small farms http://michiganradio.org en Network aims to boost Michigan-produced food http://michiganradio.org/post/network-aims-boost-michigan-produced-food <p>LANSING –&nbsp;A new network aims to connect farmers, food processors, and food service directors as part of an effort to increase the amount of Michigan-produced food served in institutions.</p><p>The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the nonprofit Ecology Center environmental group&nbsp;on Thursday&nbsp;announced the launch of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network.</p><p>Organizers want schools, child care centers, hospitals, colleges and universities to get 20 percent of their food products from Michigan growers, producers and processors by 2020. The Center for Regional Food Systems says food service directors have expressed interest in the idea.</p><p>The Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center is working with Michigan hospitals on the effort. A campaign called "Cultivate Michigan" aims to help institutions reach the goal.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:34:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17093 at http://michiganradio.org Network aims to boost Michigan-produced food Changes could be on horizon for backyard farmers http://michiganradio.org/post/changes-could-be-horizon-backyard-farmers <p>Many small and urban farms could lose the protection of Michigan's Right to Farm Act.</p><p>The Act protects farmers against nuisance lawsuits if they follow Michigan's Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPS).</p><p>The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development wants to exclude farms with fewer than 50 animals from Right to Farm protection if those farms are in areas zoned exclusively residential.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:45:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16119 at http://michiganradio.org Changes could be on horizon for backyard farmers Karate farmers take back the neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/karate-farmers-take-back-neighborhood <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976752.mp3</p><p>King Karate is a martial arts studio that&rsquo;s been in the Flint area for 22 years. But in the past few years, the couple who run the studio have broadened their definition of self-defense&hellip;and that&rsquo;s why they&rsquo;ve added farming to their arsenal.</p><p>18 year old Hakim Gillard has a lot on his plate today.</p><p>First he&rsquo;s got to harvest vegetables for tomorrow&rsquo;s farmer&rsquo;s market...</p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 13:42:05 +0000 Kyle Norris 3146 at http://michiganradio.org Karate farmers take back the neighborhood Flint "karate farmers" win award http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-karate-farmers-win-award <p>Two black belts have combined karate and urban farming, in a push to revitalize a Flint-area neighborhood, and they&rsquo;ve just won the Small Farmer of the Year award for Michigan.</p><p>The award goes to husband and wife, Jacky and Dora King. They run the <a href="http://kingkarate.org/">King&nbsp; Karate school</a> and the <a href="http://kingkarate.org/index.php/harvesting-earth-farm">Harvesting Earth Educational Farm.</a></p><p>On their website, the King&#39;s say they employ local youth to help out on the farm.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;<span style="font-size: 10pt;">We have had students who did not know that potatoes grow in the ground, but thought instead they grew in trees!</span>&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The Flint Journal reports the couple beat out farmers in Isabella and Ionia counties for the award.</p><p>A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the award recognizes farmers based on their conservation efforts, such as preventing erosion and water contamination, and community involvement. The farm also has been nominated for the national Lloyd Wright Small Black Farmer Award. Sun, 08 May 2011 17:17:35 +0000 Kyle Norris 2400 at http://michiganradio.org Flint "karate farmers" win award