At the encouragement of our colleagues at Wallace, I am sharing a new offering that the partners of the Michigan Good Food Fund are piloting, Peer-to-Peer Sessions, as an example of one way that this Fund is providing support to food and farm businesses in this time of crisis.
Fair Food Network and Michigan State Center for Regional Food Systems are the technical assistance partners for the Michigan Good food Fund and have organized this offering.
Each session is focused on a different food sector. Our goal: elevate ideas that are emerging as food businesses are responding to the crisis. We have invited industry professionals as well as a boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs as co-hosts for each session to bring insights from the broader landscape as well as hyper local perspectives. We open up each session to participants to network, share challenges, exchange ideas, crowdsource solutions, and identify resources.
- We hosted the first session yesterday focused on Healthy Product Makers. We’ll post a recording of the session on the Michigan Good Food Fund website in the next day or two. Check back here: https://migoodfoodfund.org/covid-19-business-resources/. I’ve attached that handout that was supplied by our industry guest from Great Lakes Growth Works and reviewed in the session with ideas and tips for product makers.While MGFF is focused on Michigan, we are open to others outside of the state to join these sessions as well – cross pollination is most welcome! Please see the email below for the schedule on upcoming sessions. Feel free to invite those that you serve in your network to these upcoming sessions.