In 2012 the MIFFS team participated in a Strategic Planning Process. We reaffirmed our Core Ideology; it will consistently guide what we do and who we are. Our Strategic Plan includes our Mission and our Guiding Principles.
- Mission - MIFFS connects beginning and historically underserved farmers to resource opportunities for developing profitable and environmentally sustainable livelihoods
- Guiding Principles - Rooted in the triple bottom line – People, Planet, and Profit
- Value the Land and People connections
- Demonstrate risk taking and relentless persistence
- Require listening and teamwork (people side)
- Nurture creativity
The next step in the process, after establishing what drives us, was to identify how we can be most effective in the current food and farming climate in Michigan. Building on the strength and diversity of our team, and acknowledging the perceived needs of our membership, our team created 3 specific goals for 2012 and beyond.
By 2020, MIFFS Membership will represent 2500 Farmer Members and 5000 Consumer Friends
Committee: Kathy Fedder (Chair), Gary Boersen, Diane Herandez-Wojda, Morse Brown
MIFFS will begin to expand its support for farmers around the state through Collaborative Farmer Centers. 3-5 centers will be established statewide.
Committee: Joe Colyn (Chair), Neal Valley, Tom Kalchik, Jane Bush
By 2020 beginning and underserved farms will profitably supply 10% of all MI institutional, retail, and consumer food purchases (achieving this quantity while paying fair wages/returns to producers for the food).
Committee: Nic Welty (Chair), Jennifer Silveri, LJ Safford Kehn, Cary Junior