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Cultivate Michigan: Reflections and Lessons

A deep dive into a state-wide local food purchasing support program.


Colleen Matts, Farm to Institution Specialist with the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and Coordinator of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) reflects on Cultivate Michigan, a member-based campaign launched with the network in 2014. Designed to help member institutions find, buy, promote, and track more local foods as they work toward the Michigan Good Food Charter goal of 20% Michigan foods by 2020, Cultivate Michigan has also proven to be an important platform for communication, gathering information, and network organizing.



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Colleen MattsColleen Matts works throughout Michigan to cultivate local food purchasing programs at institutions including schools, colleges, universities, and hospitals by linking farm to institution partners, developing and sharing resources, and providing technical assistance and policy support. She is the Michigan Core Partner for the National Farm to School Network and co-lead of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network and its local food purchasing campaign, Cultivate Michigan. Colleen has an MS in Agriculture, Food, and Environment with a specialization in community development from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She joined the CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems, now CRFS, in 2007.

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