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Seeds of justice: How Muskegon is banding together to fight food insecurity

After facing some hard truths about health in Muskegon, residents are turning the city around. From an urban farm teaming up with doctors to provide patients with fresh produce to the downtown farmers market expanding access to fruits and vegetables for low-income families, the city's quest for better health is breaking down barriers and building community.

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Michigan farmers markets: Come for the farm-fresh produce, leave with a stronger community

All across Michigan farmers markets are open throughout the year and many have that special something that brings people together for more than the fruit and vegetables. They build community. 

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Farmers find out more about what's happening in their fields with drones

Today's tech-savvy farmers find out more about their fields and crops from high-flying drones.

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From grains to glass: Michigan craft distillers produce fine spirits from local crops

Michigan distillers are building their businesses with locally grown grains and fruits. They say there's room to grow.

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Michigan's newest winemakers are following their passion—and doing well

Michigan has 127 wineries and produces 2.5 million gallons of wine annually. May is when the state celebrates its wine makers and encourages tourists to visit as the wineries show their springtime colors.

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"Food, farms, and community": The Fulton Street Farmers Market in its 95th year

This year, the farmers market is celebrating its 95th year in operation with a new logo that reads “95 years of food, farming and community.” Markets like Fulton Street often help incubate local trade, commerce, and businesses, provide healthy alternatives to most modern food, and in many cases just provide the daily warmth of a smile and a handshake with each purchase.

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From organic farming to affording groceries: How the Farm Bill shapes GR's food landscape

Why should you care about the Farm Bill if you're not a farmer? Well, for starters, the legislation that's expected to be renewed next year could seriously harm farmers' markets and smaller farms. Leaders in Grand Rapids' food and agriculture scene explain what this massive bill could mean for our city, and why residents need to be paying attention.

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Military veterans find good fit in Michigan’s agricultural jobs

Military veterans' leadership training, skills, and perspective give them a grounding they need to help meet the challenges of producing food and rebuilding rural and urban communities. In Michigan, these protectors are turning into agricultural producers. 

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Agricultural skilled trades offer job opportunities for Michiganders

What does not require a four-year college education, is in demand, and pays well? Skilled-trade food and ag jobs. And the opportunities are out there across Michigan.

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Potatoes, pop and Jiffy corn muffins: Michigan's agri-businesses thrive and reinvest

Agriculture, food processors, and related businesses employ 923,000 Michiganders — 22 percent of the state’s workforce. March is the month the state sets aside to thanks its farmers and recognize the industry’s many career opportunities.

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Sí, se puede! Grand Rapidians march to support immigrants, farm workers in West Michigan

Grand Rapidians took to the streets for the annual César E. Chávez Social Justice March, calling for the respect, dignity and protection of all immigrants and emphasizing the driving force that migrant and seasonal farm workers play in the economy of West Michigan and the country.

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Kernel of an idea grows into family popcorn business under Michigan Cottage Food Law

Gene and Patricia McFarland have built their gourmet popcorn business from a home kitchen operation to a successful storefront where they sell their handcrafted flavored popcorn.

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Here's what success in building local food systems looks like

From education to certification, programs in the Upper Peninsula are helping farmers and buyers connect. Some of their work will soon be helping farmers in the Lower Peninsula, too.

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How Michigan is meeting the increasing demand for locally grown food

Demand for food grown locally continues to rise. At the upcoming Pure Michigan Agribusiness Summit, buyers and sellers come together to meet that demand.

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Heading home: For many who grew up on the farm, roots run deep

Paul Pridgeon remembers graduating from Central Michigan University and asking himself the question that swirls in the minds of so many recent graduates: now what?
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