Michigan Food & Farming Systems is a statewide, non-profit organization connecting beginning and historically underserved farmers to each other and resource opportunities; ensuring social justice, environmental stewardship, and profitability. 
Dear MIFFS Supporters,

Welcome to August, an exciting month for us at the MIFFS "office!" We have three staff birthdays in the next couple weeks and look forward to our boomin zoomin birthday party! Many other wheels are turning this month- lots of resources and grant opportunities to get to and also many workshops to register for! This newsletter comes out (usually) on the first Friday of every month filled with many opportunities but what can you do for the other days of the month? The miffs.org/resources page is constantly updated to include the most up to date workshops, jobs, resources, and grants. We also invite you to send along your workshops or other information that might be beneficial to our supporters to the email: info@miffs.org

We are excited to bring the team back together to start planning for the 2023 Michigan Family Farms Conference! We had our first meeting this past week and we would love to see more of our supporters join us. If you are interested in joining the call or learning more about what we do (or join our planning team), email john@miffs.org and we can set something up to chat! Our next planning team meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, August 8 at 10am at the zoom link here

Lots of farms and organizations across the state have reached out to us to get the word out about the many job opportunities available:
  • Green Things Farm Collective: Seasonal Full-time Production Crew Member/ Farmington Market Specialist info here
  • Titus Farms is seeking many positions! Info here
  • MSU Student Organic Farm crew apply here
  • Eastern Market Partnership Food & Health Fellows info here
  • Bluestem Farms farm crew info here

The USDA has announced funding to support food safety certifications:
"USDA’s new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) program will help to offset costs for specialty crop producers to comply with regulatory requirements and market-driven food safety certification requirements, which is part of USDA’s broader effort to transform the food system to create a more level playing field for small and medium producers and a more balanced, equitable economy for everyone working in food and agriculture."
We will have more information about this program but in the meantime, check out the announcement here and the website here.

With Energy,
The MIFFS Team
  • Open apiary session at Bee Wise Farms. August 19, 5:30pm. Bee Wise Farms, MIFFS, and Michigan AgrAbility invite all beekeepers to a FREE workshop to learn about accessible technology you can use to support beekeeping with physical limitations. Ned Stoller of AgrAbility and Dr. Adam Ingrao of Bee Wise Farms and MIFFS will be sharing accessible technology they have been recommending to beekeepers for nearly a decade to support all sorts of limitations like back injuries, arthritis, amputations, and mobility restrictions. This event will also include an opportunity for beekeepers to try out many accessible technology devices on site including hive lifts, power wagons, and so much more. The event is for all levels of beekeeping experience. Register at the link: https://forms.gle/UbCzZwyF3wW3D45W8

  • Cultivating Resilience - 2022 Farm Field Day Thursday, August 18th. Location: Shady Side Farm (13275 Blair Street Holland, MI 49424) For questions, please email ottawacd@macd.org or call 616-842-5852 Ext. 5. This free event is focused on agricultural education, with noted national and Michigan industry experts sharing their knowledge with local farmers and conservation and agribusiness professionals. Register here

  • Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future for Michigan August 9, 2022 2pm. America’s farm and ranch lands are rapidly disappearing, threatening our rural communities and agricultural economy, jeopardizing future food security, and increasing vulnerability to extreme weather events. Michigan faces a choice: let poorly planned development of this vulnerable resource continue or work to safeguard more farmland through better land-use planning and additional farmland protection tools. Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future, a new report from American Farmland Trust, maps three alternative futures out to the year 2040 in Michigan. Join AFT’s National Agricultural Land Network Director and guests to explore highlights of our findings and what they mean for the future of agriculture in Michigan. Registration here

  • Culture is Our Wellness [La Cultura Cura] August 18, 2022 1pm. The science of medicine has been part of every culture around the world. However, the contemporary allopathic medical model represents only part of our understanding of health, healing, and wellbeing, and not failing to mention, it is not always accessible to marginalized communities. This webinar introduces the practice of Curanderismo as an ethno-indigenous form of health and healing originating in Mesoamerica and practiced among many Latinx communities. The presenters will discuss their work with traditional medicine and present the specializations of Curanderismo, which can be used by people of all cultural backgrounds and various health providers with their patients. Register here

  • Este curso se realizará el 17 y 24 de septiembre del 2022 (dos sábados consecutivos), de 9:45 a.m. a 2:30 p.m. hora de verano del este (EDT, Eastern Daylight Time) - asegúrese de estar disponible para estos horarios en ambas fechas antes de inscribirse en este curso. El curso se impartirá utilizando la plataforma de videoconferencia Zoom. Para ser elegible de recibir la Constancia de finalización del curso emitido por AFDO, tiene que estar presente y participar en todos los módulos del curso (ambos sábados). Su video tiene que ser visible para los ponentes (los fondos virtuales son aceptables, pero necesitamos poder ver su video para verificar su participación). Si no está familiarizado con la plataforma Zoom, visite nuestra página de consejos para tomar un curso de capacitación para productores de la Alianza PSA en Zoom. Este curso está limitado a 20 participantes. Una vez que contemos con el mínimo de 10 inscripciones en el curso, usted será contactado para que podamos obtener su información de pago. Si no obtenemos el mínimo número de participantes, el curso será cancelado el lunes 5 de septiembre.

Phone: 517.709.8271 Email: info@miffs.org