Parents and Families

Rooting for Change

Is your student environmentally minded? The UM Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) works to empower students like yours by getting involved in sustainable food programs, and becoming change agents for a vibrant planet. 

Working groups
UMSFP working groups engage students as they make a difference. There are three “themed” working groups: Campus Farm Stand, DEI, and Campus Collaboration. These themes serve as spaces where students are able to meet and collaborate with other people from different majors, interests, and backgrounds to brainstorm about what sustainable food justice and practices should look like at the university and surrounding communities. 

Working Group meeting times vary by semester. For the remainder of the Winter ‘21, working group meeting times are: 

  • NetLead (Campus Collaboration and Networking): bi-weekly on Mondays from 3-4 p.m., via Zoom. Email for joining information.
  • Anti-Racism and Food Justice: bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m., via Zoom. Email for joining information.
  • Farm Stand Student Engagement -- The Farm Stand is a weekly pop-up market and education project that sells produce grown by students for students. The project is a collaboration between the UMSFP and the Campus Farm and hopes to safely re-open in the summer of 2021. This group meets bi-weekly on Thursdays from 3-4 p.m., via Zoom. Email for joining information.

Rooting for Change: UMSFP Summit
Save the date! Rooting For Change, UMSFP’s Student Food Summit Summit, will take place on Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25, from 5-8 p.m.  The summit will include conversation about food systems, network with fellow sustainable foodies, participate in learning workshops, listen to tiny talks on food justice and more. 

The two-day summit will consist of Zoom webinars and learn-shops, as well as an optional networking happy hour after Wednesday's session. While learn-shop sessions and the happy hour are specifically for students, anyone is welcome to attend the Tiny Talks and Keynote Zoom webinars.

Your student can:

Member groups
What is a “member group”? Member groups are student organizations on campus whose mission aligns with that of UMSFP. UMSFP acts as a network to connect all of these member groups, to create a collective student voice that promotes and designs more sustainable initiatives within our food system. Member groups receive priority status for mini-grant applications and a chance to broaden their reach at our annual summit. Current member groups include: Friends of the Campus Farm, the Food Recovery Network, the Michigan Animal Respect Society, Michigan Aquaponics and many more.