Mike Hamm

C.S. Mott Chair of Sustainable Agriculture - Community-based food systems, food security, sustainable agriculture and nutrition education.

Mike Hamm


Plant and Soil Sciences Building
480 Wilson Road, Room 312B
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: 517-432-1611

Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University


B.A. Biology (1974) Northwestern University
Ph.D. Nutrition (1979) University of Minnesota


Overview of current program: 

The Center for Regional Food Systems engages the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.



Meeh, Daimon C., Rowntree, Jason E., Hamm, Michael W.  Feeding a Population with Smaller Scale and Alternate System Production:  An examination of farm requirements with a multi-species pasture system to feed 10 million people.  Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.  In press.

Hamm, Michael and Rachel Plawecki.  A Comparative Carbon Footprint Assessment of Winter Lettuce Production in Two Climatic Zones for Midwestern Market.   Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.  In press.

Colasanti, Kathryn and Michael Hamm.  2013.  Increased Productivity, Role in Alleviating Food Insecurity Possible.  Response #1 to viewpoint.  Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 3(2): 15-16. 

Colasanti, K., Matts, C. and Hamm, M. W. Results from the 2009 Michigan Farm-to-School Survey: Participation Grows from 2004. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 44(Nov 4, 2012): 343-349.

Waldman, Kurt, David Conner, John Biernbaum, Michael Hamm and Adam Montri. 2012. Determinants of Hoophouse Profitability: A Case Study of 12 Novice Michigan Farmers. HortTechnology 22(2) 215-223.

Colasanti, Kathryn, Michael Hamm and Charlotte Litjens. 2012. The City as an “Agricultural Powerhouse”? Perspectives on Expanding Urban Agriculture from Detroit, MI. Urban Geography 33(3): 348-369.

Conner, D, T. Liquori, B. Izumi, M. Hamm. 2012 Sustainable School Food Procurement in Large K-12 Districts: Prospects for Value Chain Partnerships. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 41(1) 100-113.

Conner, D., Nowak, A., Berkenkamp, J., Feenstra, G., Van Soelen Kim, J. Liquori, T. and Hamm, M. 2011. Value Chains and Sustainable Procurement in Large School Districts: Fostering partnerships. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 1 (4).

Conner, David, Adam Montri, Kurt Waldman, John Biernbaum, Michael Hamm. 2011. Hoophouse Contributions to Farm Profitability and Food System Sustainability: Lessons from Michigan. Journal of Extension 49(1): 1-5.

Colasanti, Kathryn, Michael W. Hamm. 2010. Assessing the Local Food Supply Capacity of Detroit, Michigan. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 1(2): 41-58.

Izumi, Betty, D. Wynne Wright, Michael Hamm. 2010. Market diversification and social benefits: Motivations of farmers participating in farm to school programs. Journal of Rural Studies 26 (2010) 374-382.

Conner, David S., Abate, Getachew, Liquori, Toni, Hamm, Michael W. and Peterson, H. Christopher. 2010. Prospects for More Healthful, Local, and Sustainably Produced Food in School Meals. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition 5(4): 416-433.

Conner, David S., Kurt B. Waldman, Adam D. Montri, Michael W. Hamm, and John A. Biernbaum. 2010. Hoophouse Contributions to Economic Viability: Nine Michigan Case Studies. HortTechnology 20: 877-884.

Izumi, B, Alaimo, K., Hamm, M. W. 2010. Farm to School Programs: Perspectives of School Food Service Professionals. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 42(2): 83-91.

Story, M., Hamm, M.W, Wallinga, D. 2009. Research and Action Priorities for Linking Public Health, Food Systems, and Sustainable Agriculture: Recommendations from the Airlie Conference. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 4(3-4): 477-485.

Hamm, M.W. 2009. Principles for Framing a Healthy Food System. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 4(3-4): 241-250.


Courses taught: 

ISS 310 (Sp ’06) and guest lectures in grad and undergrad courses


Web Links:

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems