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MIFFS is Accepting Applications for Two New Board Members

Michigan Food and Farming Systems has been dedicated to connecting beginning and historically underserved farmers to each other and to resource opportunities with the values of social justice, environmental stewardship, and farm profitability since 1998. To this end, MIFFS seeks two new board members.

MIFFS currently works in three main areas to:

  • Enable and support farmer networks to build stronger communities through peer-to-peer discussion and mentorship (Red de Productores Hispanos, Vets-in-Ag, and Women-in- Ag)

  • Identify and respond with adaptive programming to address barriers to USDA Farm Bill programming access for underserved farmers

  • Advocate for the needs of underserved farmers and food system workers, both rural and urban, to government and industry partners

  • Collaborate with farmers and partners to cultivate a culture of food safety through MI Group GAP and other food safety programs

We are looking for people who share MIFFS interest in farmer networks, small farm business
incubator support, and food safety and have the time to invest 5-10 hours per month to promote
MIFFS programming and carry its mission forward. We are especially looking for persons who
have skills in one of two main areas:

  • Urban Agriculture: MIFFS is looking for individuals that understand the reality of urban

farmers and growers and can advocate for programmatic and deliverable insights of
working in urban areas with underserved communities

  • New Americans and Immigrants: MIFFS is looking for individuals that have experience in

advocating for New American and immigrants communities needs in the food systems
and beyond

  • Fund Development: MIFFS is looking for individuals with experience and expertise in

fund development to increase our institutional capacity and financial sustainability to
serve underrepresented farmers and growers in Michigan

Please note that no board member will be required to work alone, but only to take on a
leadership role in their area of expertise.
If you are interested in one of these Board positions, please fill out the attached application and
indicate which of the two positions best align with your skills. Email the completed application to

Applications are due March 15. Final decisions will be in the first week of April. Click here to download the expectations and the skills matrix. 

Email with questions and a board member will follow up with you.

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