School fundraisers are in desperate need of a makeover

October 21, 2014 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

With most fundraisers lost in a sea of sugar and junk food, an ingenious company called FarmRaiser is showing schools that there is an alternative and much healthier option that embraces local food vendors. It’s about time!

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FarmRaiser: Freshening Up the School Fundraiser

October 16, 2014 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

Move over glossy gift wrap catalogs and generic chocolate bars! There’s a new school fundraiser in town. With the virtuous goal of bolstering local farms and businesses while also supporting schools, FarmRaiser is freshening up the old-school fundraiser model.

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Celebrating the Arrival of Local Apples

October 15, 2014 / All, Local Food and Amazing Products / Comments: 0

Apples have long been a fruit tied closely to the coming of fall. In Michigan, droves of people (local foodies or not) flock to the apple orchards come fall for fresh pressed apple cider – making the apple orchard one of the most common ways for Michiganders to connect with their local agriculture scene. Although […]

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Ditch the Cookie Dough: Fundraising Goes Local with FarmRaiser

October 15, 2014 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

It’s an experience everyone knows. There’s a kid at the door—maybe a stranger, maybe a neighbor, maybe even your own child—with a brochure full of overpriced junk food. You know you’ll never eat any of the high-fructose caramel corn or chemical-laden candy, but you want to support the cause. As you write the check, you think, There has to be a better way. . . . That’s what FarmRaiser CEO and founder Mark Abbott thought too. But unlike the rest of us, Abbott—a founding member of AmeriCorps, expert in service-learning, and entrepreneur with past start-up experience—knew how to make that idea a reality

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FarmRaiser is Reinventing School Fundraisers

October 14, 2014 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

Locally grown, farm fresh produce and artisanal foods may be coming to a school fundraiser near you.

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As More Schools Turn to Food Fundraising, FarmRaiser Takes it Local

September 24, 2014 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

When Mark Abbott’s son was in fourth grade, his local elementary school recruited students and their families to participate in a fundraiser for the school. After successfully selling cookie dough and candy to friends and family, Abbott’s son remarked that he had just sold $400 worth of things the family would never eat at home. “It’s too bad we couldn’t try something healthy like apples,” said his son.

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FarmRaiser Partners: Food For Thought & Esch Road

September 3, 2014 / All, Artisans and Farmers / Comments: 0

Partner companies, Food for Thought and Esch Road, are two of northwest Michigan’s beloved producers of locally-focused jarred products such as jams, preserves, sauces, salsas, and more! If you haven’t had their goods, please do – you’re in for a treat. We couldn’t be happier to support these amazing businesses by selling their products in our northern Michigan FarmRaisers.

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Students sell local food for school and businesses

August 27, 2014 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 0

TRAVERSE CITY — Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy pupils sold nearly $3,700 worth of locally grown and produced foods through a recent fundraiser.

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FarmRaiser Partners: Flint Coffee Company

August 15, 2014 / All, Artisans and Farmers / Comments: 0

While coffee isn’t an agricultural product of the United States, we at FarmRaiser can’t help but acknowledge American’s love of coffee in our product selection process. So we’ve made a point to feature some incredibly progressive, community-based coffee companies throughout the country! Today, we’d like to introduce you to the Flint Coffee Company – who source coffee beans from their family’s farm in Los Patos, Peru to make a surprisingly family-focused multi-continent business!

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Cupcake Wars? What’s the Best Way to Control our Children’s Sugar Intake at School and Home?

August 8, 2014 / All, Family and Community Health / Comments: 0

In 2010 the federal government passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative. The “Let’s Move!” program strives to fight childhood obesity by encouraging children to live an active lifestyle and eat a nutritious diet. The Healthy Act also regulates the quantity of sugar and fats served to children at school. This statute helps guarantee that school-aged children receive at least one healthy meal a day.

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