Putting that past and present together for a future of good food and profitable farming in their rural communities was the topic for the day. They were not the least bit fazed the region's short growing season or sparse population. The sentiment throughout the day was one of: “We're a small community, and we know how to work together.”
- More than 1,000 people attending an August Breakfast on the Farm event.
- A new local foods issue of the area’s Homegrown magazine.
- Seven farmers’ markets in three Eastern U.P. counties, including a winter extension of the Sault Ste. Marie market at the Bayliss Public Library.
- The Marquette Food Coop and its role as a market for farms and an educational resource for everyone. Projects include the U.P. Farm Directory and the Marquette Hoophouse project.
- A major Centers for Disease Control grant to the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians that will support development of local food councils and other health initiatives.
- The “U.P. Agricultural Assessment,” which a coalition of groups will release in early January. The project has collected data about farmers and farming in the U.P. along with videos and close-up interviews of agricultural entrepreneurs. Contact Marquette Food Coop outreach director Natasha Lantz for more: 906.225.0671 ext.11, <email@example.com>.
- Regional food hub discussions both in the Eastern U.P. and at the Marquette Food Coop as a central point for the entire U.P. The Marquette Food Coop is preparing to expand, and its most likely location could include teaching space and a small warehouse and distribution area, said general manager Matt Gougeon.