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The Ecology Center - Farm to Institution Campaign Director

September 2015

The Ecology Center seeks a Farm to Institution Campaign Director to provide leadership and help connect the dots between our unhealthy industrialized food system and a ‘Good Food System’ for Michiganders and beyond. The position is primarily responsible for the success of Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) and its local food purchasing campaign Cultivate Michigan, an effort that was launched in 2014 and is co-led by the Ecology Center and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to work toward the goal of the Michigan Good Food Charter that institutions source 20% of their food locally by the year 2020. Furthermore, as an organizer for Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), the position will help determine regional specific projects to help move national sustainable food systems campaigns forward in and around the Great Lakes.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Farm to Institution Campaign Director is a full-time position providing support to Ecology Center’s Sustainable Food, Healthy Communities program. It will help to direct the strategies and activities, identify and pursue opportunities to leverage funding, fill education and resource gaps and cultivate leadership within MFIN and Cultivate Michigan while recruiting members and participants and supporting key projects and partners. In addition to essential, ongoing responsibilities of the co-lead role, some ongoing duties of this position will include managing key functions of Cultivate Michigan website and accounts, working with outside developers as necessary; supporting content development for communications; providing maintenance and dissemination of resources, including, but not limited to informational brochures, purchasing guides and promotional materials; and assisting with event coordination, logistics and facilitation. There will be opportunities for special projects related to procurement and supply chain activities, which will be added to the set of responsibilities as determined by the Sustainable Foods, Healthy Communities team.


Applications due October 1, 2015. 


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Harvest Festival Recap

We had so much fun at the Harvest Festival, yesterday! We had beautiful weather and lots of friendly faces come out to see the farm and join the fun! We are so thankful to all those who helped UMSFP start the year with a bang, especially the event volunteers, the local institutions and businesses who graciously donated their time and food, all the student groups who came out, the UMSFP advisory board, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, and everyone else who came to the event or helped in even the smallest way--Your time and contribution were truly appreciated! Thank you!

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!


Harvest Festival is 1 Week Away!

Our 4th Annual Harvest Festival is already next Sunday! You can see the full event on facebook at and make sure you get your tickets ASAP at See you there! 

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