Together with supporters like you, we bring together health practitioners, employers, schools, farmers, and others interested in connecting health care, wellness, and locally grown food, and inspire a new and healthier food culture.
Farms, Food & Health Trainings
The Farms, Food & Health Trainings brings together professionals from the worlds of health care and food systems to examine the connection between health care, wellness and locally grown food. Learn more about the trainings here.
FARMS, FOOD & HEALTH
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Farms, Food & Health?
We’ve always known food and nutrition are important to health, but the system for delivering health care has not made food a priority. The philosophy of Farms, Food & Health guides us back to knowing where our food comes from and understanding how to cook with local, nourishing food. It calls for significant engagement from the food system and health care system. We’re connecting the dots between how farmers grow food to how we eat food, and how nutrition play a role in our health.
What is Groundwork's role in Farms, Food & Health?
Since our beginning, Groundwork has been dedicated to preserving farmland. Farms, Food & Health represents an expansion of that focus to include how nourishing, locally grown food can improve individual and community health. Back in 2014 we started a dialog with doctors and other health professionals about the Farms, Food & Health philosophy. They wanted more information about how patients can eat in ways that encourage healthful lifestyles. Our role brings skills and expertise to the dialog by hosting conferences and teaching small groups. We see the value of getting everybody who cares about nourishing food at the same table and talking to one another to come up with new and better ways to improve health with nutritious food.
What does Farms, Food & Health do for the community?
We host educational events that enable the community to experience hands-on learning. Our gatherings make it possible for people to have personal conversations with professionals like dietitians, farmers, chefs and doctors. The Farms, Food & Health philosophy encourages a broad approach to what health is: behavioral, mental, and physical. You can’t have well-being without all aspects combined.
Tell me more about culinary medicine.
Culinary Medicine is an evidence-informed field in medicine that blends the art of food and cooking with the science of lifestyle medicine, nutrition research and our regions local foods. We offer continuing medical education for doctors and allied health care professionals.
Be part of Farms, Food & Health by eating locally grown food. Ask yourself, “What is the local part of my plate?” at every meal. Add at least one local item to each meal. Condiment, dairy, meat, vegetable, whatever works for you.
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This op-ed first published in Bridge Michigan. I’m thinking of a day a few years back when I witnessed something that was plain on the surface, but which was actually evidence of a micro-revolution in food access, and it happened in a Traverse City parking lot. It...
I joined the staff here at Groundwork in November 2022 and became a team member on the Food and Farming team. I currently work on the 10 Cents a Meal Program, and also come to Groundwork with experience as an urban farmer in my base of Detroit. Because of this, I...
Groundwork to Help Build Resilient Local Food Distribution Networks and Market Opportunities in 16 West Michigan Counties
Traverse City/Petoskey – Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is pleased to announce it has received a multi-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to expand the resilience and scale of the local food economy in western Michigan. For more...