In Emmet County, a baker has found a nearby farmer to grow bread-quality wheat. He’s grinding it into flour himself for a “local’s loaf” and a new market for farmers.
Schools are serving more locally grown food. Senior centers are starting to do so, too.
More and more training also supports the local food economy. The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District is supporting teachers in farm-to-school and school-garden curriculum so that students learn reading, math and science while learning to love eating healthy food.
And a whopping 62 percent of the business clients counseled by the Small Business Development Center of Networks Northwest last year were in the agricultural sector, up 22.9 percent from 2013.