Funding for Local Food and Farms

As northern Michigan farmers work to build a sustainable, local-food economy, they need funding and other support to get started, expand current operation, build year-round growing capacity or establish new business models. USDA Rural Development, MSU Extension, Taste the Local Difference and the Food and Farming Network have teamed up with local sponsors and organizations to make it easier for farmers, growers and producers to find the help they need. The Funding Local Farms & Foods workshops will point local growers toward government agencies, non-profits and private lenders who can offer funding and other resources.
To offer the most relevant information and keep attendees close to home, two sessions are being offered with similar content. The first event will be from 6pm-8:30pm on February 20th at the Grow Benzie Community Center (5885 Frankfort Highway, Benzonia, MI 49616) and will feature resource providers from Manistee, Benzie and Grand Traverse Counties. The second event will be from 6pm-8:30pm on March 6th at the Charlevoix Public Library (220 Clinton Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720) and will feature resource providers from Kalkaska, Antrim and Charlevoix Counties.

Please RSVP using this link:

WHO? Everyone is welcome.

HOW MUCH? Folks are encouraged to bring a dish to pass, but is not required.

February 20th
Grow Benzie Event Center & Kitchen
5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115), Benzonia, 49616
*** 1 mile west of stoplight in Benzonia
*** 5 miles east of Frankfort
*** 20 miles west of Interlochen
*** 30 miles north of Manistee

March 6th
Charlevoix Public Library
220 Clinton Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

If Charlevoix Public Schools or Benzie County Central Schools are closed, the event will be cancelled/postponed.

QUESTIONS: 231-882-9510