Welcome 2013 Council Members
posted on November 27, 2013 9:13pm
April 1, 2013: Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) is excited to welcome new 2013 Council members, Neal Valley of Lansing and Jennifer Silveri of Charlotte, who were elected by MIFFS members at the MIFFS Annual Meeting on March 13 at the Farm Research Cooperative in Bloomingdale, 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 businesses.
New Council members will join reelected members Joe Colyn of Battle Creek, Katherine Fedder of Lansing, and Laurajeanne Safford Kehn of Frankenmuth, along with existing members Gary Boersen of St. Johns, Jane Bush of Charlotte, Tom Kalchik of Grand Ledge, and Nicholas Welty of Northport. Diane Hernandez-Wojda of East Lansing and Cary Junior of Royal Oak also join the Council, were appointed to one-year terms. MIFFS sends many thanks to Ron Steiner and Ricardo Herrera for their years of dedication and best wishes to them both as they move onto other endeavors. Joe Colyn will lead the Council as President, accompanied by Nic Welty as Vice-President and Laurajeanne Safford Kehn of Frankenmuth as Secretary/Treasurer.
“We’re very pleased to have Jen, Diane, Neal and Cary join the MIFFS Council as we advance our strategic plan,” said Joe Colyn, MIFFS council president. “They bring a combination of passion, farmer perspective, budget consciousness and food system understanding that rounds out our leadership team.”
MIFFS held a strategic planning retreat in November and identified several goals to work toward in 2013 and beyond, 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. See MIFFS’ Strategic Plan draft
Council members come from all 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 government, value chains, entrepreneurs, 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.