Online Resources

Local Organizatons 

  • Fair Food Matters  
  • “Our mission: To improve access to healthy, local food by educating, connecting, and empowering the Kalamazoo community.
  • Our vision: We envision thriving communities growing and distributing safe, nutritious, locally produced foods that foster healthy communities, environments, and economies.”
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  • Farms to K  
  • “Farms to K is a group of Kalamazoo College students, faculty, administrators, and staff joined by local farmers, our Creative Dining food-service manager, and the community advocacy group Fair Food Matters.
  • We have been working since Fall 2005 to build relationships between the College and local farmers to increase the amount of locally-grown food served in our cafeteria. We strive to educate our group members and our campus about the importance of buying and supporting our local food system. We are a service-learning organization and work with the Mary Jane Stryker Center for Civic Engagement to further engage with people in the surrounding community.”
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  • Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes
  • “Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and the largest provider of emergency food to hungry people in Kalamazoo County.”
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  • Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market
  • “The purpose of the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market is to: Connect consumers directly their food through honest learning relationships, supporting local food and related businesses through a vibrant farmers' market culture with community pride. We accept many forms of currency, including Food Assistance benefits to ensure the products of our market are accessible to more people in our community.”
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  • People’s Food Co-op
  • “The People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo exists to create access to food that is healthy for people, land, and the economy. This statement is known as our “Global Ends” and helps to direct every decision we make. As such, we are more than your average grocer!”

 

Michigan Organizations

  • Michigan Farmers Market Association
  • “The Michigan Farmers Market Association works with and for farmers market organizers, managers, farmers, vendors and friends to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products.”
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  • Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
  • “The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) was formed in February 2006 to address food insecurity in Detroit’s Black community, and to organize members of that community to play a more active leadership role in the local food security movement. We observed that many of the key players in the local urban agriculture movement were young whites, who while well-intentioned, never-the-less, exerted a degree of control inordinate to their numbers in Detroit’s population. Many of those individuals moved to Detroit from other places specifically to engage in agricultural or other food security work. It was and is our view that the most effective movements grow organically from the people whom they are designed to serve. Representatives of Detroit’s majority African-American population must be in the leadership of efforts to foster food justice and food security in Detroit. While our specific focus is on Detroit’s African-American community, we realize that improved policy and an improved localized food system is a benefit to all Detroit residents.”
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  • Michigan Good Food
  • “Michigan Good Food is a policy initiative centered on the Michigan Good Food Charter. The initiative aims to promote policy changes that will advance "good food" in Michigan - food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable.”
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  • Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance
  • “The Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance (MOFFA) was organized in 1992 as a non-profit organization. We work to create more public awareness about the nature of industrialized food supply and its environmental and social hazards. We teach 'eaters' to value and to choose organically grown food produced in their own locales. MOFFA is a force for generating public awareness about the need for more decentralized food systems that allow for greater participation and choice on the part of all citizens.”
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  • Michigan Urban Farming Initiative
  • “The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to engage members of the Michigan community in sustainable agriculture. We believe that challenges unique to the Michigan community (e.g., vacant land, poor diet, nutritional illiteracy, and food insecurity) present a unique opportunity for community-supported agriculture. Using agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community—while simultaneously reducing socioeconomic disparity—we hope to empower urban communities.”
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  • Mitten Crate
  • “Mitten Crate is a subscription box service for people who would like to discover Michigan made, artisan foods. Each month, our team will curate a box of 4-6 delicious food items, made right here in Michigan, and send it right to your front door.”
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Urban Farming

  • Ghost Town Farm: A Blog by Novella Carpenter
  • “A child of back-to-the-land hippies, I grew up in Idaho and Washington State. I went to University of Washington in Seattle where I majored in Biology and English. I’ve had many odd jobs including: assassin bug handler, book editor, media projectionist, hamster oocyte collector, and most recently, free-lance journalist.
  • I studied under Michael Pollan at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for two years. My journalistic work reflects my interests–in farming, food, the environment, and culture. In a nutshell, I like to tell stories about people who follow unconventional paths. As for the urban farmer in me, I’ve been cultivating the city for over ten years now, and my neighbors still think I’m crazy. It all started with a few chickens, then some bees, until I had a full-blown farm near downtown Oakland. My memoir about this farm was published by the Penguin Press June 11, 2009, and is available at most bookstores. If it’s not at your favorite shop–just ask them to order a few copies. Farm City is now in paperback, as of May 25, 2010.”
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  • Local Harvest
  • “The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.”
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  • Urban Farming
  • “The Urban Farming™ mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, and inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe.”
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  • The Urban Farming Guys
  • “Who are we? We are the urban experiment…We are the seed that died and went into the ground. We have purposefully relocated our homes into one of the most blighted and dangerous zipcodes in the U.S. 64127, Lykins Neighborhood, Kansas City to put down our stake for the youth and the poor and for the next generation. What is going to happen to us … who knows? We are a band of pioneers. We don’t claim this is good idea…. it is our lives. It runs in our blood… to rebuild the ancient walls and cultivate the life of the inner-city, here in the land where the Police helicopter is the favorite bird, and neighborhood meetings hold stories of wild drama, where dropping crime stats are our touchdown cheer. Just to see people walking their dogs around the block again is a sign of good things to come. Stay tuned for great adventure, life, tears, victories and grand defeats ahead!”
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Other

  • American Farmland Trust
  • “American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.  As the vital link among farmers, conservationists and policy-makers, we’re focused on ensuring the availability of the land that provides fresh food, a healthy environment and lasting rural landscapes.”
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  • Cesar Chavez: An American Hero Official Trailer #1 (2014)
  • A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Directed by Diego Luna, written by Keir Pearson (screenplay) and Timothy J. Sexton. Starring Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta, John Malkovich as Bogdanovitch, and Michael Peña as Cesar E. Chavez. 
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  • Food+Tech Connect
  • “Food+Tech Connect is a media and research company building a network for innovators transforming the business of food. Through news, analysis and research, we help people identify and understand market needs, emerging technologies and successful business models. Through events, we connect the leading thinkers and doers from the worlds of food, agriculture, health and technology.”
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  • Just Food
  • “Just Food is a non-profit organization that connects communities and local farms with the resources and support they need to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to all New Yorkers. Just Food empowers regional farmers and food producers, CSA organizers and everyday eaters to establish and experience healthy food systems—in every neighborhood.”
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  • Oxfam - GROW
  • “Oxfam's GROW campaign aims to build a better food system: one that sustainably feeds a growing population (estimated to reach nine billion by 2050) and empowers poor people to earn a living, feed their families, and thrive - Learn more.”