After days of railing against my state’s Agriculture Commissioner and his plan to return sodas and deep fat fryers to our schools, I have to admit I’m feeling pretty dispirited.  But today’s guest post is the perfect antidote.  It’s an inspiring story of one person coming up with an innovative idea that removes junk food from schools, improves kids’ health and helps local farmers and artisans.  Genius!

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Personally, this week before Christmas always seems to be the time when I finally start rushing around to buy gifts for those special people in my life. The options for holiday gifts are seemingly endless, so we thought you might appreciate this ultimate last minute local gift guide! We have a full week until Christmas arrives, and plenty of opportunity to buy some local gifts!

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Thanksgiving is coming up, and it’s a time of year that is filled with family, friends, and food. We are reminded at this time of year to, as the name suggests, give thanks for all of the good in our lives. It is also a time most associate with happy, though uncomfortable groans of over-stuffed bellies, and desperate diet tips the following week. So, while it’s ok to indulge every now and then, here are a few ways to do so in a healthier fashion, without compromising taste and tradition.

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Imagine a school bus driving through the rolling hills of Antrim County, passing beautiful farmland and acres of fall foliage sporting a rainbow of colors. And the bus is filled with fourth-graders singing, “I love to eat greens, greens, greens, ain’t no finer thing under the sun.” Did that last part make you think you must be dreaming?

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