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

Mar
4
Wed
9:00 am First Volunteer Day on the Farm @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
First Volunteer Day on the Farm @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
First Volunteer Day on the Farm @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
We have so much to do on our urban farm and garden and volunteers assist us in every step of the way. From helping us sort and plan which seeds we will be using in[...]
Mar
9
Mon
6:30 pm Spring Workshops: Farmers Market... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Spring Workshops: Farmers Market... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spring Workshops: Farmers Market Vendor 101 @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Gretchen Kopmanis informally started the Czechbox Bakery in 2012. Based on lessons she’s learned, she’ll guide you through the planning stages for starting a successful business including product development, establishing your brand, pricing strategies, record[...]
Mar
16
Mon
6:30 pm Spring Workshops: Season Extensi... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Spring Workshops: Season Extensi... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spring Workshops: Season Extension 101 @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Want to learn the most affordable way to extend your growing season and produce veggies all year round? Alexander Ball, of Old City Acres, will break down the costs of building your own hoophouse as[...]