- Published on Monday, 25 May 2015 04:45
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
- Published on Monday, 06 April 2015 17:08
- Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 13:47
It's that time of year to celebrate the fall harvest! Come out to the Campus Farm on Sunday, October 5th, between 1 and 5pm for food, music, farm tours and fun! This year at the Festival we'll be enjoying seasonal foods and local music by the likes of Magdalen Fossum, Abigail Stauffer and The Appleseed Collective's dynamic duo, the Time Travelers! Free buses will be running between the Rackham Building and the Campus Farm on an hourly loop throughout the event, departing Rackham on the 45's from 12:45pm on, and departing Matthaei on the 15's until 5:15pm. There is also parking available at the farm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the innovative work of UMSFP's member groups. Donations can be made before the event via the "Giving" tab on our website, as well as in person at the festival.
RSVP to our Harvest Festival facebook event here!
- Published on Saturday, 01 June 2013 16:51
May 21, 2013 | by Graham Sustainability Institute
"Nearly 50 certified Planet Blue Ambassadors (faculty, students, and staff) participated in the first annual Planet Blue Ambassador Appreciation Day on Friday, May 10, 2013 at U-M's Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
The Ambassadors began the afternoon by being introduced to the U-M Campus Farm by leaders from the U-M Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP). While at the Campus Farm, Ambassadors volunteered to help prepare the garden for spring. Ambassadors weeded the plot, mulched, picked winter crops from the greenhouses, and planted the first crop of the season: potatoes."
- Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 03:21