GTFA Seeks Funds for Food System Library and Media Center


The Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance operates the Food Innovation Hub at 1610 Barlow Street in Traverse City. The facility has already become the go-to convening spot for people, businesses, and nonprofits participating in the region’s robust food system.

We want to build a resource library for farms and food businesses to be housed in the Food Innovation Hub lobby. Along with a collection of books and reading materials pertinent to starting and running a farm or food business, there will also be access to computers for online research, video conferencing technology, and other support. It will be open to the public and will also feature regular office visits by support partners including, Michigan SBDC, SCORE, Venture North, Northern Initiatives, Commonplace Law, and others.

Join other supporters already making a difference.

Our modest $5,000 target by year’s end is designed to get things started, and we’ll build the project from there. Would you join me in supporting this good cause? The fund will go to support the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. If you’ve got a Facebook page, you make a quick donation here. Otherwise, feel free to send us a check.

If you’ve got books or other resource materials that would be important resources to new or expanding food businesses, we’ll take those too. Just let us know what you’ve got.

Books and print materials of interest:

  • Agricultural reference materials
  • Non fiction, essays, poetry related to agriculture, food, farming, etc.
  • Business reference books
  • Business start-up guides
  • Thought-leader books
  • Food industry references, catalogs, guides, etc.
  • Training manuals from food-system related workshops
  • Cookbooks

Media Center Equipment

  • Mac computer
  • Video editing equipment
  • DSLR camera
  • Quality microphones

In general, we’re looking for any reading materials that could be of assistance to starting and expanding food businesses including farms, value-added producers, and the community of support personnel that contribute to our thriving food system in northern Michigan.

Find out more about the GTFA.

The Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance is a 501(c)3 benefit organization. A portion of your donation may be tax-deductible according to IRS regulations. Please consult your tax preparer for specifics. Our federal tax ID is 46-3383451. And though we’re too young to show much activity, you can also see our listing on Guidestar.

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