POLICY & ADVOCACY

Growing Hope advocates for healthy food access, vibrant & sustainable communities, positive neighborhood development, and health equity.

Among these efforts, we are active in a number of city, county, and statewide coalitions and networks. Our recent work includes:

  • Representing the Urban Agricultural seat on the Washtenaw Food Policy Council, and member of the Nutrition and Food Access Policy Action Team. Advocated in the Michigan legislature for increasing Michigan’s 10 Cents a Meal program. 
  • Active member of the Michigan Farmers Market Association. We were the third Farmers Markets in Michigan to accept SNAP/EBT, and one of the first Farmers Markets to participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program. 
  • Advocated for no cuts to SNAP benefits in the most recent U.S. Farm Bill 
  • Helped create Ypsilanti Community School district’s Wellness Policy; sit on the district’s Coordinated School Health Team working to implement the policy goals. 
  • One of the lead founders of the school district’s Farm to School Committee. Advocated for adding school garden goals in the district’s Wellness Policy. 
  • At-large member of Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan coalition, dedicated to decreasing childhood obesity in Michigan. 
  • Advocated for the passage of the Cottage Food Law, which former governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law at the Growing Hope Center in July 2010.
  • Gathered community input to share best practices in support of Urban Chicken and Urban Bee legislation in the City of Ypsilanti, recently passed.
  • Participated in focus groups, task forces, and summit that created the Michigan Good Food Charter, working to raise awareness among elected officials. 

Upcoming Events

May
7
Tue
3:00 pm Ypsilanti Farmers Markets Tuesda... @ Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace
Ypsilanti Farmers Markets Tuesda... @ Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm
Ypsilanti Farmers Markets Tuesday Market @ Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace
Growing Hope operates two farmers markets in Ypsilanti: The Ypsilanti Farmers Market- Downtown on Tuesdays from 3-7 at the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace 16 S. Washington and the Ypsilanti Farmers Market- Depot Town on Saturdays from[...]
Dec
17
Tue
3:00 pm Holiday Market @ Robert C. Barnes St. MarketPlace Hall
Holiday Market @ Robert C. Barnes St. MarketPlace Hall
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Holiday Market @ Robert C. Barnes St. MarketPlace Hall
#shoplocal this Holiday season! Join us at the indoor market on December 17th to stock up on local foods and gifts (local food makes great gifts!) This will be the last market until January 14th,[...]
Jan
14
Tue
3:00 pm Clothing Swap @ Robert C. Barnes St. MarketPlace Hall
Clothing Swap @ Robert C. Barnes St. MarketPlace Hall
Jan 14 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Clothing Swap @ Robert C. Barnes St. MarketPlace Hall
Free Clothing swap at the indoor farmers market! Start the new year by cleaning out your closet and picking up a new look. Bring what you can and take what you need. Leftover clothing will[...]