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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Join the Community Supported Agriculture Movement!

July 28, 2014 / All, Local Food and Amazing Products / Comments: 0

Want to support your local farmers? Like the idea of having direct access to fresh, high quality, locally grown produce? Interested to do a little more experimenting in your kitchen? If so, we recommend looking into joining the rapidly growing movement called Community Supported Agriculture, also known as CSA.

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FarmRaiser Partners with the Cascade Harvest Coalition

July 23, 2014 / All, Artisans and Farmers / Comments: 0

The Cascade Harvest Coalition is an incredible Seattle-based organization that is working to re-localize the food system, and they’re working with FarmRaiser as a result! The coalition is made up of a diverse group of individuals and organizations that are all committed to fostering a healthy food and farm industry throughout the state of Washington.

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Bow Hill Blueberries

July 22, 2014 / All, Local Food and Amazing Products / Comments: 0

The Bow Hill Blueberry Farm (Bow, WA) has been a staple partner for FarmRaiser in Washington since we started working there. The farm sits on the original property of the Anderson Blueberry Farm, in the fertile lands of the Skagit Valley. They’ve been an established farm since 1947, making them the oldest family-run blueberry farm […]

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