Criticisms claiming the land-grant system has failed its mission and recent restructuring in the food system have together challenged the role played by Extension. This article explores whether a framework of southeast Michigan's Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP) fosters civic participation in the agrifood re-localization movement. Employing a case study approach, we discuss this framework and provide an overview of Extension educator involvement. Our case study indicates that the FSEP structure enables Extension professionals to expand their repertoire of community interaction models and engage citizens as agrifood citizens and leaders in order to move towards sustainable development.
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Colasanti, K., Wright, W., & Reau, B. (2009). Extension, the Land-Grant Mission, and Civic Agriculture: Cultivating Change. The Journal of Extension, 47(4), Article 1. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss4/1