Director of Publications for an international online scientific journal which taught me how to contact a variety of people, make connections through different mediums (skype, email, phone), and how to maintain those relations. Furthermore, in high school and throughout my college career, I have taken journalism classes from which I learned how to get in contact with the "right people" and how to foster mutually beneficial relationships. Most importantly, sustainable food is a cause that is very dear to my heart and for which, I am willing to work extremely hard.

Group Affiliations

UMBees - Highly active member (3 years)
Friends of the Campus Farm (FCF) - active member (2 years)
Graham Sustainability Scholar

Skills or Expertise

Living in Ann Arbor for the past three years has been a wonderful adventure in which I have gotten a feel for the local food community. I have volunteered at the Homegrown Festival the past two years, which has shown me the passion Ann Arborites have for their food. I recently attended the Local Food Summit, which taught me even more about the dynamics between the University's food system and all that Ann Arbor farmers and food producers have to offer.

How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus? 

I would like to help UMSFP form better connections with local Ann Arbor organizations that will help to solidify both groups permanence, strength, and familiarity in the community. I also think it is important to facilitate intergroup networking within UMSFP. Ultimately, I would like to work toward making sustainable food the norm, by increasing accessibility to buying or producing local food. 



Allison Carroll

Sophomore

PitE

Bio

I believe I’m qualified for this position due to my strong people and problem solving skills. As mentioned early, my involvement in K-grams has taught me how to reach out to those in both the Michigan and Ann Arbor community, which I believe is a skill that will help me as the Relations Coordinator. Additionally, I’ve worked as a hostess where I’ve learned how to effectively problem solve and communicate. I had to work to resolve conflicts and quickly find solutions. I also developed strong communication skills from interacting with managers, customers, and servers, as well as other hostesses.

Group Affiliations

This has been my second year working with K-grams, a pen pal program on campus. I've been a pen pal for the past two years and this year I've participated as a liaison between college students and elementary school teachers. I believe this experience is relevant to the position I'm applying for because as a liaison, I've had to reach out to both students and teachers and build strong, professional relationships with them. Additionally, I've worked to help promote and organize the campus wide Kid's Fair K-grams hosts each spring so I feel confident that I would be able to coordinate activities among the UMSFP groups. Another group that I'm affiliated with is the Friends of the Campus Farm through volunteering on workdays. I've become involved with this club due to my interest in gardening, which I've developed through my own vegetable garden at home.

Skills and Expertise

On top of all this, I am a very organized and punctual person. I will be sure to maintain strong relationships with members of the community and efficiently organize monthly meetings. I enjoy being involved and active and would readily take to the tasks that are required of the Relations Coordinator. Above all, I am a passionate and enthusiastic person. I believe this is a key skill for this position, as I will address all opportunities and tasks with a positive and energized attitude.

How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus? 

I want to make an impact by bringing all the UMSFP groups together and sharing their work with the community in order to recognize their efforts, as well as to recruit more students to these groups. I hope to make UMSFP more accessible and attractive to the diverse student body by highlighting their distinctive mission statements. Additionally sustainability, in all its forms, has become my greatest passion in life. I want to share this passion with other students and educate them on the health and environmental benefits of local, organic food.

Kunal Khanade

Masters

Naval Architecture (College of Engineering)

Bio

Being part of various organizations like TBP, Phi Kappa Phi, student advisory board and Michigan dining student manager gives me lot of experience to arrange meetings, interact with other organizations, resource management, outreach and relation building. Most of the organizations have helped me reach out to new students and maintain healthy relations with Michigan administration. I have participated in Graham Institute activities and have a active interest in food sustainability, recycling, waste management and sustainable living.

Group Affiliations

Student Manager- Michigan Dining, food safety, food storage, food disposal, food borne diseases.
BLUElabs member- Design sustainable living solutions like hydroponics, composting toilets, composting, recycling
Planet Blue Ambassador- Composting in community, waste disposal, recycling.

Skills and Expertise

Conflict resolution, tactics for various situations, thought process for conflict resolution. General management, good command over communication channels, Interest in establishing relations and maintaining them. Organization skills to maintain proper documentation and excellent event management.

How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus? 

Increase outreaching activities, collaborate with other communities and organizations to create awareness about sustainability. Increase student participation in the council meetings to generate more ideas about sustainable food development. Have social events and town hall meetings to increase participation and engage more students. Create documents for day-to-day business acitivities of the group to facilitate smooth working of the group as well as easier transition for future management changes.

 

Communications Specialist

Jenna Trubiano

Sophomore

Health & Fitness (Kinesiology), Food Systems

Bio

I currently run our team (University of Michigan Women's Hockey) Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages. Since I have taken over our team accounts, our Facebook page has over 1000 likes, we have over 400 followers on Twitter, and our Instagram account has taken off. I developed our team website from scratch without a budget and plan to keep improving our team exposure online through social media and our website presence.

Group Affiliations

University of Michigan Women's Hockey
- Captain,
- Social Media Manager
- Website Development
Kinesiology Student Government
- Health and Fitness Major Chair
- Marketing Team
Kinesiology Student Ambassador
Alumni Association Student Ambassador
- Marketing and Recruitment Team

Skills and Expertise

I spent a great portion of last summer preparing our team website. I gathered the necessary information and created easy-to-navigate modules for our visitors to explore. I am very eager to learn more about building a productive and neat website. I also have gained valuable marketing experience through the other organizations that I am involved with on campus, not only through social media but also printed media.

How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

I have recently decided that I want to declare a minor in Food Systems through PitE because eating right is important to me and I want to apply sustainability to my own life, especially in the future, as well as spread the word to others about the benefits and pride of sustainable food. I just recently found out about the UMSFP program and I think it would be of great benefit to market UMSFP to incoming freshman to build a strong base.

 

Claire Roos

Junior

PitE

Bio

I have been involved in a number of UMSFP member groups and other environmental groups, and have experience in leadership positions in said groups (particularly PitE Club). I am very passionate about sustainable food and have experience communicating its message to a variety of audiences. As PitE Club BEAR chair, I team with the other co-chair to handle communications between environment-related grad and undergrad students by sending emails, planning events, creating polls, and conducting meetings. Additionally, my familiarity with other member groups would allow me to better understand and communicate the needs of those involved in UMSFP.

Group Affiliations

Jan 2015-current: PitE Club - BEAR (Building Environmental Awareness and Relations) Co-Chair
Jan 2015- current: Independent Study with Sara Soderstrom on Sociology of Community Gardens
Jan 2014-current: Food Recovery Network - Volunteer
2013-2014 school year: PitE Club - Apparel Chair
2013-2014 school year: Friends of the Campus Farm - Volunteer
2013-2014: Permaculture Design Team - Member

Skills and Expertise

This summer, I will be interning at the local and sustainable Senna Prairie Farm working in the physical production of food and the administrative end. This position will provide insight into how the local sustainable food system works and can provide connections to those who work in the area.
My experience working on research regarding the sociology of community gardens with Professor Soderstrom has allowed me to investigate the organization and political structure of the Campus Farm and its relation to UMSFP, providing me a better understanding of the relationship between UMSFP and its member groups.

How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

I would like to foster growth in the UMSFP community by creating more widespread awareness and interest on campus concerning sustainable food. To this end, I would also like to increase the diversity of those involved in UMSFP and its member groups, creating positions for and catering to the interests and concerns of students from a wider variety of backgrounds. Essentially, I would like UMSFP and the sustainable food movement on campus to be more inclusive and available to all types of students.



Julia Austin

Junior

PitE, Sustainable Food Systems/Education

Bio

To start, the two board positions that I mentioned above are social positions, so I do a lot of communicating through email, social media outlets, and in person. The organizations I belong to also include a large amount of people with a wide variety of interests which means I have a huge network through which I can gather and distribute information. As far as my personality I am friendly, easygoing, and flexible, but can also be reliable and organized.

Group Affiliation

PitE Club - Volunteering & Events Co-chair
Epsilon Eta (Professional Environmental Fraternity) - Social Chair - this is a new student organization I am helping found (we are going to have our first pledge class this fall!)
Detroit Partnership - Tutor/Mentor
Delta Delta Delta - Member

Skills and Expertise

I have held several jobs in the retail and food industries so I have a lot of experience with communication there as well as working as part of a team.

How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

What I am really interested in regarding sustainable food is education. So by being part of UMSFP, I would like to make the importance of eating sustainably more well known among the student body so that it's something students will hopefully prioritize more in the future. I also want to make sustainable food more accessible to students by providing them with knowledge about where they can shop, how to get there, how it can be affordable, and show how it can be fun!

 

Dana Levine

Freshman

Health & Fitness (Kinesiology)

Bio

I believe I am qualified for this position because the past three years I have spent my time researching the affect of food on our bodies. Educating the people around me about these affects and the alternatives that exist is where I invest most of my energy. I currently run an Instagram account where I post fitness motivation, and put emphasis on the importance of healthy eating and the quality of the food we eat. I am an avid social media user and through promoting my cycling classes online, I have learned how effectively promote an idea or product.

Group Affiliations

I am an indoor cycling instructor at the university for Group X. When teaching, I do not only focus on educating my students about cycling, but I educate them about the food we eat and how this affects our bodies.

Skills and Expertise

I am an extremely hard worker and I love to collaborate with other people. I worked as a receptionist for a brand new yoga studio so I did a tremendous amount of promotion for them and I spent time educating the public about what the studio had to offer. I am very personable and love to share my beliefs with the people around me.

How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

I want to impact UMSFP by stressing the need for sustainable foods in the dining halls. Almost every freshman and a large percentage of sophomores eat in the dining halls therefore educating students and feeding them more sustainable foods will benefit them in and out of the dining hall. Growing up in Southern California, I see an abundance of healthy and sustainable foods around me which makes the decision to buy healthy foods very easy. If on campus it was more available for students to buy more sustainable food, I truly believe they would make the decision to do so.

 

 

Academic Ambassador

 

Angey Wilson

Masters

Now - LSA: PitE: Behavior, Communication, and Sustainable Development

Fall 2015 - SNRE: Behavior, Education, Communication and Environmental Policy and Planning

Bio

I've been involved with UMSFP in various ways since I came to UM in the fall of 2013. I am familiar with the people involved in the various organizations and some of the ways these organizations work as well as work together. I am also familiar with some of the faculty/staff involved and have already formed good relationships with them. I am very organized, reliable, responsible, and punctual.

Group Affiliations

Past: Student Food Co - Volunteer

Present: UMPDT - Permaculture Design Team - Program Coordinator

Skills and Expertise

I have over 20 years of work experience and I have been a mom for the last 19 years (a lot of skills are learned with that position, believe me!). I served as Vice President on a Board of Directors for over a year and advised a high school LGBTSA club for a year before moving to Ann Arbor for school. I was involved with multiple committees over the years before that. These life experiences have helped me hone the skills required for leadership positions. I also have experience with computer programs, design, writing, advertising, public speaking, and event planning.

How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

I would love to see the UMSFP organizations take on more of a living, learning laboratory approach and work with professors to identify and possibly carry out research opportunities related to the work that the organizations are doing. I would also like to see more professors as well as the UM dining halls engage with their students related to sustainable food so more students have access to education and information and hopefully more students become involved.

 

Lello Gulluma

Sophomore

PitE, Global Health & Environment

Bio

I believe I'm a very self-motivated person who likes to take initiative. The environment, environmental justice and food justice are something that I am passionate about. Getting to work with UMSFP member groups last summer was incredibly enriching and so were the connections I made. I have some experience and connections to this program, passionate about the goals of the program, and want to help take this program to the next level!

Group Affiliations

I was a former summer intern at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Last summer I split time between Cultivating Community and the Campus farm in a dual-position. I was involved in everything relevant to maintaining a garden/farm and helping out with our work days (relevant to both locations).
Through this I was able to learn more about UMSFP and both member. I was involved in everything relevant to maintaining a garden/farm and heling out with our summer

I am in my second year with Michigan Community Scholars Program and I serve as a peer mentor to a group of 5 first-year students in the program. The program is a living-learning community dedicated to social justice and community service learning.

I am a "SAGE" member with the Center for Engaged Academic Learning. SAGE is the Student Advisory Group on Engaged learning. I have received a lot of professional development skills from being apart of this group. I have also been a integral part of giving the student's perspective as well as involved with a variety of their initiatives.

More recently, I am a Graham Sustainability Scholar for the upcoming academic year.

Skills and Expertise

I think I am a well spoken person who is very organized and could bring a different perspective to the UMSFP lead team. I have a diverse background and a different perspective when it comes to sustainable food and food justice. I hope that this perspective will help make the Leadership Team as effective as possible.


How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

I want to deepen and strengthen the impact UMSFP has on the UM and greater Ann Arbor community. I want to have the opportunity to make an real impact as part of the leadership team, be given a platform to be involved in the work that UMSFP does, and offer a new global context to sustainable food. I loved being able to work at the Campus Farm and Cultivating Community and believe the new skills and experience I have gained since that time would help make my contribution to UMSFP more meaningful.

 

 

Jacob Grochowski

Sophomore

PitE, PPE

Bio

Over the past year as the Campus Farm manager I have met and worked with a diverse range of individuals in collaborating with the farm. I think my rapport with both the staff of the Botanical Gardens and my experience working with students and staff looking to partner with the farm make me uniquely suited to serve as an intermediary between the academic and sustainability communities here at UM. My familiarity with both sides of the relationship will also help me effectively implement the upcoming Living Learning Laboratory program at the Farm.

Group Affiliations

Permaculture Design Team - Advisor
U of M Campus Farm - Farm Manager
Chiwara Permaculture Research and Education - Research Intern

Skills and Expertise

During my time in high school I founded a small, 3 acre, produce farm and sold the produce locally. Through this experience I learned how to work with other figures in the local agricultural community as well as how to build relationships with local business by constructing mutually beneficial partnerships. This experience has given me a strong ability to accomplish cooperative projects here at the University as well. The Academic Ambassador position would allow me the opportunity use my knowledge to further the sustainability efforts on campus and with the student body.


How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

I would like to expand interest in the sustainable food movement to members of the student body and faculty that are not immediately drawn to it. I think it is important to promote sustainability and sustainable food as an issue that is important to everyone and a cause that can benefit from any level of commitment.

 

Jillian Shotwell

Masters

Nutrition Sciences, Human Nutriton (School of Public Health)

Bio

I am very passionate about food sustainability and food access. In my undergraduate, I founded and ran a 2-acre off-the grid organic farm, interned with a food access organization, ran a group that aimed to regionalize our dining hall's food system, among many other food-centered initiatives. I am focusing on food systems in my Master's program, and plan to carry my interest throughout my career.

Group Affiliations

Dow sustainability fellow - Fellow. Working with the Black Pearl Restaurant to build a microgreen greenhouse in the basement of the restaurant. All greens will be served in the Black Pearl.

Double Up food Bucks - Volunteer. Provide information in Detroit Grocery stores regarding double up food bucks, which gives people on the BRIDGE card $10 of free Michigan-grown vegetables with every $10 spent on vegetables.

Skills and Expertise

Founder, Student manager - Binghamton University Acres Farm
Intern- Half a Loaf Project - food security project in Binghamton, NY
President - Student Culinary Council of Binghamton
President - Binghamton Nicaragua Initiative- Biointensive farming project in rural Nicaragua


How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

I hope to better foster cross-collaboration between student groups with similar interests. One of my major interests would be to hold a conference or a day where all groups could display all of their work in a close-knit environment. I also hope to better inform the campus community about how they can get involved, as well as what opportunities are available for them regarding sustainable food.

 

Michael Meldrum

Junior

Chemical Engineering

Bio

Last semester I began the uphill battle of starting a project to build an aquaponics garden. Since then I have work tirelessly researching aquaponics, selling this project concept to parties who can provide funding/resources for the garden, recruiting members to join my team, and networking with local agriculturists. Along the way we've needed to troubleshoot setbacks and overcome obstacles that have threatened to thwart our progress. At this point, our preliminary garden design is set to be constructed and operational by the summer.

I plan to bring this same tenacity to the Academic Ambassador Position

Group Affiliations

Food Industry Student Association (FISA): Project Chair of aquaponics project that was commenced this semester

ChemE Car: Secretary this year, Facilities Representative last year

Skills and Expertise

Grant proposal writing
Networking
Budgeting
Idea Generation
Conflict Resolution
Project Management


How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

My impact on UMSFP will be as a person from the engineering background who can add to the multidisciplinary spirit of the program. I believe my connection with the College of Engineering can open gateways to new and exciting education opportunities. I apply my chemical engineering knowledge for the aquaponics project and other departments in the CoE could have their use as well for UMSFP's member groups. For instance, if a group were to build a chicken coop, they could recruit an EECS major to program and automated feeding system for the chickens.

 

Corrina Marshall

Junior

PitE and Spanish

Bio

I gained substantial leadership experience from site leading for Alternative Spring Break. My responsibilities included working with our host site to create a trip program and collaborating with participants to facilitate experiential learning. I am confident in coordinating with professors and students and maintaining productive relationships. In my internship with the Greenbelt, I have reached out to local farmers to establish events showcasing the program’s success. This experience has taught me to be organized and energetic when working with multiple groups on a project. I look forward to the creative projects and meeting with students and professors.

Group Affiliations

Alternative Spring Break - I was a Site Leader this year for a community service trip focusing on hunger at an urban garden in Indiana

Greenbelt Advisory Council - Intern for the Ann Arbor government's Purchase of Development Rights program (purchasing agricultural land so that it can never be developed)

Skills and Expertise

I have good relationships with many professors that would likely be connected to the Sustainable Food Program or teach related topics.


How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

The Sustainable Food Program is such a wonderful organization to have on campus. Food is a key way to work on sustainability issues with our campus and can engage even the most reluctant students to care about the environment and our impact on it. I would love to be a part of the team that is directly making a difference for our student body and hopefully planting the seed (pun intended) for more collaboration between staff and students to broaden the organization for years to come. Collaborating and designing creative projects to educate students and help make working with plants as fun as it should be is the impact I’d like to make!

 

 

Program Caretaker

 

Lello Gulluma

Sophomore

PitE, Global Health & Environment

Bio

I believe I'm a very self-motivated person who likes to take initiative. The environment, environmental justice and food justice are something that I am passionate about. Getting to work with UMSFP member groups last summer was incredibly enriching and so were the connections I made. I have some experience and connections to this program, passionate about the goals of the program, and want to help take this program to the next level!

Group Affiliations

I was a former summer intern at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Last summer I split time between Cultivating Community and the Campus farm in a dual-position. I was involved in everything relevant to maintaining a garden/farm and helping out with our work days (relevant to both locations).
Through this I was able to learn more about UMSFP and both member. I was involved in everything relevant to maintaining a garden/farm and heling out with our summer

I am in my second year with Michigan Community Scholars Program and I serve as a peer mentor to a group of 5 first-year students in the program. The program is a living-learning community dedicated to social justice and community service learning.

I am a "SAGE" member with the Center for Engaged Academic Learning. SAGE is the Student Advisory Group on Engaged learning. I have received a lot of professional development skills from being a part of this group. I have also been an integral part of giving the student's perspective as well as involved with a variety of their initiatives.

More recently, I am a Graham Sustainability Scholar for the upcoming academic year.

Skills and Expertise

I think I am a well spoken person who is very organized and could bring a different perspective to the UMSFP lead team. I have a diverse background and a different perspective when it comes to sustainable food and food justice. I hope that this perspective will help make the Leadership Team as effective as possible.


How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

I want to deepen and strengthen the impact UMSFP has on the UM and greater Ann Arbor community. I want to have the opportunity to make an real impact as part of the leadership team, be given a platform to be involved in the work that UMSFP does, and offer a new global context to sustainable food. I loved being able to work at the Campus Farm and Cultivating Community and believe the new skills and experience I have gained since that time would help make my contribution to UMSFP more meaningful.

 

Angey Wilson

Masters

Now - LSA: PitE: Behavior, Communication, and Sustainable Development

Fall 2015 - SNRE: Behavior, Education, Communication and Environmental Policy and Planning

Bio

I am passionate about sustainable food systems and I have been involved with UMSFP in various ways over the last two years. I am familiar with many of the leaders and volunteers involved in the various organizations as well as the ways these organizations work together. I am also familiar with a fair number of faculty members and some local community members that could be helpful with future plans. I am very organized, reliable, responsible, and punctual. I have experience coordinating, leading, and event planning from running UMPDT but also from being involved with other committees in the past.

Group Affiliations

Past: Student Food Co - Volunteer

Present: UMPDT - Permaculture Design Team - Program Coordinator

Skills and Expertise

I have over 20 years of work experience and I have been a mom for the last 19 years (a lot of skills are learned with that position, believe me!). I served as Vice President on a Board of Directors for over a year and advised a high school LGBTSA club for a year before moving to Ann Arbor for school. I was involved with multiple committees over the years before that. These life experiences have helped me hone the skills required for leadership positions. I also have experience with computer programs, design, writing, advertising, finances, public speaking, and event planning.


How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

I would love to see more students involved in UMSFP and its member organizations and more financial support. I think community based projects are a great way to gain access to additional financial support. I think it would be really amazing to help install small, permaculture based gardens in the yards of low-income homeowners and educate them on how to maintain and harvest food from them. This could also be done on a bit larger of a scale in local low-income housing developments. We have a lot of great knowledge, resources, and abilities that can be shared with the community in ways that will help people while still allowing education and research opportunities to UM students.

 

Michael Meldrum

Junior

Chemical Engineering

Bio

Last semester I began the uphill battle of starting a project to build an aquaponics garden. Since then I have work tirelessly researching aquaponics, selling this project concept to parties who can provide funding/resources for the garden, recruiting members to join my team, and networking with local agriculturists. Along the way we've needed to troubleshoot setbacks and overcome obstacles that have threatened to thwart our progress. At this point, our preliminary garden design is set to be constructed and operational by the summer.

I plan to bring this same tenacity to the program caretaker position.

Group Affiliations

Food Industry Student Association (FISA): Project Chair for the aquaponics project that was commenced this semester.

Skills and Expertise

Grant proposal writing
Networking
Budgeting
Idea Generation
Conflict Resolution
Project Management


How will you impact UMSFP and sustainable food on campus?

My impact on UMSFP will be as a person from the engineering background who can add to the multidisciplinary spirit of the program.
A far as impacting sustainable food, one of my main goals would be to connect U of M students with local farmers in the state of Michigan. Washtenaw county is full of entrepreneurs practicing organic farming and Detroit is booming with urban agriculturists. Collaboration is a vital part of maintaining a local food network and I'd like to help our member groups explore these resources.
 

 

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Calling all food-loving students! Apply now to join the 2015-2016 student Leadership Team!

Apply now to serve on the UMSFP Leadership Team!

We are looking for students to act as the UMSFP Leadership Team, and fill 8 slots spread among 4 different leadership positions. Although these positions are unpaid, student leaders will gain leadership experience that will be valuable in future careers as they run and shape the UMSFP as a team. The existing Leadership Team will help and guide each successive team to ensure a smooth transition of leadership and offer training in specific roles as needed. The Leadership Team will always operate to improve the quality of food education, strengthen our community, and help in producing food sustainably.

 

**DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 3/16/15**

 

Click here to apply! We are accepting applications until Wednesday March 16 at 11:59 pm. 

 

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Responsibilities of all UMSFP Leaders

All UMSFP Leaders will be responsible for keeping up to date on the food work going on around campus. Successful candidates may already be involved in this work and will be interested in the larger food movement in cities across the United States and globally.

 

Specifically the Leadership Team will

» Spend around 5 hours per week working to further the UMSFP

» Meet once weekly as a group to discuss progress on specific projects and plan for the future

» Represent the UMSFP at meetings with faculty, staff and community members

» Represent the students that elect you by serving as their advisory board representatives at monthly meetings

» Be self motivated and willing to work with diverse groups of people on a number of projects

» Take part in publicizing the UMSFP’s successes and work

 

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Program Caretaker

You are responsible for energizing the UMSFP leadership team, keeping sight of the overarching mission (to provide education, buildi community and grow food) and ensuring that the organization as a whole can meet these goals by assisting Program Manager in seeking funding and documenting successes.

 

Specific responsibilities include

» Linking activities to the core mission and conveying that message to potential donors

» Ensuring documentation, transparency,  and smooth transitioning of leadership

» Scheduling and initiating meetings (e.g., Leadership Team and Advisory Board)

» Taking lead role in coordinating UMSFP events (e.g., Harvest Festival)

» Seeking out opportunities to incorporate social justice into UMSFP's work

 

 

 

Strong candidates will
» Be flexible and able to assist other team members as needed on their specific projects
» Be able to sell this program to potential funders and strategic allies
» Be level headed and able to calmly work through issues as they arise
» Be visionary thinkers


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Communications Specialist

You will be primarily responsible for spreading information about what the UMSFP and our member groups are doing as we improve our food system at UM and elsewhere using social media, our newsletter and other outlets.

 

Specifically your responsibilities will include

» Publicizing events using the weekly UMSFP newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and our website

» Responding to general questions by the public and interested students

 

Strong candidates will have

» Excellent written communication skills

» Experience writing for websites and a willingness to learn simple web coding

 

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Academic Ambassador

Your focus will be on maintaining existing collaborations with professors and their classes and developing new projects that will provide teaching opportunities for profs, education for students and the option for community improvements outside the classroom.

 

Specific responsibilities include

» Reaching out to professors to discuss possibilities for collaborations with their classes

» Maintaining existing relationships with professors and documenting positive partnerships

» Work with student project teams who are interested in sustainable food projects. 

» Being consistent liaison between Leadership Team and Advisory Board 

 

Strong candidates will

» Be comfortable talking in front of groups about the sustainable food program

» Be organized, punctual and creative as you begin relationships with new professors

 

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Relations Coordinator

Your concentration will be in supporting UMSFP Member Groups and strengthening our entire organization’s network with other units like the Graham Institute, the Office of Campus Sustainability and groups operating outside of UM, like Slow Food Huron Valley.

 

Specific responsibilities include

» Helping to coordinate collaborative activities among the UMSFP member groups and ensure their success

» Establishing ties to organizations in Ann Arbor, Michigan and around the US

» Coordination of the monthly Member Group Council meetings and member group potlucks

» Maintaining and building relationships with University Administration

» Engaging a broad range of students and student organizations in sustainable food activities. 

 

Strong candidates will have

» Strong facilitation and conflict resolution and motivation skills

» The ability to identify partners in the community and maintain relationships with them

 

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