Mapping the Food Landscape in Michigan


Maps help us visualize and learn more about different spatial relationships among components within a food system that can be complex. Throughout this project, a group of spatial analysts within the FAIM Project has been working to take many different kinds of data about the food system in Michigan and create maps that we can then explore and analyze.

FAIM Mapping and Spatial Analysis

The FAIM spatial team has taken on multiple projects to help us better understand our food system in the state: 

–   A foodshed analysis, to examine the food production potential of the state and where food is consumed

–   The mapping of data related to the food system including attributes of Michigan farms and farmers available from the USDA Agricultural Census

–  The mapping and novel classification of food outlets across the state

–  The creation of StoryMaps to have a visually appealing way to tell the narrative story of the above projects and other components of Michigan’s food landscape

Image source: USDA-NASS, Cropland data layer for Michigan, 2009