Category Archives: Farming

Helping immigrants and refugees find community through gardening

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Vanessa Garcia Polanco

By Ray Garcia Pringle

Thousands of immigrants come to the United States on a yearly basis, with Michigan typically taking in about 5,000 a year. Immigrants and refugees new to the Lansing area receive assistance from a variety of organizations, with help from people like Vanessa Garcia Polanco. Garcia Polanco works in food security in the form of farming and gardening. Through the use of community gardens, immigrants and refugees have the ability to grow food they might otherwise not have access to and feed themselves as they seek employment.

Listen to our interview with Garcia Polanco here.

Culinary guide gives bees something to buzz about

 

Sweat bee on Echinacea purpureaBy ERIC FREEDMAN

Capital News Service

LANSING – If you were a honeybee in Michigan, hairy mountain mint and common milkweed might be your top menu choices.

If you were a Michigan bumblebee, you’d prefer chowing down on bee balm and shrubby St. John’s wort.

And if you belonged to one of the state’s 465-plus species of wild bees, roundleaf ragwort and gray goldenrod may whet your appetite.

Discovering what bees like to eat has important ramifications for growers and farmers whose apples, cherries, blueberries, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, pears and other flowering fruits and vegetables depend on bees for pollination, said Logan Rowe, a co-author of a recently published study examining Michigan bees’ feeding preferences. Continue reading Culinary guide gives bees something to buzz about

Changing climate challenges potato growers, chip makers

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By Eric Freedman

Capital News Service

Michigan is the nation’s largest grower of potatoes for chips – about one in four bags sold in the U.S. is made from Michigan potatoes.

Can climate change jeopardize the state’s dominance? Maybe, a new study warns.

Continue reading Changing climate challenges potato growers, chip makers

SUSTAINABILITY IN THE MICHIGAN DAIRY INDUSTRY: ROBOTIC MILKING

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By Quinn Zimmerman

In the second part of this series on sustainability in the Michigan dairy industry, Quinn Zimmerman continues her discussion with Brooke Wilke, the farm manager and Howard Straub, the dairy manager at Michigan State’s Kellogg Biological station pasture dairy center. Today, they discuss the advantages of robotic milking and some of the difficulties that come with the use of this technology.

Listen to the interview here.

Sustainability in the Michigan Dairy Industry

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By Quinn Zimmerman

In this two part series on sustainability in the Michigan dairy industry, Quinn Zimmerman talks with the Kellogg Biological Station Pasture Dairy Center farm and dairy managers, Brooke Wilke and Howard Straub. In today’s episode, the focus is on economic and social challenges for Michigan dairy farmers. They also discuss ways that consumers can better connect with their local food system.

Listen to the interview here.