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We care about our farmers and our food safety. The list below is full of national and statewide information aimed at educating our farmers about the regulations placed on growing food in this country and the great state of Michigan.


GroupGAP

GAP stands for “Good Agricultural Practices.” The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Specialty Crops Inspection Division (SCI) performs GAP audits, which are voluntary, third-party services that verify that farms are following industry-recognized food safety practices and recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The GroupGAP Program enables growers to collectively address food safety concerns and become certified as a group.  The program’s systematic approach to food safety includes several components that will increase retailers’ confidence in growers’ products. Small growers in the GroupGAP program develop robust food safety systems. This includes working with food hubs and other grower groups to pool their resources to establish food safety best practices, lead food safety trainings, develop quality management systems, and pay for certification costs. In addition to regular audits from USDA inspectors, the groups also performed their own internal food safety inspections of their growers.

Michigan Good Food Fund is a new public-private partnership loan and grant fund created to finance healthy food production, distribution, processing, and retail projects that benefit under served communities throughout Michigan. Apply for financial & business assistance.

Hoophouses for Health is a program designed to increase access to Good Food for vulnerable families while at the same time expanding Good Food infrastructure and season extension capacity of Michigan farmers. Participating farmers accept vouchers for produce as a means to “repay” hoophouse loans they have received through the program.

Wholesale Standards Information:

USDA Quality Standards

Food Safety Information:

MDARD New Business Packet

Farm Production Trainings:

MSU Extension Beginning Farmer Webinar Series

Farmer Veteran Coalition

USDA New Farmers

MIFMA Training Videos, Improving Specialty Crop Production

Business & Financial Planning Information:

A Summary Of Pricing Strategies

Know your Costs & Price for Profit

One Page Business Plan (Business plan template)

Accessing Capital for Farms

Farm Start’s CSA Cash-Flow Budget – Example

Sample Business Plan for a Diversified Vegetable Farm