Photo Essay: Celebrating Food in the Keweenaw

An artful arrangement of pumpkins, turnips, beets, carrots, squash, eggplant, dill, and sunflowers.
An artful arrangement of pumpkins, turnips, beets, carrots, squash, eggplant, dill, and sunflowers.
Huskies help the Keweenaw tell food stories. Here’s one of the winners in the Western Upper Peninsula (UP) Food Stories Photo Contest. Credit: Lisa Reitz

The winning images from the Western Upper Peninsula Food Stories Photo Contest showcase local food, farms, forage and community.

The Western Upper Peninsula Food Systems Collaborative (WUPFSC) launched the contest in collaboration with a class taught by Angie Carter, assistant professor of environmental and energy justice at Michigan Technological University.

The students in the course — Communities and Research SS4700 — reached out to local gardeners, growers, foodies and anyone who eats to share what local foods in the Keweenaw mean to them. Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, they asked people to share their experiences in a visual format. The course is based on transdisciplinary research methods, teaching students how to develop projects driven by needs identified from community members to ensure that their research would directly serve and empower the community.

The class gathered all the photos on Flickr and here are some of the winning images from eight categories: Food as Community; Homeraised and Homegrown; Hunting, Fishing, Gathering; Local Festivals and Markets; Health and Wellbeing; Make it, Bake it, and Preserve it; Food Culture & Histories; and Self Chosen.

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Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.