Every Family Needs a Farmer!

                                               


Do you know who grows your food?

Michigan farmers grow an amazing variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and meat products, producing everything from apples to zuccinni! Michiganders, more than ever before have the opportunity to eat fresh, wholesome food grown locally all throughout the year.  

Many organizations and individuals are working hard to bring Michigan grown foods to your table.  Learn more about the many programs and organizations that are working to help consumers connect to the farmers who grow and raise quality, Michigan grown foods:

  

Farm Markets

From small road side stands to large Saturday markets, Farm Markets in Michigan are a traditional linkage between local food producers and consumers.

Farm Markets provide a source of locally grown products including food and other agricultural products.

Find a local Farm Market by visiting:

 - Michigan Farm Market Association's Find a Farmers Market Search Page 

- Michigan Farmers Market Directory 

Community Supported Agriculture 
A great way to connect directly with the farmer who grows your food is through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  

CSAs link the farm and farmer, to the end "eater", or consumer.  The central concept of a CSA is that consumers partner with the farmer, sharing the bounty as well as some of the risks of production.  

Learn more about CSA Farms in Michigan, visit the Community Supported Agriculture in Michigan website.  

Michigan Good Food Charter

Many organizations are working together to bolster Michigan's food and agriculture system to improve the state's food system. The Michigan Good Food Charter provides a vision for Michigan's food and agriculture system and outlines 25 agenda priorities for the next 10 years.  To learn more, visit the Michigan Good Food website.
 USDA-NRCS Assistance

The USDA works with farmers and food and agriculture system to strengthen local and regional food systems.  Through the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food effort, the USDA is leading a national conversation about food and agriculture to strengthen the connection between consumers and farmers.

In Michigan, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service works closely with farmers through Farm Bill programs.  Providing technical and cost share assistance, including specific programs targeting organic producers and those transitioning to organic production and seasonal high tunnels to help producers extend the growing season to produce more fresh produce.  

To learn more about these programs and many others offered through NRCS help farmers protect their land and Michigan's natural resources.  Visit the MACD Farm Bill page.

The increased interest by Michiganders in sourcing their foods locally and regionally provides many benefits.  Local and regional markets provide farmers with a higher share of the food dollar, which often stays local, circulating within a community provided further economic benefits.  More importantly, the increased awareness in where food comes from helps to build a bridge between our farmers and our consumers and the understanding of the critical importance of taking good care of the land that provides us with food, fiber, recreation, clean air and clean water!  

Are you interested in becoming involved in farming?  Are you a beginning farmer?  Click Here to learn more about the many resources available through Conservation Districts and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.