Farmers & Institutional Purchasing

About us:

The Farmers & Institutional Purchasing Policy Action Team is made up of farmers and non-farmers alike. We are interested in Washtenaw food policy as it relates to farmers. We seek to create a voice for growers through influencing policy.  Our goals include reducing financial barriers so that small farmers can interact with a variety of market outlets as well as creating educational opportunities for small farmer business development.

 Next Meeting:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at Argus Farm Stop on Packard (1200 Packard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104)

Current Project:

Farmer-inspired Farm Bill education project.

2018 Farm Bill Videos (also found here):

Farmers Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill: Beginning Farmers

Farmers Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill: Conservation

Past Projects:

-Meet-the-Buyers Event

-New and Beginning Farmer Workshop Series: education about financial opportunities (grants, loans) and tools (business planning, etc.)

-Commissioned New Growth Associates, in collaboration with the Ecology Center to publish a report on the State of Institutional Purchasing in Washtenaw County so as to better understand the current landscape of our local food-chain on the institutional level.

-Submitted comments to the FDA on the new FSMA legislation and its effect on small farmers

– Assisted in the food mapping project which is being conducted by the larger Washtenaw County Food Policy Council

-Education and research surrounding local food and farmers

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