The University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) organizes and amplifies student voices calling for a more just and sustainable food system. We work alongside food, environmental, and social justice-oriented groups on campus to make our food system more just and sustainable. UMSFP consists of a paid student leadership team and a network of affiliated student organizations and individual collaborators. Together, we leverage our connections and collective knowledge to develop innovative, student-centered food justice initiatives at U-M, working closely with campus and community stakeholders like the Campus Farm and the Maize and Blue Cupboard along the way.
The U-M Sustainable Food Program fosters collaborative leadership that empowers students to develop a sustainable food system at the University of Michigan while becoming change agents for a resilient planet.
Past projects include laying the groundwork for the Campus Farm, collaborating with member groups and Michigan Dining to open the Maize and Blue Cupboard, and launching an on-campus Farm Stand. When we're not working on long-term projects, we send out a weekly newsletter to more than 1,500 subscribers, grant funds for student-led food justice projects, and host events to celebrate the work of all of our collaborators.
HarvestFest: an annual celebration of all things food and fall hosted on the Campus Farm site at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Student orgs, local businesses and nonprofits join us for this event.
Rooting for Change - UMSFP Student Food Summit: An annual event that fosters collaboration between member groups and partners, the summit challenges attendees to explore food through the lens of social justice. Like all of UMSFP’s work, this event centers well-being and relationship building in our sustainable food community, and promotes a sense of personal and organizational connectedness to one another and to the food we grow, buy, sell, cook, and eat.
Working Groups: UMSFP working groups are creative, free-thinking collaboration networks for students of all academic backgrounds to work together on visionary food justice initiatives. Each working group is centered around a theme: Farm Stand education, Network Building & Collaborative Leadership, Anti-Racism & Food Justice, and Personal & Community Resilience. Working groups are low-commitment and high impact, meeting two times per month for an hour. Interested in getting involved in a working group? Let us know using this form.
Mini-Grants for Food Justice: UMSFP offers grants of up to $2,500 for student organizations to bring to life innovative visions for food justice. This grant is open to any registered student org at U-M Ann Arbor. These funds come from the earned revenue of the U-M Sustainable Food Program and are matched by Student Life Facilities. UMSFP will assist in the accomplishment of the grant project in any way that is possible and desired, and we would welcome any opportunities for collaboration beyond the scope of the project. Learn more and apply.
Tune in to sustainable food happenings by subscribing to our weekly newsletter or engage with us by joining a working group. You can also connect with us on Instagram at @umsustainablefood and @umfarmstand, on Twitter @UMSustFoodProg or on our U-M Sustainable Food Program YouTube channel.