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Harvest Festival this Sunday!

Come one, come all, to the 2015 Harvest Festival!

Enjoy bagpipes by Jared Aslakson, the vocal stylings of Madelyn Grant, and the banjo and tabla of The Back Nine

Food will be available from Fields Cafe and Michigan Dining, The Brinery, the People's Food Cooperative, SaladsUP and Lucky's Market (food free with admission)

Pie eating contest sponsored by Lesser Farms and Orchard and Why Not Pie?

Fall Harvest Oven Roast Kits with Recipe available for sale at the Festival

Tickets are available at pre-sale discount rates of $5 for students, $10 for community members until 11pm on Saturday. Click here to order!

Tickets will be available at the door at $6 for students, $12 for community members.

Children 4 and under are free!


East Quad Garden Opening!

Stop by the East Quad Garden, located near the corner of E. University and Hill, for their official opening and ribbon cutting! This garden is the result of the tireless efforts of a collaboration of faculty, staff and students. Let's celebrate!


UMSFP Harvest Festival around the corner!

UMSFP is proud to invite you to our fourth annual Harvest Festival! Join us on Sunday, September 27th from 1pm-5pm at the UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens to eat fresh, local food, explore the Campus Farm, listen to live music, participate in fun activities, and see what our member groups are up to!

Tickets are available in advance at a discount, and we will also have them at the door. Click here to reserve your spot!

We will also be holding a scarecrow making contest, open to all student organizations! For more details, click here.


Scarecrow Contest at Harvest Festival

Supporting the Washtenaw Food Hub at the Public Hearing!

UMSFP was recently contacted to help enlist help from our members in supporting a zoning change that would enhance the capabilities of the Washtenaw Food Hub ~~ here's a message from Deb Lentz from the local Tantre Farm about what positive changes the zoning modification would bring:

On June 1 the Ann Arbor Township Planning Commission is holding a public hearing at 7:30pm to decide whether to recommend changing the zoning designation of the Food Hub from a “Minor” to a “Major” agricultural education facility. We are hoping that you will come to speak in support of this change, or mail comments of support to us.

This zoning change would allow the Food Hub to have events with more than 50 people on site without special permission, and would help us decide how extensively we should renovate Building 1. For example, rather than just a few cosmetic improvements we would like to develop a full-fledged classroom, presentation, demo kitchen, and community gathering space. Some of the activities we’ve asked to be allowed to do include things like: 

- Monthly calendar of workshops (e.g., vermi-composting, organic gardening, beekeeping, etc.)

- Farmer, educator, and non-profit meetings (e.g., Food safety, Connecting to new markets, Business planning, MIFFS annual meeting, UM researcher and class meetings, Farmers Market managers, etc.)

- Film screenings (e.g., Food Inc., Fed Up, Food Chains, etc.)

- Annual CSA Fair promoting local farms and healthy eating

- Summer camps, for example for school age children a “Summer Farm Camp”

- Cooking classes and demonstrations (e.g., How to cook what’s in your CSA box this week, tomato canning, etc.)

- Seed swaps

- Educational events, lectures and conferences for participants from around the country and around the world

Our understanding of the June 1st agenda is that the Food Hub will present our case, then there will be time for community input, and finally the commissioners will debate whether to recommend this change to the Township Board. 

Ann Arbor Township’s position toward the Washtenaw Food Hub has been positive overall, but they need to hear if there is support from neighbors and community members before they will recommend this requested change.

If you are willing to come to speak in support or send comments of support, we would be glad to send an outline of talking points if that’s helpful (contact Deb Lentz from Tantre Farm at tantrefarm@hotmail). 

Time: June 1, 2015 at 7:30pm

Location: AA Township Hall, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI

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