- Published on Sunday, 30 March 2014 17:13
Do you think about The Brinery every night before you go to sleep in your airstream? Do you ferment for fun or preserve on principal? Does your smile and enthusiasm light up your favorite farm on weekends? Are you completely in awe of CSAs, local food culture and (most importantly) cabbage & seat salt?
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- Published on Monday, 24 March 2014 03:41
About Westside Farmers’ Market: 2014 marks the ninth year of the Westside Farmers’ Market that happens in the Zingerman’s Roadhouse parking lot every Thursday 3-7pm June through September. We have grown substantially over the past few years, and continue to push ourselves to provide more activities and events at the market to fulfill our mission (stated below) to serve the community:
We, the diverse community dedicated to the Westside Farmer’s Market supply all citizens with a wide variety of high quality, fresh, locally produced food where the relationship between vendor and consumer is one of trust.
We serve the Ann Arbor’s west side environs, providing local farmers and artisans with direct opportunities to market in a profitable, engaging, and family-friendly setting.
We educate the public about the myriad benefits associated with choosing local markets in a fun and captivating manner.
- Published on Monday, 24 March 2014 03:30
Description of Nature and Nurture
We are the owners of Nature and Nurture, Mike Levine and Erica Kempter. We have been doing organic landscape maintenance, fruit and vegetable gardening, and consulting for 20 years. Our farm was purchased in 2013 and we are in the exciting process of moving and expanding to the farm. We live on-site year round. We are transitioning to become a certified organic farm and are on track to do that by 2017. We are located about 8 miles west of downtown Ann Arbor (pop. 111,300). The closest town is the village of Dexter (small town, pop. 4,139), about 2.8 miles to the north.
Our farm is situated on 77.5-acres of wetlands, woods, and clay-loam fields with diverse topography. We have at least 40 acres of fields and the rest is wooded. We produce shiitake mushrooms which are sold to local restaurants. We grow vegetable seeds and sell them online through Nature and Nurture Seeds. Extra produce is sold through various avenues. We have a fruit tree nursery. We teach organic gardening classes. All of these projects will be expanded at our new farm. In addition, we will be planning, designing, and implementing permaculture, edible forest projects, and restoration agriculture. A local farmer will be growing organic hay on many of our acres. We will be continuing our landscape gardening business which is primarily offsite at various residences in the Ann Arbor area.
- Published on Thursday, 20 March 2014 19:23
What did student leadership in sustainable food look like on campus in 2013?
- 1,900+ volunteer hours logged at the Campus Farm
- 5,000+ lbs of food recovered from 2 dining halls
- 38 class projects completed
- 3 on-campus gardens tended (with others in the works)
- Fresh, affordable produce sold on campus each and every 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
- Published on Sunday, 16 March 2014 21:31
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 Friday, March 21 (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 at least 3 undergrad and 3 graduate students. Thanks for helping us choose the leadership that will carry the UMSFP forward!
Your 2014-2014 Leadership Team candidates are...