Oct 24 – Food Day in Houghton, MI

There are lots of exciting Food Day events happening during the week of Oct 22 in Houghton, MI!

  • Oct 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Street-side cooking demo and taste tests with Portage Health’s Executive Chef Mark Pitillo
  • Oct 24, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Farm expo and film showing ‘Dirty Work’ at the Portage Lake District Library
  • Oct 26, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Harvest Feast – Locally sourced dinner and food drive for the Western UP Food Drive

Details are forthcoming. Stay tuned! 


Houghton, MI – A Tour Community Making Headlines

A Tour community makes the news! HUGE props to Houghton, Michigan for its recent passage of a Complete Streets Ordinance. This new health statute is an exciting step forward for an unpretentious little community in the almost entirely rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Houghton also happens to be my hometown (Go Gremlins!) and still holds a dear piece of my heart. I have watched cycling bring this quaint midwest college burg alive over the past 15 years. Thanks to the diligent efforts of a handful of bike-minded (hah!) individuals, Houghton has been designated as a ‘Bike-Friendly City’ by the American League of Cyclists and is also host to many popular mountain biking events during the summer. I am so proud of my hometown and my dear friends who have led the healthy living charge there through their passion for promoting cycling. The School Food Tour can’t wait to complete the ride in Houghton!


On a side note, I am still totally in love with DoSomething – an organization dedicated to involving teens in changing their communities. They’re offering Be Amazing Grants of $2,000 for young applicants who are “inspiring people to act big”.