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Food Economy Features

Carla Underwood

Michigan Nightlight Voices: What I learned as a 10th grader about the food system in Detroit

The youth program at the Detroit Food Policy Council teaches students about the local and national food economy through interactive trips and activities. Carla Underwood writes about her eye-opening experience in the program. 

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Pickled products, beans, flour, fruit and more: Michigan businesses export food with help of state

Here's some advice from Michigan food and agriculture businesses that are making the most of opportunities for exporting.

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Military veterans find good fit in Michiganís agricultural economy

Military veterans' leadership training, skills, and perspective give them a grounding they need to help meet the challenges of producing food and rebuilding rural and urban communities. In Michigan, these protectors are turning into agricultural producers.

Skilled Trades

Agricultural skilled trades offer job opportunities for Michiganders

What does not require a four-year college education, is in demand, and pays well? Skilled-trade food and ag jobs. And the opportunities are out there across Michigan.

Walther Farms

Potatoes, Pop, and JIFFY Corn Muffins: Michigan's agri-businesses thrive and reinvest

Agriculture, food processors, and related businesses employ 923,000 Michiganders—22 percent of the state’s workforce. And many of them are committed to staying, and investing, in the state. 
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Food Economy Videos

Jeff Adams stands between the growing racks at Artesian Farms

Brightmoor's Artesian Farms and the power of impact investing

In just 36 square feet of growing space, Detroit's Artesian Farms can grow as much produce as a 3700-square-foot conventional farm or garden. The owners credit a low-interest loan from the Max & Marjorie M. Fisher Foundation for their success.
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