How Michigan's food distributors play in the local food game

John Kohl is no stranger to local food. For the CEO of Detroit-based, family-owned regional food distributor Atlas Wholesale Foods, buying and selling locally has always been business as usual. "There's a certain Michigan pride that we all have when we know there's a local vendor we can purchase from," said Kohl. "There's a strong community on the food manufacturing side in this area, and we all share customers and relationships within that ecosystem."

Michigan Farm to Freezer offers year-round fresh local produce

When Brandon Seng launched Michigan Farm to Freezer in 2014 with partner Mark Coe, he felt a little lonely; the company was the only food processor in a rural industrial park on the fringes of Traverse City. But since the pair opened their Detroit facility in 2018 in the former Cattleman's Meat facility at 1820 Mack Ave., Seng and Coe, both northern Michigan natives, have become immersed in metro Detroit and the Eastern Market community.

Heroes to Hives

Fourth-generation U.S. Army Veteran Adam Ingrao has dedicated his life to serving honeybees and veterans through a Michigan State University Extension program called Heroes to Hives. As agricultural entomologist educator and veteran liaison with MSUE, Ingrao helps veterans provide honeybees the unique care they need, and in turn, helps veterans help themselves heal from the damaging mental health effects of combat. Watch the video to learn more about this innovative program.

Can Conservatives Lead Michigan to Clean Electricity?

Ed Rivet is a true “red” Michigander. Born and bred in Bay City, he found his way to Lansing, first as an MSU Spartan and then as a Republican legislative staffer. For the past 27 years, he’s been known as “the pro-life guy” in the state capital in his capacity as a professional lobbyist for the right-to-life movement. “Needless to say, for a lot of people, it’s just an automatic, ‘Yeah, he’s a political conservative, all right,'” Rivet says.

Choosing to raise kids in Detroit: Why and how local families are doing it.

On an early summer Sunday in 2012, Andre Sandifer emerged from the New Center apartment he had just moved into with a simple mission: to buy a few groceries. Sandifer and his wife, Abir Ali, both architects and co-owners of "That first experience set him off," remembers Ali. "My husband was not as mentally prepared as I was for living in Detroit. You're not going to have your favorite market on the corner."