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Goats for sale

2 female goats for sale. 2 years old. Have been family/farm pets. Initially purchased with intent to milk, but never been bred. Must sell as a pair. $100 OBO for the pair. Call Rebecca at 906-259-0228, or email rebeccalwerner@yahoo.com.

 


Land for rent or barter

I have about 8-9 acres available to rent or barter for something like cow manure. It is located on Nicolet Rd., 10 miles south of Sault Ste. Mare. It’s a sandy loam, slow to dry out in the spring. It was once a hay field, existing hay is poor quality. No water source.

call Neil at 906-322-4264 or email nrmoran188@gmail.com.


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easternThe primary goal of the Eastern Upper Peninsula (EUP) Food Hub, which encompasses Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac counties, is to develop and implement strategies that will help support the viability and sustainability of EUP Agriculture and food production. Our regional growers and producers face a number of challenges and opportunities and we believe a solid, producer/agency driven collaborative can have a very positive, short- and long-term impact. The goal is to see growers/food producers earn more from food production and to make locally produced food more available to restaurants, schools and other institutions in the EUP.

While many organizations were working with farmers and institutions to address barriers and help them capitalize on opportunities, the formal collaboration began in late 2010. MSU Extension, Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District and several interested individuals came together to talk about how to move work forward in a more coordinated manner.

A small grant from the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation allowed the informal coordinating committee to gather some data from farmers through a small survey and series of local meetings with producers and other interested parties. These meetings culminated in the first EUP Local Food Summit in November 2011.

Through these meetings and the EUP Local Food Summit, needs were identified in the following areas:

  • Consumer education, develop stronger demand for local products
  • Sustain and expand regional food production
  • Connect institutional customers with local producers
  • Attract new, young farmers and help them develop support networks
  • Develop regional aggregation and distribution infrastructure
  • Develop regional processing facilities (dairy, meat, value-added)
  • Address legislative and regulatory obstacles that create barriers for local production and consumption

In addition, the Central and Eastern UP Food Hubs are collaborating with the Sault Tribe Community Transformation Grant Project. The Community Transformation Grant was awarded to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September 2011. One goal of this grant is to increase the availability, accessibility, affordability and identification of healthy foods. The EUP Food Hub has worked closely with this program to best leverage the tasks they are completing through this grant. This has been a good balance as the EUP Food Hub project has come at the issues mostly from the producer and institution viewpoint, the Sault Tribe grant is focusing on the food access and health/nutrition pieces.

We are excited that this work has grown to have a coordinated effort in the Western, Central and Eastern UP, as well as the coordinating efforts of the UP Food Exchange.

For more information, to learn about local events, volunteer for a committee, share your stories, or join our email list, contact:

Michelle Walk
MSU Extension Community Food Systems Educator
319 Court Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
906-635-6368
walkmich@msu.edu

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eup_foodsummitFirst annual EUP Local Food Summit, November 2011, held at LSSU. Over 50 participants representing producers, restaurants, agencies, schools and
interested individuals.
eup_foodsummit22nd Annual EUP Local Food Summit, November 2012. Mark and Deanna Jones, Beaver Meadow Creek Farms, and Michelle Cole, Upper Crust Pizza, sharing their positive experience buying local produce for their menu.
ag_assessOver 100 farms participated in the UP Ag Assessment conducted in 2011. Mike Kowalski of Lazy K Ranch located in Rudyard, was one of the farms that graciously agreed to a follow up site visit to participate in a more in depth conversation.
ssm_fmA busy day at the Sault Ste. Marie Farmers Market, August 2012. There are now 7 farmers markets in the Eastern UP – Sault Ste. Marie, Detour, Pickford, St. Ignace, Curtis, Engadine and Newberry