Innovations in the Institutional Food System


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Bringing healthy local food to schools, hospitals, and your religious institution is getting easier with new connections between farmers, food hubs and local markets. On Sunday, December 7, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, join us for a panel discussion and hoop house tour. Our panel will address the impact of growing healthy communities through gardens and programs that teach kids, adults and staff the value of the food they eat while nourishing body and soul in the process.


  • DAN BAIR, Farm Manager, The Farm at St. Joes’
  • NICKI MILGROM, Ecology Center, Healthy Food in Healthcare
  • BETTI WIGGINS, Executive Director, Office of Food Services at Detroit Public Schools

The panel includes Nicki Milgrom, Healthy Food in Healthcare from the Ecology Center, and Dan Bair, the Farm manager at St. Joe Farm, who will also give us a tour of a hoop house where food is growing even in the winter. The panel will be moderated by Locavorious’ own Rena Basch. Betti Wiggins, the inspirational director of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) food service, will bring her expertise on sourcing Michigan grown agricultural products, often going great distances to leverage her buying directly from farmers.  DPS has already met the goal of purchasing over 20% of their fresh food from the state of Michigan. We’re excited to have Betti explain how kids learn and benefit from this program, including school gardens.

Please register at:   Admission is free, but your tax-free donation will be gratefully accepted.

Where: The Farm at St. Joe – St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsi.

Womens’ Health Center,  5320 Elliott Drive, Classroom 1

Questions? Email Carole

Organized by Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Jewish Congregation and Pardes Hannah, in partnership with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and Jewish Alliance for Food, Land and Justice. This Food, Land and Justice program is made possible by a generous grant from The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor.

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