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Meat Processing Feasibility Study
Michigan Good Food Charter
Your support of the Michigan Good Food Charter encourages decision and policy makers to support the growing of healthy, green, fair, and affordable food across Michigan. Tell all of your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to become supporters as well. Show your support by adding your name or business/agency name to the growing list of those who believe in the power of a vibrant, local food system to improve the personal health of our citizens and the financial health of our communities. Sign the Michigan Good Food Charter HERE!
Food Safety Resources
UPFE has been helping farms navigate the oblique waters of food safety since 2012. In 2014, UPFE facilitated a group as part of the USDA’s Group GAP pilot project. Below is a handful of documents that we’ve developed along the way.
Small Farmers Can Make Food Safety Work: The Group GAP Pilot Project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula–This document was authored by the MSU Center For Regional Food Systems. Visit their website to access this document
Group GAP Pilot Study 1.19.15–This document describes UPFE’s Group GAP pilot program in detail
UPFE Food Safety Manual Template –This is the template given to farms in the UPFE network. It is an editable Word document.
UPFE Food Safety Manual Template Log Sheets –These logs accompany the Food Safety Manual Template above. It is a series of editable Excel worksheets.
GAPGHP Checklist with Manual References–This is a copy of the USDA’s GAP/GHP Audit Checklist with corresponding page numbers to the UPFE Food Safety Manual. This will help your audit go much more smoothly!
UPFE Group GAP Checklist – This is a checklist of the items in the UPFE Food Safety Manual Template that need to be filled out in order to be considered complete
UPFE GAP Educators–This is a list of GAP Educators in the UP who can visit your farm and talk through food safety issues with you.
Frost Free Hydrants–This is a PowerPoint presentation by MSU Extension educator Lyndon Kelley that discusses issues around using frost free hydrants in Michigan.
Community Food Systems Guide –A guide to engaging in with the local food system and local units of government
Farm to School Resources
Farm To School Booklet 2017–A brief overview of the Central UP Farm to School efforts
Ken Meter’s 2013 Studies
Ken Meter is an analyst who works to empower communities with tools they can use to create a more sustainable future. He was commissioned by UPFE in 2013 to characterize the state of the UP’s food system. The results are included below.
Food & Farming Links
The following links are ones that we believe you will find useful as you learn more about local food systems. Please let us know what other great sites we should link to.
EUP Conservation District
Harmony Health Foods
Healthway Nutrition Center
Marquette Food Co-op
Marquette NRCS Office
Northwinds Natural Foods
Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC)
Western U.P. Health Department
State of Michigan
Allen Neighborhood Marketplace
Cherry Capital Foods
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Michigan Farm Bureau
Michigan Farmers Market Association
Michigan Food & Farming Systems
Michigan Food Hub Learning & innovation Network
Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance (MOFFA)
Michigan State University Extension
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
MSU Product Center
Washtenaw Food Hub
Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)
National Farmers Union
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NACSAC)
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)
United State Department of Agriculture (USDA-AMS)
Wallace Center/Winrock International