Agriculture and Food Systems

Bethany Housing Ministries dba Community Encompass – $5,000

McLaughlin Grows Educational Garden This match grant will leverage funds raised from other sources to construct a growing space next to an existing community farm in Muskegon. The new space will include no-till farm beds that students from area schools can use to grow and harvest produce that they can take home to their families.

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DPS Foundation – $7,500

DPSCD’s Horticulture Program This grant will provide one year of supplemental salary support for a horticulture teacher at Randolph Career and Technical Center. The Randolph CTE provides high school students with a career pathway education program that includes hands-on learning, job shadowing, project learning, apprenticeships, and certifications in various fields, including horticulture.

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United Way of Northeast Michigan – $20,000

Fostering a Circular Economy Rooted in Regional Food Systems This grant will expand programs that connect small- and medium-sized farmers in northeast Michigan to communities in need of fresh local produce. Project partners will establish pop-up farmers markets in eight communities, connect farmers to food service facilities at senior centers, schools, and other institutions, and

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