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June 16, 2014

Northern Notes: Restaurant does 'right thing' for Kalkaska residents

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This year, some of those members have also donated to support the farm’s new free and subsidized food program, the Help Others Eat Well Fund.

More than $1,000 of donated shares have been given away for the 2014 season.

A committee of CSA members, along with a group of case managers from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, determined who receives the donated shares.

A second program, Hoophouses for Health, allows Bluestem Farm to reach even more low-income families. In 2013, the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems awarded a zero interest loan to Aaron and Mary Brower to build a hoophouse, or unheated greenhouse.

The Browers are repaying the loan by paying it forward, giving away food to low-income families.

In 2014, Bluestem Farm will put an additional $1,000 of donated food into the hands of families who participate in the Head Start program.

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