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Michigan Sets Goal of 1,000 Apple Crunch Sites
Michigan Ag Connection - 09/28/2022

Each October, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, in partnership with the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and the Michigan Farm to Institution Network, promotes the bounty of Michigan's apple harvest through the Michigan Great Apple Crunch.

Michigan schools, early care and education programs, workplaces, community groups and more vow to collectively crunch into a Michigan apple on the official Crunch Day, Oct. 13, or anytime in October.

"We offer a variety of registration options for Michigan institutions and residents to celebrate Michigan apples. Upon registration, participants receive a Crunch Guide, which includes resources on how to source Michigan apples, how to organize and promote a crunch event, and how to provide educational opportunities about Michigan's apple industry and farm to school programs," explains Mariel Borgman, MSU Extension.

In 2022, organizers have set a collective goal of 1,000 participating crunch sites across the state.

In order to meet this goal, it is important that all crunch sites are registered." Borgman explains.

The link to register for the crunch is bit.ly/MIAppleCrunch2022.

To support your Michigan Apple Crunch event:

- Check out Cultivate Michigan resources at www.cultivatemichigan.org/ to help you source Michigan apples from distributors and food hubs for your institutions and promote them in your cafeterias

- Visit the Michigan Apple Committee website at www.michiganapples.com/ that has searchable tools to help you find Michigan apples at farm markers and stories as well as activities for kids and resources for teachers.

- Check out your local farmers market listed at https://mifma.org/find-a-farmers-market/ to find Michigan apples near you.

- Go to Michigan Farm to School at www.canr.msu.edu/farm_to_school/ and Michigan Farm to ECE (Early Care and Education) at www.canr.msu.edu/michigan-farm-to-ece/ for a range of resources and tools to help with your ongoing efforts.

"As always, people can visit the Michigan Farm to Institution Network site (https://bit.ly/3xUKxYQ) to join, connect, and find more resources," encouraged Borgman.


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