Michigan Farm to Institution Network

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network is a space for learning, sharing and working together to get more local food to institutions. We aim to meet the 20% by 2020 goal of the Michigan Good Food Charter.

We help:

  • Farmers and food suppliers provide the local foods institutions want in the forms they need;
  • Institutions such as hospitals, schools, preschool programs and colleges find, purchase and use local foods; and
  • Eaters at institutions identify, value and enjoy local foods.

Network Membership is available to Farm to Institution practitioners, farmers, suppliers, advocates, supporters and researchers.

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network is coordinated by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

Visit the Network's website for more information.

Management Team

  • Colleen Matts, Coordinator, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS)
  • Kathryn Colasanti, Impacts Subcommittee Chair, MSU CRFS
  • Garrett Ziegler, Tech Ed Subcommittee Co-Chair, MSU Extension Community Food Systems
  • Kaitlin Wojciak, Tech Ed Subcommittee Co Chair, MSU Extension Community Food Systems

Advisory Committee

  • Mary Brower, Bluestem Farm
  • Jane Feenstra, Gordon Food Service
  • Amanda Gallaher, Association for Child Development
  • Maureen Husek, Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak
  • Kelly Lively, Cherry Capital Foods
  • Sarah Monte, Upper Peninsula Food Exchange
  • Glenn Noffsinger, ProTeam Foodservice Advisors
  • Janine Oberstadt, Creative Dining Services
  • Eric Pearson, Pearson Foods
  • Christine Quane, Eastern Market
  • Brian Rosso, American House Senior Living
  • Brandon Seng, Michigan Farm to Freezer
  • Keith Soster, University of Michigan
  • Carolyn Thomas, Macomb Intermediate School District
  • Filiberto Villa, Farmers on the Move

Leadership Team (State Agency Partners)

  • Diane Golzynski, Michigan Department of Education
  • Melissa Lonsberry, Michigan Department of Education
  • Jaime Malnar, Michigan Department of Education
  • Lori Yelton, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development