June 3, 2011
Michigan Family Farms
highlights local family owned farms and the produce they specialize in, including dairy and meat. The site, which was recently featured in Rapid Growth Media
also features retailers who support local farmers, and restaurants that
serve farm-friendly fare. There is even a link to local groups,
websites, and associations that can all be great resources for a
would-be market shopper.
May 26, 2011
Jena Van Wagner likes to say that she's out standing in someone else's field.
"I can go from high heels in the morning to wearing knee-high boots in the afternoon without blinking an eye," she says. And she carries a pair of muck boots in her car to prove it.
The boots are absolutely essential for her job. Van Wagner is the executive director of MichiganFamilyFarms.com, a website community that promotes Michigan's family-owned farms. Van Wagner visits small farms regularly, and there's no telling what will greet her feet. She is in her element -- she loves what she's doing, the people she's working with and how fun the project is.
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October 27, 2010
GRAND RAPIDS – When Stevens Advertising account executive Jena Van Wagner started working with small farmers in northern Michigan, she realized they shared common needs, yet had very few options to work with.
From the May-June '10 Issue
- Local mom brings farmers together online
The start: I was doing work with a few local farmers, and they shared their difficulties in devoting time and money to marketing. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if they had an easy way to market themselves?” and boom, the idea for Michigan Family Farms was born.
The website: MichiganFamilyFarms.com is a gathering place for family farmers, the products they grow and those of us who love them. Basically, it is a way for farmers to market themselves and for consumers to find great products. We’re creating a database of farms, products, restaurants and stores that can be searched in a myriad of ways. You can use this when planning vacations, daytrips or just dinner. There are so many great local foods that don’t have more stamps on their passports than you do, and every dollar you spend on local food stays here. It helps your neighbors and community while being the best nutritional choice for you.
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Grand Traverse Woman Features Michigan Family Farms