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Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food Innovation Center
Greening Michigan Institute
Mariel Borgman is a Community Food Systems Educator serving southwest Michigan. Borgman’s areas of focus include farmers’ market and food system education for adults and youth, farm to institution technical assistance, and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) education for produce growers. Based in Kalamazoo at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Borgman works closely with the college’s Bronson Healthy Living Campus and Center of Excellence in Food Safety. In Calhoun County, Borgman is a member of Good Food Battle Creek, an organization working to further the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter to provide education and access to food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable. Borgman promotes MSU Extension’s Michigan Fresh campaign at local farmers’ markets to help people learn how to select or grow, use, store, and preserve Michigan foods. As a member of the Michigan Farm to Institution Tech-Ed subcommittee, Borgman assists in developing educational materials to support institutional buyers in their local food purchases. Borgman holds a B.S. in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College and a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.
March 22, 2018 | Thank your local honey bees for this sweet treat.
March 8, 2018 | Add variety, flavor and texture to your plate.
February 27, 2018 | Growers in Michigan have access to food safety resources at every step of the way.
January 22, 2018 | Michigan farmers will present about successful marketing strategies for fruit and vegetable farms.
December 28, 2017 | Sessions will focus on land access and conservation.
December 18, 2017 | Buying in now helps your farmer get ready for the growing season.
November 14, 2017 | Michigan poultry is available year round.
August 7, 2017 | Find fresh Michigan-grown sweet corn in August and September.
June 6, 2017 | Michigan-grown Asparagus has a short season that Michiganders look forward to each year.
March 13, 2017 | Second annual Southwest Michigan Food Safety Summit certifies 45 growers.