Introducing the GT Foodshed Alliance

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From Bill Palladino

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It won’t surprise me if you’ve never heard of the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance. We’re a quiet bunch, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy. Since 2013, the GTFA has been working to fill some of the gaps in the food system of Michigan. Over the past few years, we’ve been chipping away at our mission in the confines of the little facility we call the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub.  (There’s a story on our blog here.)

We built the Food Innovation Hub and opened its doors in 2015 to provide reasonably priced, high-quality, food manufacturing spaces for value-added food producers. We work with tenants, encouraging them to use locally grown and produced food in their products. Every one of our nine tenants also benefits from the synergies that sharing space offers. GTFA’s nonprofit mission allows us to lease these spaces at below-market rates so that these growing food businesses can concentrate on the requirements of expansion. (See our mission on the website.)

Introducing the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance.

It’s time we come out of our shell. The Food Innovation Hub is now the center of activity for the region’s food system at work. I’d love to give you a tour and show you how easy it is to connect with Northern Michigan’s local food community.  I’m happy to be working with a terrific and dedicated board of directors who will be helping me to accomplish our important work. We’ve also got some exciting news to share about a new project to create a food system library and media center. Click here or the on the image below for that story.

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Come by for a visit here any day, and you might see a meeting of the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network, one of our tenants getting counseled by UpNorth SCORE mentors, a product tasting from Cherry Capital Foods, or even yours truly baking sourdough bread in the kitchen.

Don’t be late to this party, join our mailing list!

The GTFA has something to offer farms, food businesses, and the organizations that serve them. If you haven’t already, make sure to join one of our newsletter mailing lists or update your subscription preferences here.

Get the full story, an update of where the GTFA stands today, and how we assist new and emerging farms, food businesses, and foodies, on our blog. As 2017 draws to a close, donating to the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance is one of the most important things you can do to support Northern Michigan’s food system.

Thanks so much for reading.

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