Jen Schaap

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Local food policy specialist, coordinates our food and farming program in the Northern Farms Foodshed of Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties. Her work includes support for our farm to school and food access projects as well as the expansion of markets for farms and food businesses. 

Jennifer has been a community advocate for local food systems in Northwest Lower Michigan for over a decade, a period that has seen the local food movement grow from only a handful, to a healthy crop of small farms and local food businesses.  Most recently she held the post of Food and Farming Programs Coordinator at Crosshatch, where she managed a mobile canning kitchen, over 10 guilds around agriculture topics, a micro loan project and explored a farmer residency program. For many years she organized the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference and she has been a part of the Local Food Alliance of Northern Michigan since its inception.


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Last updated July 7, 2017