MIFFS Elects New Council Members
posted on March 27, 2014 4:10pm
Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) welcomes new 2014 Council members Marilyn Barber of Detroit, Natasha Lantz of Marquette and Shakara Tyler of East Lansing who were elected by MIFFS members at the MIFFS Annual Meeting on March 20 in Flint, Michigan. These council members will guide MIFFS as it works to achieve its mission of connecting beginning and underserved farmers to resource opportunities for developing profitable and environmentally sustainable livelihoods.
New Council members will join reelected members Jane Bush of Charlotte, Cary Junior of Royal Oak and Nic Welty of Northport, along with existing members Joe Colyn of Battle Creek, Katherine Fedder of Lansing, Laurajeanne Safford Kehn of Frankenmuth, Jennifer Silveri of Lansing and Neal Valley of Lansing.
Together, these 11 Council members will provide leadership and expertise for the 16-year-old statewide nonprofit organization as it reaches toward its strategic planning goals, including a drive for growing the organization’s membership, supporting farmers around the state through pilot demonstration farms, and an increase in institutional, retail and consumer food purchases from small, local farms.
Council members come from across the state and include representatives from all realms of food systems, including growers, environmental and conservation interests and consumers. They bring skills and experience in farming, farmers markets, sustainable agriculture, state and local government, value chains, educators, marketing and resource experts, and more. One thing they all have in common is a passion for the sustainable agriculture, local food systems and the viability of small farms. Council member biographies are available at www.miffs.org/about_us/council.
MIFFS also wishes to sincerely thank Gary Boersen, Diane Hernandez-Wojda and Tom Kalchik their dedication on the Council and sends best wishes as they move onto other endeavors.