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E-M:/ You can plant Seeds of Prosperity

Dear friend,


If you are interested in preserving open space and rural communities, bringing more nutritious fresh food to the public, or reviving Michigan’s rural economy while protecting our environment—and talking directly to interested lawmakers about it—then the next Seeds of Prosperity conference is a must-do for you!


Seeds of Prosperity comes to The Lansing Center, just down the street from the state Capitol, in less than two weeks—on Thursday, February 8.


This will be the second Seeds of Prosperity conference presented by the Michigan Land Use Institute, in league with a terrific list of partners and co-sponsors. Seeds of Prosperity will show conference attendees how to work with lawmakers to transform the idea of getting more Michigan food onto more Michigan tables into policies that make it happen.


You’ll get practical tools, policy solutions, and an opportunity to show lawmakers your interest in the power of Michigan food to grow jobs, build health, and protect land.


Lawmakers and their staff are signing up and will be there to hear from you! Don’t miss this opportunity to put this important issue on Lansing’s policy plate. And please spread the word to others who need to be there.


Click here to register now, and to check out the lineup of local and national speakers: http://mlui.org/sop/schedule.asp. Scholarships are also now available. For that and other information, contact coordinator Janice Benson at 231-941-6584, ext. 21, or janice@mlui.org.


Highlights include:

§   Preston Maring, M.D., who started the farmers market ball rolling at Kaiser Permanente hospitals around the country and now leads the health system’s effort to put local food on patients’ plates.

§   An entire session dedicated to the regulatory obstacles confronting local, family farm products in Michigan markets, and ways to turn those problems into opportunities.

§   Local and national experts on making more urban-rural food connections.

§   National leaders with proven and practical policy approaches, such as the President Pro Tempore      of the Connecticut Senate and speakers from The Food Trust and National Conference of State Legislatures.


Check it out at www.mlui.org/sop!


Thanks so much. We hope to see you there.


Patty Cantrell

Entrepreneurial Agriculture Director

Michigan Land Use Institute

148 E. Front St., 3rd Floor

Traverse City, MI 49684-5725

231-941-6584 x14, pattyc@mlui.org

www.mlui.org, www.LocalDifference.org