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.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Argus Farm Stop (1200 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104)
Farmer-inspired Farm Bill education project
-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
Meeting Minutes 2017
Meeting Minutes 2016
Meeting Minutes 2015
Meeting Minutes 2014