Farms, Food & Health

Farms, Food & Health Trainings

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, Munson Healthcare, and Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College are hosting the Farms, Food & Health, Culinary Medicine Trainings September 22–24, 2023, in Traverse City, Michigan.

Think Like a chef, cook Like a dietitian, eat like a local farmer.

This national caliber training opportunity is right in our own backyard of Traverse City.



Please help us spread the word! Registration is under way, with leading edge Food as Medicine topics, savvy and useful culinary techniques, and delicious new recipes. For 2023, sessions will address the essential topics of nutrition health across the lifespan, food access, and local nutrition security! See the presenters!

Munson is a leader in continuing education and professional development for culinary skills and nutrition education for providers in Northern Michigan.

The Farms, Food & Health Culinary Medicine Trainings will offer healthcare providers an opportunity to receive immersive educational experience in a professional kitchen setting alongside chefs and dietitians. Participants will receive hands-on culinary skills training, as well as nutrition science and food access updates, all of which will be tied to Michigan-grown foods.

Presenters will explore a rich mix of leading edge topics in the emerging field of Culinary Medicine.

  • An update on regional food access and equity
  • Hot topics on weight loss medications and Indigenous and plant forward foodways
  • Farm to institution programs—like farm to school and farm to early childhood education
  • The Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) initiatives like Prescriptions for Produce
  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Pregnancy nutrition research
  • Clinical update on hunger and nutrition security screening and clinical interventions
  • Hands on cooking
  • Plant-forward seasonal recipes and guidelines for disease prevention across your patient population’s lifespan

Attendees will have plenty of good food and networking opportunities between the hands-on cooking sessions. Regional faculty members will be present for networking.

Who Should Attend

The Farms, Food & Health Trainings is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, behavioral health specialists and social workers, medical and allied healthcare students, and professional chefs.

For more information about our Farms, Food & Health program, contact Groundwork Food and Farming Policy Specialist, Paula Martin,


Two Ways to Earn Continuing Education Hours

1) Live training
2) Pre-trainings revie