MIFFS and FSEP Come Together to Support the Tillian Farm Development Center
posted on August 7, 2014 1:47pm
Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) and the Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP) have come together to collaboratively support the ongoing work of the Tilian Farm Development Center. Tilian is a year-round farm, working with producers who wish to scale-up their businesses at a collective site that offers shared resources and farmer-to-farmer coaching. Learn more about Farming Centers…
Most recently, the FSEP Board and MIFFS Council have hired a new farm program manager, Stefanie Stauffer. Stefanie will work through August with Tilian’s current farm manager, John Ferree. Together, they will transition the management duties on the farm and the one-on-one relationships with the current four “freshman” farmers. Stefanie comes to this work with tremendous passion for local food system development as well as experience as an educator, beginning farmer, and value-added producer and entrepreneur.
Over the next six months, MIFFS and FSEP will be discussing our collaborative Tilian management roles. Our common strategies to develop farm centers, such as Tilian, will enable us to expand opportunities where beginning farmers can grow their product, their businesses and themselves. Clearly, with the aging farmer population, MIFFS must engage in efforts that Support the Many Faces of beginning Farmers in our state! Stay tuned for more developments throughout the fall.