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From grains to glass: Michigan craft distillers produce fine spirits from local crops

Michigan distillers are building their businesses with locally grown grains and fruits. And they say there's room to grow.

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Incubator kitchens help launch new Michigan food businesses

A small commercial kitchen equipped with the basics could cost $50,000, a price beyond the reach of most beginning food business owners. Luckily, food incubators across the state give them a place for their businesses to grow.

Olivia Henry, youth programs coordinator for Detroit Food Policy Council

Olivia Henry, under-30 leader at the Detroit Food Policy Council, just wants to help people

Henry, 26, recently celebrated her one year anniversary as youth programs coordinator for Detroit Food Policy Council. But she's been involved in public service her whole life.

A production conveyor at Grobbel's

The intriguing science and STEM jobs behind Grobbel and Ginsberg corned beef

As science writer Lauren Tanabe discovered, corned beef is the gastronomical magic that occurs when science, technology, and culture intersect with brisket. And it's also the locus of a surprising number of STEM jobs.

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Michigan's newest winemakers are following their passion -- and doing well

Michigan has 127 wineries and produces 2.5 million gallons of wine. This is the time of year when the state celebrates its wine makers and encourages tourists to visit as the wineries show their springtime colors.
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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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