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The HomeGrownLocal Food Summit opened on March 1 with a feature called Local Food Victories, highlighting individuals and institutions. Farms, farmers, entrepreneurs, mentors, youth and organizations were acknowledged for their role in “taking us closer to our vision for food”. Because it was so enlightening to see this presentation and comprehend all the great things happening in our food community, and because each of the individuals and entities represent a story worth checking out, the list of honorees is included here. We encourage you to click on the links and learn more about this great series of Victories. This list is an incredible resource guide for local foodies. And the winners are…


Women Farmers

Stephanie Phillips, The Family Farm

Kate Long, Deer Tracks Farm,

Jennifer Kangas (UUAA), Capella Farm,

Trilby & Tomm Becker, Sunseed Farm,

The Doll Family, Back 40 Acres,


Westside Farmers Market, Ann Arbor

Saline Farmers Market

Real Time Farms, Karl Rosean

Arbor Cycle, Ed Weymouth

Eat Local Eat Natural, Time Redmond and Bill Taylor

Lunasa, Dawn Thompson and Jane Pacheco

Preserving Traditions, Emily Springfield


Farm-at-St.-Joe’s, Dan Bair

Royal Park Hotel, Dan Vernia

Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Chef Alex Young & Cornman Farms

Silvio’s Organic Pizza, Silvio and Cathy Medoro

Good Food Access

Fair Food Network, Rachel Chatterdon

Prescription for Health, Jenna Bacolor and Sharon Sheldon


Michigan Young Farmers Coalition

Growing Hope, Amanda Edmonds

New Entrepreneurs

The Brinery, David Klingenburger

EAT Catering, Helen Harding and Blake Reetz

Harvest Kitchen, Michelle Hartman and Mary Wessell Wacker


Tantre Farms, Deb Lentz and Richard Andres

Community Farm of Ann Arbor, Annie Elder and Paul Bantle

Frog Holler Organic Farms, The King Family

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